Friday, June 24, 2011

Southwestern Chicken Pasta Salad

Southwestern Chicken Pasta Salad
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
Makes 4 servings

8 oz. pasta, short shape/dried
1 pound chicken, cooked with salt, pepper and lemon juice
2 oz. 75% reduced fat cheddar cheese
½ cup green onion
½ red or green bell pepper, diced
1 small tomato, diced
¼ cup orange juice
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
½ tsp salt

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and place in large bowl. Add chicken and next 5 ingredients (through tomatoes). Toss to combine. Combine orange juice and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over pasta mixture; toss gently to coat. Cover and chill.

Nutritional Information: 441 calories, 53 carbs, 7 fat grams and 39 protein grams.

Review: Really tasty recipe - definitely best cold! It had plenty of flavor, the onions added a lot of crunch and the OJ combined with the adobo gave it a spicy after taste. The serving is very large and filling - a big serving for this amount of calories and fat grams makes me happy! We'll definitely make this again, I think it would be good for an event too. Note: if you don't like chipotle chiles in adobo sauce do not try it - I think this definitely made the recipe/sauce so without it I don't know that this recipe would have much flavor. Just a head's up!

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