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Asian Chicken & Spinach Pasta Salad

By May 23, 2011May 23rd, 2022No Comments

I posted this recipe last summer during the Fourth of July, but can’t help but post it again this month in honor of our ‘pasta’ month. This pasta salad visits our kitchen table nearly every month–and even more during the summer. It is a MUST at all of our family barbecues and has so much flavor and texture it is plain fun to eat! One of the keys to making this salad fabulous is the heavily seasoned chicken with lemon pepper. It sounds weird, because there is not lemon in the dressing or any other part of the recipe, but having that extra tang and seasoning on the chicken makes this salad incredibly good! Looking at these pictures I think the next time I make this recipe I will try adding red bell pepper. Bell peppers are common ingredients in Asian cooking and I think this salad would be even prettier with a little more color. What do you think?

I hope you enjoy this salad as much as our family does! This and the Sesame Noodles I posted about yesterday are hands down my two favorite pasta salad dishes on the planet! Hope you have a great time at your Memorial Day BBQ’s. Any of the pasta dishes we have posted this month would be a perfect side dish for your picnics or parties this weekend! (Now..if we could only have nice weather 🙂

Asian Chicken Spinach Pasta Salad

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Servings: 6
Author: Deals to Meals

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. bowtie or farfalle pasta
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Lemon pepper for seasoning chicken
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 2-3 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3-1/2 cup sugar depending how sweet you like the dressing
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 3 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. fresh garlic minced

Instructions

  • Season chicken heavily with lemon pepper and saute until cooked through (or grill). Cut chicken into cubes. Cook noodles and drain. Add the cooked chicken and drained pasta into a serving bowl. Add the bean sprouts, sesame seeds, and spinach to the hot noodles and chicken. Combine dressing ingredients into a bowl. Add dressing to salad, and cover until ready to serve.

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