Thursday, May 10, 2012

Asian Pasta Salad with Chicken

Okay!  Talk about a delicious pasta salad--This is it!!  My friend, Judy, shared this recipe with me and it has become one of our favorites.  It makes a huge bowl so this is a good salad to take to any covered dish activity. 

**You have to make this salad the day before, so you need to plan ahead when you make it.

Asian Pasta Salad with Chicken

16 oz. bow tie pasta, cooked and drained
3 small cans mandarin oranges, drained 
1 (18 oz) bunch of fresh spinach
1/2 cup chopped parsley
4-5 green onions, chopped
1/2 - 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 (5 oz) bag crasins
6 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (I used my George Forman Grill)

1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper

Marinate cooked chicken and pasta in 3/4 of the dressing  (about 1 1/2 cups) over night.  Add other ingredients and remaining dressing then serve.

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