Cha Cha Chicken and Rice-A-Roni Salad

(4 Ratings)


  • 1 (5.9-ounce) package RICE-A-RONI ® Chicken & Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 fresh chicken breast halves, boned and skinned
  • 1/2 cup chopped mild onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, lightly packed
  • jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, as desired
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 mango, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup shelled sunflower seed kernels
  • Crisp salad greens

Preparation Steps

  1. Prepare RICE-A-RONI as package directs, substituting oil for margarine. Cool for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat cooking oil in a large nonstick skillet; add chicken breasts, cooking for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and done. Remove to a cutting board; let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a large mixing bowl toss together gently the cooled RICE-A-RONI, cooked chicken, onion, bell pepper, cilantro, and jalapeno peppers.
  4. Whisk together vinegar, oil, marmalade, allspice, salt and pepper, blending well. Add to RICE-A-RONI mixture, tossing gently to coat thoroughly.
  5. Add avocado, mango and sunflower seed kernels just before serving, tossing gently until well blended. Divide among 4 serving plates, serving over crisp salad greens.