Sesame Chicken PastaPosted: October 6, 2011
When deciding what to bring to a potluck or barbecue, I look for a dish that is easy to make, yields a large amount, and doesn’t need to be piping hot to taste good. Enter this Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad.
I have come across this at two gatherings (made by two different people), and we have made it ourselves three times in the last couple of months. It is a total winner. Here is my version, modified slightly from the one at Allrecipes.
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 rotisserie chicken, meat shredded
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or more to taste)
1/3 cup chopped green onion (or more to taste)
1. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl.
2. Combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, ginger, and pepper in a bowl, jar with lid, or large ziplock bag. Stir or shake well.
3. Pour sesame dressing over pasta, and toss to coat evenly. Gently mix in chicken, cilantro, and green onions.
4. Cover and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for several hours. Adjust seasonings to taste.