Erica's Asian-Inspired Chicken and Orzo Salad

Quick Weeknight Meals Recipe Contest 2009

Recipe: Asian-Inspired Chicken and Orzo Salad Category: Omnivore How long does it take? 25 minutes Name: Erica Why is it a favorite meal? It's healthy and flavorful, and it uses ingredients I usually have on hand.Asian-Inspired Chicken and Orzo Salad

Ingredients
8 ounces frozen sugar snap peas, thawed
1 cup uncooked orzo
1/2 large cucumber, peeled and diced
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
3-4 green onions, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
4 tablespoons canola oil
4 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon grated or minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons chopped or slivered almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Directions
Thaw snap peas on the counter or in the microwave. Drain and rinse with cold water.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add orzo, cook for about 9 minutes, and drain. Rinse with cold water.

Combine the oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Whisk together well and set aside.

Combine the veggies, chicken and orzo in a large bowl. Stir in the sauce. Top with cilantro and chopped almonds.

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