Chicken-Thyme-Penne Salad

Chicken-Thyme-Penne Salad

It's "thyme" for chicken salad! Make this crunchy and flavor-packed salad a day ahead for a super time-saver.

Prep Time

25

Minutes

Total Time

4:25

Hrs:Mins

Makes

12

servings

3
cups uncooked penne pasta (10 oz)
4
cups cubed deli rotisserie chicken (from two 2- to 2 1/2-lb chickens)
2
cups seedless red grapes, cut in half
2
medium stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)
1/3
cup chopped onion (1 small)
3
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2
tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves, crushed
1 1/4
cups reduced-fat mayonnaise or salad dressing
1
tablespoon milk
1
tablespoon honey
1
tablespoon coarse-grained mustard
1
teaspoon salt
1
cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  1. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  2. In very large (4-quart) bowl, mix pasta, chicken, grapes, celery and onion. In small bowl, mix oil and 1 tablespoon of the fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon of the dried thyme). Pour oil mixture over chicken mixture; toss to coat.
  3. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, milk, honey, mustard, salt and remaining thyme. Cover chicken mixture and mayonnaise mixture separately; refrigerate at least 4 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  4. Up to 2 hours before serving, toss chicken mixture and mayonnaise mixture. Cover; refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, stir in 3/4 cup of the walnuts. Sprinkle salad with remaining walnuts.
Makes 12 servings (1 cup each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
How-To
To toast walnuts, bake uncovered in an ungreased shallow pan at 350°F for 6 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
Special Touch
Garnish the salad with 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese for a sophisticated flavor.
How-To
This salad is great for a potluck! Just tote along the walnuts to stir in once you're at the gathering.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 400
    • (Calories from Fat 200),
  • Total Fat 22g
    • (Saturated Fat 3 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 50mg;
  • Sodium 610mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 30g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
    • Sugars 7g),
  • Protein 19g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 2 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 3 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.