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Quick, Healthy Asian Sesame-Almond Chicken

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This tasty Asian Sesame-Almond Chicken is perfect for dinner -- and just as delicious chilled for lunch!

asian sesame almond chicken

ML's Susannah Locketti: You and your wallet are gonna love the versatility of this five-ingredient dish that is low in fat, high in nutrition and ready in minutes for under ten bucks. My Asian Sesame-Almond Chicken is made with whole-grain thin spaghetti -- which cooks up quickly, is loaded with fiber and resembles soba noodles (to give the dish an upscale Asian feel). I cheated and bought a package of precooked chicken and combined it with almonds to pack in protein. Broccoli slaw gets in your family's veggies, while the sesame dressing pulls it all together without added fat. Love that!

13.25 oz. box Barilla Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti
12 oz. bag Mann's Broccoli Cole Slaw
6 oz. box Perdue Shortcuts Carved Chicken Breast, cubed (do this while the pasta is cooking)
8 oz. bottle Olde Cape Cod Toasted Sesame Soy & Ginger Dressing
2.25 oz. bag Diamond Sliced Almonds

While the pasta is boiling in salted water, cube up the chicken and toast the almonds on a paper plate in the microwave for about three minutes, stirring every minute. Add the broccoli cole slaw and cubed chicken to the pasta in the last minute of cooking. Strain the mixture and place in a large bowl. Pour the bottle of dressing over, add half the toasted almonds and toss until the dressing is thoroughly combined. Serve family-style on a large platter, or plate individually. Top the dish with the remaining toasted almonds for presentation. This is terrific hot or cold the next day for lunch.

Feel free to substitute peanut sauce for the dressing when it goes on sale. If you have scallions or red peppers already in your fridge, they would go great with this dish.

Susannah's Money-Saving & Timesaving Sense:
I used two sources of protein to save money and keep it versatile. The broccoli slaw adds color and texture, plus it's pre-prepped -- which saves you time. The entire bottle of dressing is used in this recipe, which means no waste and tons of flavor without purchasing extra ingredients such as sesame seeds, soy sauce or ginger. I saved money using my store card, and bringing a reusable bag saved me five cents off my total order (as part of my grocery store's incentive program to go green). Check to see if your grocery store offers this by asking the cashier.

Cost Breakdown:

Whole-grain pasta, $1.00 on sale
Broccoli cole slaw, $1.99
Short-cut Chicken, $2.99
Sesame Dressing, $1.99
Sliced Almonds $1.59
Total Cost: $9.56

Copyright 2010 by Susannah Locketti

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Erin Batchelor March 23, 2010, 7:35 AM

Sounds good. I love inexpensive dinner ideas.

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