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Sesame Chicken Tortellini Salad in a wooden bowl with servers on a table with an orange kitchen towel.
Sesame Chicken Tortellini Salad
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins
This tasty salad with cheese tortellini, snow peas, bell pepper, water chestnuts and an Asian sesame dressing is a nice twist on a pasta salad. It's also super easy to make ahead to take to a lunch or dinner.
Course: Entrées, Salads
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Quick and Easy, Chicken, Pasta, Lunch
Servings: 4 to 6 people
Calories: 947 kcal
  • pounds cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups snow peas 6 ounces, cut into 3 pieces on the bias
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts cooked
  • 1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Sesame Ginger Dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 inch fresh ginger grated
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  1. Cook the chicken breasts by air-frying, grilling, sautéing or poaching. (To poach, bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Season generously with salt and then add the chicken breasts. Let the pot return to the boil and then cover and turn off the heat. Let the chicken sit in the water for 20 minutes and then remove, transfer to a cutting board and let them cool.)
  2. Bring a large stockpot of salted water to the boil. Add the tortellini and cook for 1 minute. Add the snow peas to the pot with the tortellini and boil for an additional 2 minutes. Drain the tortellini and snow peas together, rinse with cold water and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Cut the cooled chicken up into ½-inch cubes. Cut the pepper into 1- to 2-inch pieces.
  4. Make the sesame ginger dressing by whisking the sugar, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and fresh ginger together. While whisking, drizzle in the sesame and vegetable oils until the dressing thickens slightly.
  5. Add the chicken, peppers and water chestnuts to the tortellini and snow peas. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Season with freshly ground black pepper and add the toasted sesame seeds. Chill until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Sesame Chicken Tortellini Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 947 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 137mg46%
Sodium 986mg41%
Potassium 496mg14%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 53g106%
Vitamin A 1558IU31%
Vitamin C 68mg82%
Calcium 313mg31%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.