Chicken Noodle Salad

One of my favorite things in the worlds is steamy, comforting chicken noodle soup.  I made entire vats of it this past winter when the relentless snow was as high as our basketball hoop in the driveway.  Now that we are happily in the balmy days of early summer, I’ve finally eased up on the soup-making…but I wasn’t entirely ready to leave chicken noodle wonderfulness behind.  And then it occurred to me…what’s good for the soup is good for the pasta salad.  As in, chicken noodle salad!

This is a fabulous way to use up any leftover chicken you might have hanging around in your fridge.  I always try to have leftover chicken hanging around in my fridge…whenever I am making chicken anything I intentionally make extra, because you never know when a little leftover chicken is going to turn into something wonderful like chicken noodle salad.

I started out with some of the key things you find in chicken noodle soup…carrots and celery.  I sauteed them in a little butter just long enough to make them just the teeniest bit tender.  Then I scooped them out and used the same pan to make a warm white wine and butter “dressing,” which simmered up in about 5 minutes.  Once that was done, I added veggies back in, along with some cooked linguine and some shredded chicken.  I tossed the whole thing with some tongs, and voila!  Chicken noodle salad.  A few cheery green sliced scallions and I was in business.

Now, you can serve this hot from the skillet, but because I was going for the summer version of chicken noodle soup, I let mine cool down to room temperature and it was just perfect.

So don’t deprive yourself of chicken noodle deliciousness just because the snow is melted…salad it up!

Chicken Noodle Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped celery
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup white wine
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
6 ounces linguine, cooked and drained
Salt and pepper
Chopped scallions for garnish

Directions

1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large deep skillet over medium high heat. Add carrots and celery and stir until just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
2. Add wine to skillet and bring to a simmer. Add remaining butter and stir until melted.
3. Return veggies to skillet along with cooked linguine and chicken. Toss until well combined. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
4. Divide among plates and garnish with scallions. Can be served hot or at room temperature.

Comments

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  1. Karen Nelson says:

    Morning Kate! This sounds like a winner.. Always looking for the next leftover chicken solution!
    Hope all is well…!

  2. Hi Kate! I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog! You have a great voice, you post awesome recipes, and you have beautiful pictures. I’m going to start writing to the Pioneer Woman on your behalf and demanding that she sends you an invitation to her ranch to take pictures and cook together, because that would be an excellent day for all of your followers! :)

    • Hannah! You made my whole day! And yes, cooking with Ree on the ranch would be an amazing experience. :)

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