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Party Chicken and Pasta Salad

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Party Chicken and Pasta Salad
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 12
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Blend an Asian-influenced dressing to accent a spectacular mix of fresh vegetables, fruits, and tender chicken.
Updated Mar 4, 2010

Ingredients

Salad

  • 5 cups uncooked rotini pasta (16 oz)
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 12 oz fresh snow pea pods, trimmed, halved crosswise
  • 2 cups seedless red and/or green grapes, halved
  • 1 can (8 oz) pineapple tidbits in unsweetened juice, drained, reserving liquid
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted if desired
  • 6 to 8 leaves leaf lettuce

Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons reserved pineapple liquid
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Steps

  • 1
    Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix remaining salad ingredients except almonds and lettuce. In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients.
  • 3
    Add pasta and 1/2 cup of the almonds to salad; stir gently to mix. Add dressing; toss to coat. Line serving bowl or platter with lettuce. Spoon salad over lettuce. Sprinkle with remaining almonds.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Deli chicken or rotisserie chicken are easy ways to get cooked chicken for this salad.
  • tip 2
    Cook almonds over medium heat, 5 to 7 minutes, until golden brown. Stir the almonds frequently so they don’t burn. Remove them from the skillet when they’re done to prevent further cooking.

Nutrition

520 Calories, 23g Total Fat, 23g Protein, 54g Total Carbohydrate, 13g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
520
Calories from Fat
210
Total Fat
23g
36%
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
18%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
45mg
16%
Sodium
580mg
24%
Potassium
420mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
54g
18%
Dietary Fiber
5g
22%
Sugars
13g
Protein
23g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
30%
30%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 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 Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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