Thai Chicken Pasta Salad

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I don’t know about you guys, but I have been in a cooking rut lately.  I am tired of all of my old recipes and always on the hunt for new fresh ideas that don’t take forever to make. Thank heavens for pinterest! 🙂

I stumbled across this recipe last week from Better Homes and Gardens, and thought I’d give it a try.  It was a hit with the kiddos, so I will definitely be making it again.  It’s not the healthiest…between the coconut milk and the peanut butter it’s a little high on the fat content, 😉 but for a simple, fast recipe, it’s fun on occasion.

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Here’s what you need:

Thai Chicken Pasta Salad
Ingredients

 1  2 1/4 pound deli-roasted chicken
4 cups water
2  3 ounce packages ramen noodles
3/4 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup light coconut mil
 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
 1/4 cup lime juice
 1 tablespoon sugar
 3/4 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
 1 small seedless cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
 6 green onions, thinly sliced
Directions
  1. Remove and discard skin and bones from chicken. Cut chicken into strips. In a medium saucepan bring water to boiling. Break up each package of noodles (discard seasoning packets or save for another use). Add ramen noodles to boiling water. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl whisk together peanut butter, coconut milk, cilantro, lime juice, sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper until smooth. Add chicken, cucumber, and green onions to peanut butter mixture; stir to coat
  3. Drain noodles; rinse with cold water and drain. In a large bowl combine chicken mixture and noodles; toss to combine.

I added some shredded carrot, extra salt,  and extra green onion.  Bean sprouts and purple cabbage would be fun additions too and add more crunch and color.  I also spritzed it with extra lime juice for more flavor.

Enjoy!

Tammy

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Tammy

Owner at Pink Peppermint Design
Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog pinkpeppermintdesign.com. Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. Here on Pink Peppermint Design, she aims to share creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events, as well as her life, with thousands of readers every month. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.
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