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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8
Servings
281
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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
7g
10%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
49mg
16%
Carbohydrate, by difference
35g
27%
Protein
20g
43%
Vitamin A, RAE
12µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
48mg
5%
Choline, total
35mg
8%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
70µg
18%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
36mg
11%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Phosphorus, P
206mg
29%
Selenium, Se
14µg
25%
Sodium, Na
433mg
29%
Water
135g
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.