Hunter's Wild Rice Chicken Salad

Make this chicken dish ahead and serve on days when there's no time to spend in the kitchen.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Chill: 2 hrs to 24 hrs
  • Cook: 40 mins
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Hunter's Wild Rice Chicken Salad
Ingredients
1 2/3
3 1/3
cups water
1
6 1/4 ounce package chicken-flavored rice pilaf
4 1/2
cups coarsely chopped cooked chicken (about 1-1/2 pounds)
1
medium red sweet pepper, cut into thin bite-size strips
8
ounces fresh pea pods, trimmed, strings removed, and pods cut into thin bite-size strips
1
cup bottled lemon-pepper salad dressing or vinaigrette
1/4
cup bottled French salad dressing
1/8
teaspoon ground black pepper
2
bunches green onions (about 10 total), cut into thin strips*
 
Fresh pea pods (optional)
Directions
  1. Rinse wild rice well. Bring the water to boiling in a large saucepan. Add wild rice. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 40 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed and rice is tender. Drain, if necessary.
  2. Meanwhile, cook rice pilaf according to the package directions.
  3. Combine the wild rice, rice pilaf, chicken, sweet pepper, and pea pods strips in a large bowl.
  4. Stir together salad dressings and black pepper in a small bowl. Pour over rice mixture. Stir gently to mix. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
  5. To serve, arrange green onions around edges of 6 to 8 chilled salad plates. Spoon rice mixture into center. Garnish each plate with additional pea pods, if desired. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
From the Test Kitchen
*

If you want to curl the green onions, place the green onion strips in ice water for 20 minutes; drain well.

Nutrition Facts (Hunter's Wild Rice Chicken Salad)
    Per serving:
  • 530 kcal cal.,
  • 28 g fat
  • 81 mg chol.,
  • 979 mg sodium,
  • 48 g carb.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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