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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 have whole grain pasta as a zero point food 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 indicate, 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  

2-10 PersonalPoints* per serving

*This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan? 

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*The recipe builder link only works for WW members located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, you’ll need to access the WW app manually to create the recipe in the recipe builder. 

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  

    2-10 PersonalPoints* per serving

    *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

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. 

Smartpoints:
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 

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

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

Do not use the WW nutritional calculator to calculate points. The nutritional calculator does take zero point food ingredients into consideration and will not be accurate. Personal Point values and nutritional information is estimated and calculated using the brand of ingredients listed in the recipe. PersonalPoints values may vary depending on the brand of ingredients used and depending on your customized zero point foods list. To accurately calculate the Personal Point value on a recipe you will need to enter the ingredients in the WW app recipe builder by going to the top bar in your WW App and selecting “My Foods” then when you are in my foods select “Recipes” then click “Create” in top corner, this is where you will build the recipe, give it a name, select how many servings it makes and then add all ingredients.

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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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