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Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

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A refreshing light pasta salad with a delicious Asian flair. Great for a summer cookout or picnic. Tastes great right away, and even better if you can allow it to marinate for a while.

Prep Time:20 mins

Cook Time:10 mins

Total Time:30 mins

Servings:10

Yield:10 servings

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup light soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast meat
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ⅓ cup chopped green onion

Directions

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds, and cook stirring frequently until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain pasta, and rinse under cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, ginger, and pepper. Shake well.
  4. Pour sesame dressing over pasta, and toss to coat evenly. Gently mix in chicken, cilantro, and green onions.

Nutrition Facts

calories349
total fat 15g 
saturated fat 3g 
cholesterol 24mg 
sodium 308mg 
total carbohydrate 38g 
dietary fiber 2g 
total sugars 6g 
protein 16g 
vitamin c 1mg 
calcium 54mg 
iron 2mg 
potassium 207mg

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