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Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

This Asian Chicken Pasta Salad is the perfect salad to serve at your next family gathering, summer cookout, or picnic. This salad tastes even better the longer it chills in the fridge!

What ingredients do I need to make this Asian Chicken Pasta Salad?

  • Bow Tie Pasta or Whole Grain Bow Tie Pasta– if you’re following the purple plan you can use the whole grain bow tie pasta for zero points. 
  • Cooked Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast or rotisserie chicken (without the skin)– chopped
  • Matchstick Carrots– chopped
  • Cilantro-chopped 
  • Green Onions-thinly sliced
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Silvered Almonds- optional
  • Lite Kraft Toasted Sesame Dressing-you can use Kraft lite toasted sesame dressing or you can make your own toasted sesame dressing. 

 

What other ingredients can I add to this Asian Chicken Pasta Salad?

  • Mandarin oranges- drained
  • Red pepper, chopped
  • Edamame
 

How can I make my own dressing?

Here’s a recipe you can use for my homemade toasted sesame dressing.

Toasted Sesame Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce- be sure to use low sodium otherwise the dressing will be VERY salty. 
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil- I use vegetable oil 
  • 2 Tbsp regular brown sugar, unpacked or zero point brown sugar sweetener such as Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener 
  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp dried ginger
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Place all ingredients into a jar with a lid. Shake well. 

 

How do I make this Asian Chicken Pasta Salad?

Cook bow tie pasta in boiling water, for about 10 minutes or one minute less than package directions or until al dente.
Drain pasta, and rinse with cold water, to stop the cooking process and cool the pasta.
 

Meanwhile, chop veggies

and chicken and place into a large bowl.

Add cool pasta.

Pour 1/2 cup dressing over the pasta salad. Mix until well combined.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving for the best results. 

Stir in another 1/4 cup Kraft dressing or the remaining homemade dressing and/or garnish with almonds just before serving.

 

Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. or about 4 cups bow tie pasta or whole grain bow tie pasta, dry 
  • 2 cups cooked skinless, boneless chicken breast or rotisserie chicken- without the skin 
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots, chopped
  • 3/4 cup cilantro, chopped 
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup silvered almonds, optional
  • 3/4 cup lite Kraft Toasted Sesame Dressing, divided 

Directions:

  1. Cook bow tie pasta in boiling water, for about 10 minutes or one minute less than package directions indicate, or until al dente.
  2. Drain pasta, and rinse with cold water, to stop the cooking process and cool the pasta. 
  3. Meanwhile, chop veggies and chicken and place into a large bowl. Add cooled pasta.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup dressing over the pasta salad. Mix until well combined.
  5. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving for the best results. 
  6. Uncover and mix in another 1/4 cup Kraft dressing or the remaining homemade dressing and/or garnish with almonds just before serving.

Servings: Makes 8 ( 1 and 1/4 cup) servings  

GREEN:

  • 5 smartpoints per serving without silvered almond and Kraft lite toasted sesame dressing
  • 6 smart points per serving with silvered almond and Kraft lite toasted sesame dressing
  • 7 smart points per serving without silvered almond and homemade toasted sesame dressing and regular brown sugar 
  • 7 smartpoints per serving with or without silvered almonds and homemade toasted sesame dressing with zero point brown sugar sweetener 
  • 8 smartpoints per serving with slivered almonds using homemade toasted sesame dressing and regular brown sugar 

BLUE:

  • 5 smartpoints per serving with or without silvered almonds and Kraft lite toasted sesame dressing
  • 6 smartpoints per serving with or without silvered almonds and homemade toasted sesame dressing with zero point brown sugar sweetener
  • 6 smartpoints per serving without silvered almonds and homemade toasted sesame dressing with regular brown sugar 
  • 7 smartpoints per serving with silvered almonds and homemade toasted sesame dressing with regular brown sugar 

PURPLE:

