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Chicken and Cashew Salad ReciMeal


ReciMeals are designed to be complete meals that need only be accompanied by a beverage, and sometimes a side salad or slice of bread. A ReciMeal provides significant amounts of at least three of the five MyPyramid food groups: about 1/2 cup of fruits, 1/2 cup of vegetables, 1 ounce equivalent of grain foods, 2 ounces or the equivalent of lean meat or beans or 1 cup or the equivalent of milk per recipe serving. The longest step in this recipe is bringing the pasta water to a boil. After that it will fall together like clockwork, and the results are nothing short of spectacular – brilliant color, vibrant flavor and enticing textures. And protein-rich canned chicken is already cooked in the can!

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  • 2 cups uncooked rotini
  • 1 cup pea pods, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) premium chunk breast of chicken, drained and flaked
  • 1 can (5 ounces) water chestnuts, drained
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted cashews


Servings 6


Step 1

Preparation Time: Approximately 15 minutes

Cook Time: Approximately 10 minutes


Prepare pasta according to package directions, adding pea pods during last 30 seconds of cooking. Drain and cool pasta and pea pods. In a large bowl, combine pasta and pea pods with chicken, water chestnuts, bell pepper, onion and carrots. Combine mayonnaise, brown sugar, vinegar and salt; toss with salad. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Just before serving, fold in cashews.

Servings: 6

Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 490; Total fat 21g; Saturated fat 4g; Cholesterol 50mg; Sodium 890mg; Carbohydrate 55g; Fiber 3g; Protein 24g; Vitamin A 35%DV*; Vitamin C 45%DV; Calcium 4%DV; Iron 15%DV Per serving, this dish provides from MyPyramid: About 1/2 cup Vegetable Group; 1 ounces Grains Group; 3 1/2 ounces Meat and Beans Group *Daily Value

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