Monday, August 27, 2012

Orange Chicken Salad

 What to fix for dinner was the question of the day...something quick and easy...get a rotisserie chicken and doctor it up...perfect!
 Perhaps adding penne and fruit would be tasty, so here we go making another salad!
 Orange Chicken Salad:

1 Rotisserie chicken, torn into bite size pieces
3/4 cup halved green grapes
3/4 cup halved red grapes
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 box Penne (16 oz. box, using half)
1/2 cup diced yellow pepper
11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/3 cup Hellmann's Light
1/3 cup orange juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Salad greens
Candied almonds, if desired

Combine chicken, grapes, cranberries, yellow pepper, green onions, and cooked pasta in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine the Hellmann's and orange juice thoroughly.  Add to the chicken mixture, stirring thoroughly to combine.
Gently add the mandarin oranges and season with salt and pepper.
If desired, garnish with candied nuts (or add them directly to the salad).  We prefer just garnishing with the almonds, so they stay crisp.
Place leaf lettuce on plates and top with the chicken salad and there you have it...a nice salad for dinner and the grocery store heated up their facilities preparing the hot kitchen at our house!!!

Please enjoy~

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