  • 2 smartpoints per serving with or without silvered almonds using whole grain bow tie pasta and Kraft lite toasted sesame dressing
  • 2 smartpoints per serving without silvered almonds using whole grain bow tie pasta and zero point brown sugar sweetener 
  • 3 smartpoints per serving with silvered almonds using whole grain bow tie pasta and zero point brown sugar sweetener
  • 3 smartpoints per serving without silvered almonds using whole grain bow tie pasta and homemade toasted sesame dressing with regular brown sugar 
  • 4 smartpoints per serving with silvered almonds and homemade toasted sesame dressing and whole grain bow tie pasta with regular brown sugar 
Yield: 8

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

This Asian Chicken Pasta Salad is the perfect salad to serve at your next family gathering, summer cookout, or picnic. This pasta salad tastes even better the longer it chills in the fridge!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. or about 4 cups bow tie pasta or whole grain bow tie pasta 
  • 2 cups cooked skinless, boneless chicken breast or rotisserie chicken- without the skin 
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots, chopped
  • 3/4 cup cilantro, chopped 
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup silvered almonds, optional
  • 3/4 cup lite Kraft Toasted Sesame Dressing, divided

Instructions

    1. Cook bow tie pasta in boiling water, for about 10 minutes or one minute less than package directions indicate, or until al dente.
    2. Drain pasta, and rinse with cold water, to stop the cooking process and cool the pasta. 
    3. Meanwhile, chop veggies and chicken and place into a large bowl. Add cooled pasta.
    4. Pour 1/2 cup dressing over the pasta salad. Mix until well combined.
    5. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving for the best results. 
    6. Uncover and mix in another 1/4 cup Kraft dressing or the remaining homemade dressing and/or garnish with almonds just before serving.

    Servings: Makes 8 ( 1 and 1/4 cup) servings  

    GREEN:

    5 smartpoints per serving without silvered almond and Kraft lite toasted sesame dressing
    6 smart points per serving with silvered almond and Kraft lite toasted sesame dressing
    7 smart points per serving without silvered almond and homemade toasted sesame dressing and regular brown sugar 
    7 smartpoints per serving with or without silvered almonds and homemade toasted sesame dressing with zero point brown sugar sweetener 
    8 smartpoints per serving with slivered almonds using homemade toasted sesame dressing and regular brown sugar 

    BLUE:

    5 smartpoints per serving with or without silvered almonds and Kraft lite toasted sesame dressing
    6 smartpoints per serving with or without silvered almonds and homemade toasted sesame dressing with zero point brown sugar sweetener
    6 smartpoints per serving without silvered almonds and homemade toasted sesame dressing with regular brown sugar 
    7 smartpoints per serving with silvered almonds and homemade toasted sesame dressing with regular brown sugar 

    PURPLE:

    2 smartpoints per serving with or without silvered almonds using whole grain bow tie pasta and Kraft lite toasted sesame dressing
    2 smartpoints per serving without silvered almonds using whole grain bow tie pasta and zero point brown sugar sweetener 
    3 smartpoints per serving with silvered almonds using whole grain bow tie pasta and zero point brown sugar sweetener
    3 smartpoints per serving without silvered almonds using whole grain bow tie pasta and homemade toasted sesame dressing with regular brown sugar 
    4 smartpoints per serving with silvered almonds and homemade toasted sesame dressing and whole grain bow tie pasta with regular brown sugar 

Notes

Toasted Sesame Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce-be sure to use low sodium otherwise the dressing will be VERY salty.
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil- I use vegetable oil 
  • 2 Tbsp regular brown sugar, unpacked or zero point brown sugar sweetener such as Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener 
  • 3Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp dried ginger
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a jar with a lid. Shake well. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 480mgCarbohydrates: 42gNet Carbohydrates: 39gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 14g

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Monday 26th of July 2021

This looks really delicious. I'm trying to think of other veggies I can add in to bulk this up. Do you think slaw mix or chopped napa cabbage would work in this, or would the flavor/texture not be good? Or maybe chopped broccoli?

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