Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad


I had this at a party and couldn't get it off my mind. It's a fruity Asian chicken salad that even my family's picky eaters enjoy. I bake my own chicken for more flavor, which adds to the prep time, but pre-cooked or canned chicken will also work just fine.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
53 mins
6 servings


  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger

  • cup rice vinegar

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 clove garlic, pressed

  • 1 (8 ounce) package bow tie (farfalle) pasta

  • ½ cucumber - scored, halved lengthwise, seeded, and sliced

  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped red onion

  • 2 diced Roma tomatoes

  • 1 carrot, shredded

  • 1 (6 ounce) bag fresh spinach

  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin orange segments, drained

  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken

  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted


  1. To make the dressing, whisk together the ginger root, rice vinegar, orange juice, vegetable oil, sesame oil, soup mix, sugar, and garlic until well blended. Cover, and refrigerate until needed.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the bowtie pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain, and rinse under cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl.

  3. To make the salad, toss the cucumber, bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, carrot, spinach, mandarin oranges, chicken, and almonds with the pasta. Pour the dressing over the salad mixture, and toss again to coat evenly. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

425 Calories
19g Fat
45g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 358mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 52mg 260%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 623mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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