"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." — ohines
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1 (16 ounce) package
bow tie pasta
light soy sauce
ground black pepper
shredded, cooked chicken breast meat
chopped fresh cilantro
chopped green onion
This is my favorite recipe that I have found at allrecipes.com - I fell in love with it when I was making (and tasting) the sauce! The sauce is AMAZING and so delicious, really to die for, and it *makes* the dish. The sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, aromatic and delightful. I make this in huge batches and I add cherry tomatoes, blanched snap peas, baby carrots, and celery. We eat it as the main course, and we have yummy leftovers for the day after. I have made this recipe over and over again.
Good sidesish...I'm glad I cut the vegetable oil to 1/4 cup as it was more than enough. I also added half red and green bell pepper, chopped. It is a different type of pasta salad and IF I made it again, I might try adding some toasted ramen noodles for some crunch because it tastes just like a pasta version of "asian salad," also found on this site, which is what I think I'll stick with instead of this one. Thanks anyways!
I've received many compliments on this recipe, having served it a few times. I would only alter a few things: add julienned carrots, sliced water chestnuts and pea pods cut in half on an angle- really adds nice color, texture and flavor. Knock oil down to 1/3 cup otherwise it is REALLY oily. I use fettucine noddles. If you are making this ahead and chilling it (which I would recommend), add half of the dressing while noodles are still warm and will soak up flavor. MMM! Toss the other half of the dressing before serving. I like it warm OR cold, but feel it is better cold. Still great the next day. Will make again and again!!
To DIE for! I reduced the oil to 1/3 cup to make it lower in fat, added a cup of frozen cooked peas and 2 chopped Roma tomatoes for some veggies. Since I love cilantro so much, I increased it to 1/2 cup. The dressing was just amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe!
liked the flavor of this and am a huge fan of cilantro, but this is deffinately a dish I would leave it out! The green onions with the sesame sauce is perfect. You're in better luck when using chunks of chicken, shredded makes the salad a little messy. You can eat this hot or cold its great!
second review- this recipe gets better and better as you make it! I'm eating low carb so today I made this (still left the cilantro out) with low carb linguini (snapped them in half so they are short noodles) made the sauce with olive oil instead of vegetable oil, used splenda instead of regular sugar and added vegetables to the green onion like some bok choy, whole canned mushrooms, sugar snap peas, water chestnuts and julianned carrots. INCREDIBLE!! I love this stuff hot and cold. I usually bring a container to work and tend to eat it hot, but by the time its lunch and I'm ready to do that, its gone! great meal and great dish to bring to a party.
I loved this recipe but had to add vegetables. I added cashew halves,, red, yellow, and orange bell pepper, pea pods, carrots, celery, and fresh corn. I also decreased the amount of oil in the recipe and used rice wine and not vinegar. I substituted fresh ginger for powdered and added a touch of lime juice. It is very pretty and tasty! It is now a staple for my family at picnics!
This is a great recipe to build on for your own personal preferences. I cut the oil back to 1/3 cup as the first time I made this is was just to oily. Everything else remained the same. Dressed the salad with 1/2 the dressing mix while the noodles were still warm to absorb the great flavors. Saved the last half to dress again right before serving. Added blanched and juilenned carrots, waterchestnuts for crunch, marinated mushrooms and snowpeas cut on the diagonal for color and presentation. Beautiful salad!
Delicious! Would even be good without the chicken for a vegetarian dish. I added grated carrots for color.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 137
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