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Pasta with Tomato Pesto, Feta and Chicken

Boldly flavored tomato pesto adds delicious depth to this pretty salad with an easy shortcut--frozen cooked chicken.

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  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1
cup uncooked orzo or rosamarina (rice-shaped pasta)
1
pkg (9 oz) frozen diced cooked chicken breast, thawed
1
cup crumbled feta cheese (4 oz)
1/4
cup chopped fresh basil
1/4
cup purchased sun-dried tomato pesto
1/4
teaspoon salt
2
tablespoons lemon juice
4
medium tomatoes

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Directions

  • 1 Cook orzo as directed on package; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine chicken, cheese, basil, pesto and salt; stir gently to mix. Add cooked orzo to chicken mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  • 3 To make tomato cups, cut off stem end of tomato and scoop out pulp; discard. Spoon salad mixture into tomato cups. If desired, serve on lettuce-lined plates.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Sun-dried tomato pesto has a rich and intense tomato flavor. It can be found in the deli or produce section of your grocery store as well as in the pasta sauce aisle. Orzo means “barley” in Italian, but it is actually a pasta. Resembling large kernels of rice, orzo cooks up quickly, making it great for last-minute dishes.

To add color and give this salad a special restaurant-like feel, serve it on a bed of Bibb, leaf, romaine or any other lettuce.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
455
(
Calories from Fat
160),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
18g
18%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
),
Cholesterol
80mg
80%;
Sodium
1060mg
1060%;
Total Carbohydrate
41g
41%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
32g
32%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
22%;
Iron
18%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 3 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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