Someone brought this flavorful and addicting pasta salad to a potluck and everyone raved over it. I was lucky enough to get the recipe – and then promptly tweaked it.
I cut the pasta in half, but kept the amount of chicken the same so the carb count was reduced somewhat. They used dried cranberries which I switched out for fresh fruit for the same reason. Halved grapes, sliced strawberries and mandarin oranges work nicely. This was the first time I used blueberries and we liked those as well. I prefer the Brianna’s dressing and look for it when I start yearning for this dish. I’ve poached the chicken before by bringing water to boil in a shallow pan and slipping in a couple of thawed chicken breasts and cooking until done. This time I decided to use the Foreman grill. I spritzed the cooking surface with cooking oil and laid thawed two chicken breasts on the grill which had preheated a couple of minutes. About five minutes and they were done. Grilling the chicken added a bit of new dimension to the flavor of the salad. I prefer to use farafelle (bowtie) pasta and leave it just barely undercooked.
This makes 6-8 servings. If you want to serve more, use 16 oz of uncooked pasta and prepare it according to package directions. Use the entire bottle or two cups of poppyseed dressing.
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