Chicken-and-Rice Salad with Pesto Yogurt Dressing

Dinner doesn't get much simpler than this: Boil some rice and toss it with pesto, yogurt, and rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. Leftover cooked chicken or turkey will work just fine, too.

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  • Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup store-bought or homemade pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1 roasted chicken, bones and skin removed (about 1 pound meat), meat torn into bite-size pieces (about 3 cups)

How to make this recipe

  1. Bring a medium pot of boiling, salted water to a boil. Stir in the rice and boil until just done, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water and drain thoroughly.

  2. In a large serving bowl, whisk together the yogurt, pesto, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken and the rice and toss to combine.

Serve With


Suggested Pairing

Both the dominant herbal flavor of the pesto and the yogurt's acidic tang suggest a Sauvignon-Blanc-based wine. Once again, look to the Loire, Sauvignon's ancestral home, for an herbal, gassy, citrusy Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé.

Photo © Dana Gallagher Published August 2012

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 2

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Rick Edmondson

Review Body: Good idea if you are planning meals for the week.

Date Published: 2017-03-11

Author Name: Nikki King

Review Body: Can't beat the actual time it makes to cook it. 11 to 12 minutes is great!

Date Published: 2017-03-11

Author Name: Sergio Terron

Review Body: Such a great idea for when you are running low on time.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-03-11

Author Name: Shemar James

Review Body: Absolutely delicious and super simple to make.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-03-11