Asian Chicken & Orzo Salad

I asked and you guys spoke! I was either going to post a pie or a chicken recipe today. I asked you all on facebook and the majority said chicken! So here is my latest recipe for a light, healthy and delicious dinner. With all these warmer temperatures in my neck of the woods, I decided to marinate and grill some chicken and serve it with a light, veggie filled pasta salad.

Next to mexican, asian flavors are my favorite. I really have a lot of favorites. Incase you haven’t figured it out, I love a lot of food. Yet another reason I have a food blog…..and why I can’t lose these last 10 pounds. Go figure.

Anyways, this is a great dinner that you can make ahead or whip up in a flash. If you have the time, let the chicken marinate as long as you can. If not, an hour or two is fine. I personally like the orzo salad cold, but it taste just fine warm or at room temperature. If you’re feeling like you’re ready for Spring, then this is a great meal for you! Make is tonight or over the weekend! Everyone in my family loved this.  My daughter especially loved the Orzo. So, happy weekend and enjoy!

Asian Chicken & Orzo Salad
yield: 6
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for the dressing/marinade:
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 large clove garlic, minced

for the salad:
4 green onions, chopped
1 cup diced carrot {about 2 large}
1 red pepper, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 large handful fresh baby spinach, chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted
1 lb. orzo
1/2 cup ramen noodles

6 chicken cutlets or 3 chicken breasts pounded out flat and sliced into two
sesame seeds

Mix all ingredients for the marinade/dressing together in a small bowl. Pour half the mixture into a large zip top bag. Place chicken pieces into marinade into bag and seal. Move chicken around in bag to coat in marinade and store in refrigerator until ready to grill.

To make orzo salad, bring large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain completely and pour cooked orzo into large bowl. Top with onions, carrot, red pepper, spinach and celery. Pour remaining dressing over salad and toss to coat completely. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

To cook chicken, heat grill to high. Place chicken onto hot grill and cover. Cook 3-5 minutes per side. Cooking times may vary according to the thickness of the meat.

To assemble, pour orzo salad into large serving dish. Top with toasted almonds and ramen noodles. Place cooked chicken over top and sprinkle with sesame seeds.


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  1. Asian flavors are, by far, my favorite and that dressing/marinade sounds fabulous.

  2. Your orzo salad looks wonderful! Great recipe Lauren!

  3. I haven’t had an Asian pasta salad before. What a great idea.

  4. This looks positively delightful Lauren! You and I sound a lot alike. Mexican is my favorite followed by Asian as well. Beautiful chicken dish!

  5. Perfection!! I love everything about this dish.

  6. This is one of my favorite new recipes. I’ve made it twice and it is a hit in my family. The flavors are perfect!

  7. Made this the other night and it was a huge hit. Only change I made was to the salad by using brown rice instead of orzo and it turned out great!



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