Tasteful Tuesday: Chicken Sesame Pasta Salad

Sesame & Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopThis fun, Asian-inspired pasta salad will be a great backyard party food contender this summer. It’s also a great dish for making up at the start of busy weeks throughout the year, when you have to rely on quick, but hearty meals (leftovers!).

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 16 ounces bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
    (we recommend seasoning with black
    pepper, garlic salt and a pinch of red pepper)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • Broccoli, red pepper, snap peas or other
    vegetables can be added if desired.

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds and stir until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Pour into a large bowl.
  3. In a container with a sealing lid, combine sesame seeds, vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, ginger and pepper. Shake well and pour over pasta. Toss until pasta is evenly coated.
  4. Mix in chicken, cilantro, carrots and green onion (and any more vegetables, if desired) and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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