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Chicken Pasta Salad

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One of the more popular salads in the world would be the chicken pasta because of the simplicity of the flavors that the dish has. Chicken pasta salads joins other bound salads as the best salads since it can be served as an appetizer, a side dish, or the main course all by itself.
Ingredients
  Shredded chicken 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Chicken broth 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Grated cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Ground pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Uncooked macaroni/Twist / wheel pasta 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Butter 1 Tablespoon
  Mayonnaise 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Directions

1 On a pan, heat olive oil and add in the chicken. Pour in the broth and allow this to simmer. The chicken broth will help keep the moisture of the chicken keeping its meat tender and flavorful. For those who are on a diet, you can use the breast part of the chicken for a lower fat content. Add in the cayenne pepper, ground pepper, and half teaspoon of salt, then remove from heat.

2 In a separate pot, boil 2 ½ cup of water with the remaining salt. When boiling, cook the pasta for 7 minutes, then drain the water. While still under the heat, melt the butter and mix with the pasta. Add the sauteed chicken and cheese.

3 Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Add in the mayonnaise and mix well.

You have two options in serving your chicken pasta salad. You can either serve it hot with grated cheese sprinkled on top or serve this as a cold salad. When serving this recipe cold, you can place it in a air tight container and chill for at least two hours.

If you are planning for a weight loss diet, you can remove the mayonnaise in this recipe and replace with vinaigrette or French dressing. Simply sprinkle two tablespoons of dressing and toss the salad.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Feel: 
Meaty, Creamy
Dish: 
Salad
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Story
Do you have left over chicken in your refrigerator? Did you ever imagine having a great home cooked meal with your left overs? Well, you actually can and you can enjoy a healthy and filling dish even without the need to cook for a long time. With your leftover rotisserie or fried chicken, you can remove the meat from the bones and make your chicken pasta salad. You can also boil half a pound of chicken to use for this recipe. Do not forget to save the broth which you can also use for stews and soups.

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