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Pesto Bean, Rotini & Chicken Toss

Pesto Bean, Rotini & Chicken Toss

Use a can of mixed bean salad as a time saver to create this fresh tasting chicken toss. The marinated mixed beans, containing chickpeas, kidney beans and Romano beans, are in a zippy marinade complete with vinaigrette, garlic and onion. Serve as a light lunch or as a supper side salad. Any leftovers pack well the next day for your lunch and are delicious in wraps.

Ingredients

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) boneless, skinless chicken breast(s)
  • 10 oz (285 g) whole wheat rotini
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) pesto, prepared
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) pesto, prepared
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) black pepper
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) hot red chili pepper, fresh, minced (optional)
  • 19 fl oz (565 mL) marinated mix bean salad, ready-to-serve, canned
  • 4 cups (1 L) baby spinach
  • 1 yellow pepper(s), medium, sliced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, medium, chopped
  • 1 cup (250 mL) green onion(s), sliced

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 quarts (4 L) of water to a boil in a large pasta pot. Add the boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Cover, reduce heat to medium and poach for 10 minutes. Uncover and stir pasta into the same pot. Do not remove the chicken. Cook rotini according to package directions until al dente. Remove chicken from pot, set aside and allow to cool. Drain pasta. Cut cooled chicken into bite-size pieces or strips and set aside.

  2. Toss hot pasta and chicken with the pesto, Romano cheese, lemon juice, black pepper and minced hot pepper in a large salad bowl.

  3. Add the mixed bean salad with liquid, baby spinach, yellow pepper, tomato and green onions to the salad bowl, toss again and serve.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 345 g serving Amount
  • Calories 440
  • Protein 34 g
  • Fat 10 g
  • Saturated Fat 3 g
  • Carbohydrate 53 g
  • Fibre 13 g
  • Sugar 6 g
  • Cholesterol 50 mg
  • Sodium 330 mg
  • Per 345 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 12
  • Calcium 20
  • Iron 35
  • Vitamin A 25
  • Vitamin C 130
  • Vitamin B6 29
  • Vitamin B12 17
  • Folate 9
  • Magnesium 14
  • Zinc 10

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