Asparagus, Mandarin Orange, Chicken and Rice

Asparagus, Mandarin Orange, Chicken and Rice
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Makes: 4 Servings
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Prep time: 30 minutes

Fresh California asparagus, mandarin oranges, chicken, and brown rice make perfect compliments in this Asian-influenced salad. 

Ingredients

For the Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons mandarin orange juice (reserved from oranges)
1 tablespoon soy sauce

For the Salad:
3 1/3 cups fresh asparagus (trimmed)
2 cans 11 oz cans mandarin oranges (drained, reserve juice)
12 ounces cooked chicken breast (cut into chunks)
3 cups cooked instant brown rice

Directions

  1. In  small bowl, whisk vinaigrette ingredients, set aside.
     
  2. Cook rice according to package directions.
     
  3. Place whole trimmed asparagus in a large skillet with 1 1/2 inches of water.
     
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2-5 minutes.
     
  5. Rinse with cool water and cut into 1-inch pieces.
     
  6. In a medium size bowl, toss all ingredients. 

 

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Notes

Weekly Meal Planning Tip: When you're planning a dinner with chicken, cook up extra chicken breast and refrigerate for later use in this salad. 

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