Mexican Orzo Chicken Salad

Mexican Orzo Chicken Salad
Staff Writer

Holly Clegg

A great group-pleasing salad made with orzo, rice shaped pasta, tomatoes, corn, and chicken tossed with a light Southwestern lime vinaigrette.

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Ingredients

  • 4  Cups  cooked orzo pasta
  • 2  Cups  chopped skinless rotisserie chicken breast
  • 1  Cup  chopped tomatoes
  • 1  Cup  frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/4  Cup  chopped red onion
  • 1/2  Cup  chopped green onion
  • 1  Tablespoon  Dijon mustard
  • 2  Tablespoons  lime juice
  • 1  Tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1  Tablespoon  chopped jalapeño
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  chili powder
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  ground cumin

Directions

In large a bowl, combine the orzo, chicken, tomatoes, corn, red onion, and green onion.

In small a bowl, mix together the Dijon, lime juice, olive oil, jalapeño, chili powder, and cumin. Pour the dressing over pasta mixture, tossing to mix.  

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
39g
30%
Protein
17g
37%
Vitamin A, RAE
14µg
2%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
36mg
4%
Choline, total
45mg
11%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
30µg
8%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
62mg
19%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
229mg
33%
Selenium, Se
17µg
31%
Sodium, Na
141mg
9%
Water
138g
5%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Mexican Shopping Tip

How hot is that chile pepper? Fresh peppers get hotter as they age; they will achieve a more reddish hue and sometimes develop streaks in the skin.

Mexican Cooking Tip

There are 60 varieties of chile peppers, many of which are used in Mexican cooking. Handle them with care. When handling the spicier kinds, gloves are recommended. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before touching your eyes.

Mexican Wine Pairing

Tempranillo or other light Spanish red wine types with paella, even seafood paella. Various other wines depending on what rice is cooked with; see Pasta Recipes and other individual food types.