Margarita Chicken Pasta Salad

Serves: 8
Total Calories: 229


4 cups uncooked rainbow rotini (spiral pasta)
1 pound skinned, boned chicken, cut in strips or pieces for frying
1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (11-ounce) can Mexicorn, drained
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chili
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons tequila (if desired)


Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain and rinse in cold water. In resealable food storage plastic bag, combine chicken and taco seasoning mix; shake to coat. In large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-hot heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 8–10 minutes or until golden brown and no longer pink. Remove from heat. In large serving bowl, combine cooked rotini, corn, beans, and Dressing. Toss to coat. Fold in cooked chicken. Serve warm or cold.

In blender container, combine Dressing ingredients. Blend 30 seconds or until well blended.

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Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 8
Total Calories: 229
Calories from Fat: 98

This Margarita Chicken Pasta Salad recipe is from the Best of the Best From The Southwest Cookbook Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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