Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mandarin Chicken Bowtie Salad

This is a large recipe great for parties or showers.  So if you're not feeding a large crowd, I'd definitely halve this one!  I first had it at a baby shower for someone in the ward, and it was mighty tasty!  The recipe comes from a blog a bunch of girls in the ward contribute to, I Love to Cook.  It's definitely worth making and sharing!

16 oz bowtie pasta

1 cup oil *veggie or canola*
2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
2/3 cup white wine vinegar
6 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

10 oz fresh spinach
6 oz craisins
3- 11oz cans mandarin oranges (drained)
2- 8 oz cans water chesnuts (drained)
1/2 cup fresh parsley- chopped
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
1 bunch green onions- chopped
6 oz honey roasted peanuts
2 cups cooked chicken cut to sm. pieces
Cook pasta according to directions, then chill. Mix dressing and add to pasta and marinate for atleast 2 hours. Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with pasta and dressing right before serving.

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