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Orzo, Chicken and Fresh Basil Salad

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A crowd-pleasing side dish with orzo pasta, fresh basil and parsley, capers, tomatoes, and cranberries.

Recipe Prep Time
Prep Time
20 min
Recipe Cook Time
Cook Time
15 min
Recipe Ready Time
Ready In
Recipe Servings
6 to 8

1 quart chicken stock
1 quart water
1 bay leaf
8 ounces (1 1/4 cups dry) orzo pasta

2 cups cooked, shredded chicken breasts
1 cup Ocean Spray® Craisins® Cherry Juice Infused Dried Cranberries
1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons capers, drained

1/3 cup Ocean Spray® Cran•Cherry® Cherry Cranberry Juice Drink
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
Mixed nuts, garnish


In a 4-quart saucepan add chicken stock, water, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; add orzo.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente (about 9 minutes); drain and set aside.

In large bowl, combine all salad ingredients. Add pasta; toss until well mixed.

Meanwhile, add all dressing ingredients to small glass bowl; mix well. Add just enough dressing to coat all ingredients.

To serve, place salad on serving plates; garnish with mixed nuts if desired.

Refrigerate leftovers.


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