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Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad

Rated as 4.45 out of 5 Stars

"A refreshing light pasta salad with a delicious Asian flair. Great for a summer cookout or picnic. Tastes great right away, and even better if you can allow it to marinate for a while."
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30 m servings 349 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds, and cook stirring frequently until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain pasta, and rinse under cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, ginger, and pepper. Shake well.
  4. Pour sesame dressing over pasta, and toss to coat evenly. Gently mix in chicken, cilantro, and green onions.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 349 calories; 15.2 g fat; 38.3 g carbohydrates; 15.9 g protein; 24 mg cholesterol; 308 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This is my favorite recipe that I have found at - I fell in love with it when I was making (and tasting) the sauce! The sauce is AMAZING and so delicious, really to die for, and i...

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Good sidesish...I'm glad I cut the vegetable oil to 1/4 cup as it was more than enough. I also added half red and green bell pepper, chopped. It is a different type of pasta salad and IF I made...

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This is my favorite recipe that I have found at - I fell in love with it when I was making (and tasting) the sauce! The sauce is AMAZING and so delicious, really to die for, and i...

I've received many compliments on this recipe, having served it a few times. I would only alter a few things: add julienned carrots, sliced water chestnuts and pea pods cut in half on an angle...

To DIE for! I reduced the oil to 1/3 cup to make it lower in fat, added a cup of frozen cooked peas and 2 chopped Roma tomatoes for some veggies. Since I love cilantro so much, I increased it to...

liked the flavor of this and am a huge fan of cilantro, but this is deffinately a dish I would leave it out! The green onions with the sesame sauce is perfect. You're in better luck when using...

I loved this recipe but had to add vegetables. I added cashew halves,, red, yellow, and orange bell pepper, pea pods, carrots, celery, and fresh corn. I also decreased the amount of oil in the...

This is a great recipe to build on for your own personal preferences. I cut the oil back to 1/3 cup as the first time I made this is was just to oily. Everything else remained the same. Dresse...

I made this for a picnic yesterday and it was wonderful! Everyone enjoyed it. One of the things I liked so much is that it was very light on a hot day. I followed the advice of several peopl...

Delicious! Would even be good without the chicken for a vegetarian dish. I added grated carrots for color.

Wow - I'll never buy the store-made sesame pasta salad again! Didn't use chicken, and didn't have ground ginger, but this recipe was GREAT. The green onions & cilantro add a great kick to the pa...