Melon and Chicken Pasta Salad

Melon and Chicken Pasta Salad

Melon and Chicken Pasta Salad

This recipe, Melon and Chicken Pasta Salad.   (As of September 9, 2015 – there is still cantaloupe in the supermarket.)  Melon, prosciutto and dried cranberries pair well together in this chicken pasta salad recipe.  Fresh grilled chicken breast is best, but you can save time by using roasted or grilled chicken from the supermarket.  For the best flavor, combine the pasta salad with the dressing about 1 hour before serving.


Melon and Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe


Melon and Chicken Pasta Salad

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ tsp. salt

½ cup buttermilk

¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise

3 Tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon or 1 Tbsp. dried tarragon

1 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar

8 oz. (about 3 cups) whole-wheat bowtie pasta

2 cups cubed cantaloupe or honeydew melon

2 cups thinly sliced baby spinach

2 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken

¼ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup chopped prosciutto (about 3 oz.)

Freshly ground pepper to taste


To prepare dressing:  Mash garlic and salt in a medium bowl with the back of a spoon into a chunky paste.  Add buttermilk, mayonnaise, tarragon and vinegar; whisk until combined.

To prepare pasta salad:  Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions.  Drain, transfer to a large bowl and let cool.  Add melon, spinach, chicken, cranberries, prosciutto, pepper and the dressing: toss to coat.          6 servings


(Recipe for Melon and Chicken Pasta Salad, Diabetic Connect, 2015)


Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken

Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken

Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken

This recipe, Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken, these spicy and crunchy chicken nuggets are paired with a quick, creamy ranch dip.  If you can’t find coarse breadcrumbs, substitute Grape-Nuts cereal instead.


Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken Recipe


Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken

Canola oil cooking spray

¾ cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs or Grape-Nuts cereal

½ cup pecan pieces

2 Tbsp. chili powder

¼ tsp. salt

1 egg white

1 Tbsp. water

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes

¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise

¼ cup low-fat buttermilk or milk

1 tsp. dried dill or 1 Tbsp. fresh

½ tsp. garlic powder


Preheat oven to 450 F.  Thoroughly coat a wire rack with cooking spray and set on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Combine breadcrumbs or cereal, pecans, chili powder and salt in a food processor; process until the pecans are finely chopped and the chili powder is mixed throughout, about 1 minute.  Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.

Whisk egg white and water in a second shallow dish.  Add chicken and turn to coat, then dredge in the pecan mixture, turning to coat evenly.  Shake off excess.   (Discard any remaining egg and pecan mixture.)   Place the chicken on the prepared rack and thoroughly coat with cooking spray.

Bake the chicken until no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise, buttermilk (or milk), dill and garlic powder in a small bowl.  Serve the chicken with the dip.

4 servings


(Recipe for Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken, Diabetic Connect, 2015)