One Bowl Meal: Roasted Chicken and Pasta Salad

Now that the temperature is getting warmer and we will hopefully be heading outside for meals and picnics I need to get creative with meals. I love chicken and pasta salads but really don’t care for too much mayo. (although now that Greek Yogurt has been on the market I almost always substitute in recipes). Either way dairy in the sun is not a good combination.

A friend of mine brought dinner in the form a pasta salad to a soccer game I was watching and it looked so tasty. She sent me the recipe and was thrilled to see the ingredients did not include any mayo.

The recipe comes from Cooking Light.com and was really easy, although after reading the reviews I decided to double the sauce. It was also best a day after making it. The kids thought it was too citrusy the first day they tried it. My husband and I enjoyed it for the next couple of days. Makes a wonderful lunch option as well.

This roasted Chicken Salad reminds me of a Waldorf salad on steroids only because of the addition of chicken and pasta. With veggies, fruit and protein it is great meal on the go. Also if you don’t have extra chicken or it is too hot to roast some, grab a rotisserie  chicken and the meal becomes much faster.

One Bowl Meal: Roasted Chicken and Pasta Salad

 
3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta (about 8 ozs.)
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tbls. stone-ground mustard
2 tsps. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1-1/2 tsp rice vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 2-3) (I used rotisserie from grocery)
1-1/2 cups red grapes, halved
1 cup thin diagonally cut celery
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
3 Tbls. chopped fresh chives
3 Tbls chopped fresh parsley
 
Cook pasta, drain, cool completely.
Combine oj and next 7 ingredients (through vinegar) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk to combined. Add pasta, chicken, grapes, celery, onions, walnuts, chives, parsley, toss gently to combine.
 
cool in refrigerator.
 
 

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