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Friday, August 21, 2009

Sesame Chicken Salad

This makes a huge salad!! It would work great for neighborhood BBQ's, family party's, Baby showers, etc.. if you wanted to make it for your family I would suggest you scale it back unless you intend to eat leftovers for a week. The flavor on this one is awesome! I love oriental salada and this one is up there at the top, next to my mom's Chinese Chicken Salad.

1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta
1 cup canola oil
2/3 cup white wine vinegar
2/3 cup teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
2 cans (8 ounces each) sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1-1/3 cups honey-roasted peanuts
1 package (9 ounces) fresh spinach, torn
1 package (6 ounces) dried cranberries
6 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and place in a very large bowl.
In a small bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, teriyaki sauce, sugar and pepper. Pour over pasta and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Just before serving, add the remaining ingredients; gently toss to coat.

Yield: 22 servings (1 cup each).

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