Sesame Chicken Rice Salad

sesame chicken and rice recipe


   3/4 c  Rice
1 1/2 c  Water   
    2 c  Pea pods   
    2 c  Diced cooked Chicken   
    1  11-ounce can mandarin orange sections, well drained 
  1/2 c  Sliced water chestnuts, halved 
  1/4 c  Red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar   
    1 tb Sesame oil   
    1 tb Salad oil 
   Salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste 
  3/16 ts Garlic powder


Run cold water over rice in a strainer for about 1 minute, lifting rice to rinse well.

In a medium saucepan bring rice and water to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 40 to 50 minutes or until done. Drain. Rinse with cold water. Drain again.

In a mixing bowl toss together the rice, pea pods, chicken, orange sections, and water chestnuts. Cover; chill rice mixture for 6 hours or overnight.

In a screw-top jar combine vinegar, sesame and salad oils, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cover; chill at least 6 hours or overnight.

Transport the vinegar and oil mixture and the rice mixture separately in an insulated cooler with an ice pack.

Before serving at the picnic, shake vinegar and oil mixture well. Pour over rice mixture; toss.

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