Chicken Pasta Salad

Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad

Chicken Pasta Salad Focus On taste

Introduction:-

Welcome to Focus On Taste. Are you in search of a scrumptious dish that tantalizes your taste buds with an irresistible blend of tangy and savory notes? Look no further than our delightful Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad! This culinary masterpiece brings together the vibrant flavors of mandarin oranges, succulent grilled chicken, and an array of fresh vegetables, all generously coated in a delectable dressing that will leave you craving for more. This recipe is not only a treat for your taste buds but also a wholesome and nutritious meal that will keep you energized and satisfied.

Chicken Pasta Salad Focus On taste

Ingredients for the salad:-

  • 8 ounces (about 225g) of fusilli or your favorite pasta, cooked al dente
  •  2 cups cooked chicken breast, grilled and diced 
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, drained (canned or fresh segments) 
  • 1 cup shredded carrots 
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers 
  • 1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper 
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley (whichever you prefer) 
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds (optional for added crunch)

Chicken Pasta Salad Focus On taste

For the dressing:-

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  •  2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil 
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  •  1 clove garlic, minced
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
Chicken Pasta Salad Focus On taste

Instructions:-

1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked and diced chicken, mandarin oranges, shredded carrots, diced cucumbers, sliced red bell pepper, green onions, and chopped cilantro or parsley. Toss gently to mix the ingredients.

3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey or maple syrup, sesame oil, freshly squeezed orange juice, grated ginger, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. This will be the dressing for your salad.

4. Pour the dressing over the chicken and vegetable mixture. Toss the salad until everything is evenly coated with the delicious dressing.

5. If desired, sprinkle the toasted sliced almonds over the top for an extra layer of texture and flavor.

6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together and enhances the taste of the salad.

Chicken Pasta Salad Focus On taste

Nutrition per serving:-

This Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad not only satisfies your taste buds but also provides a healthy balance of nutrients. The nutrition information per serving (approximately 1/6th of the entire recipe) is as follows:

Calories:- ~320 kcal

-Carbohydrates:- ~40g

Protein:- ~23g

Fat:-~8g

-Saturated Fat:- ~1g

-Cholesterol:- ~35mg

Sodium:-~560mg

Fiber:-~3g

Sugar:- ~15g

Note:-

The  values nutritional may different on the  based  of specific brands and quantities of ingredients used.

Conclusion:-

This Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad is a great option for a light lunch, a refreshing dinner, or even as a side dish for a barbecue or potluck gathering. The zesty mandarin oranges and the savory dressing perfectly complement the tender grilled chicken and the assortment of crunchy vegetables, making every bite a burst of flavor. Plus, the nutritional balance of this salad ensures that you're not only indulging in a delicious meal but also nourishing your body with essential nutrients.

Chicken Pasta Salad Focus On taste

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