Chicken Cherry Pasta Salad

Chicken Cherry Pasta Salad

Chicken Cherry Pasta Salad

Servings:*

16 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 (225 pound) package frozen boneless skinless chicken breast strips
  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry gnocchi or shell pasta
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 (5 ounce) package dried cherries
  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 1/4 cups creamy style poppyseed dressing
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 4 cups baby spinach, stems removed
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • curly leaf lettuce
Serve at a luncheon or buffet.

Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown chicken strips on all sides until juices run clear (about 15 minutes); drain. Cool; cut into cubes. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions. Rinse with cold water;drain. Combine chicken, pasta, celery, onion and cherries. Combine mayonnaise, poppyseed dressing, salt and pepper. Fold 1 3/4 cups dressing into salad, reserving 3/4 cup dressing. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight.
  2. To Serve: Fold in spinach and walnuts; add remaining dressing as needed. Spoon into lettuce-lined serving dish.
* Recipes created for given quantity. Changes to quantities are for planning purposes only and have not been tested.