Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bowtie Chicken Teriyaki Spinach Salad ~ Siggy Spice

I am so excited to announce a new series here on The Country Cook. In April and May, I will be showcasing some fantastic bloggers as well as some their amazing recipes. 
And I am very happy to announce the first cook in this series. She is a very near and dear friend to me. Her name is Sieglinde (we call her Sig) and she writes for her blog, Siggy Spice.  Sig was one the first people, along with our mutual friend Jill and my husband, who really encouraged me (read: pushed) to start a food blog. Sig and I meet because of food but our friendship has evolved and she has become a constant source of encouragement and laughter for me. 
Whether she is whipping up light and healthy meals or serious comfort food, you can always depend on Sig to deliver an amazing meal. I have made so many of her dishes and I have had success with all of them. She only posts recipes that she and her family love and she is quick to tell you if something is a total flop!
Y'all are going to love the recipe she brought today. This is a recipe she hasn't even posted on her own blog yet so I feel very privileged that she is showing it here first. I'm gonna quit blabbing now and let Sieglinde do what she came here to do!

Hello, hello, hello!
My name is Sieglinde (pronounced Sa-glenn-da), also known as Mom, Momma, Mommy, Honey, Best wife EVER (snigger, snigger) Sig, and in Siggy Spice. I have been writing my simple, family-style food blog for a little over a year now. It is my goal to infuse all the food I make with health, love, and happiness. I am a work in progress. Progressing as a mom, as a home-chef, as a woman, a wife, a daughter, a friend. I am continually evolving and changing in all areas of my life. Sometimes the changes are seamless, beautiful transitions, but most of the time, not so much. :)
Blogging has been such a creative and emotional outlet for me. Since the time I started Siggy Spice, I have met some truly dear friends. Brandie definitely falls into that category. As I am sure all of you already know, she is just a wonderful, delightful, beautiful person inside and out. She makes my heart smile, my cheeks hurt from laughing, and my belly sigh with contentment when it has had some of her scrumptious food.  Therefore, when she asked me to guest blog for her, I did not hesitate to oblige.  Anything for my kitchen sista! 
The recipe I am sharing today is one that is perfect for the warm weather coming up.  If you are anything like me, the desire to cook blows right out the door the second the air conditioner turns on. This fusion of flavors makes a scrumptious, light and easy meal.

Bowtie Teriyaki Chicken Spinach Salad
Recipe slightly adapted from:  Sister's Cafe
8 oz. Bowtie pasta, cooked and cooled
1 bag of fresh baby Spinach
1 small can Mandarin Oranges
1 Red Pepper, chopped
1/2 can sliced Water Chestnuts
1/2 bunch Green Onions, chopped
1/2 cup Honey Roasted Peanuts or Cashews
1/2 cup fresh Flat Leaf Parsley
2 TBSP Sesame Seeds, toasted
2 cups rotisserie chicken, chunked up

1/2 cup Canola Oil
1/3 cup White, Red, or Rice Wine Vinegar
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
1/3 C. Teriyaki Sauce, I use Trader Joe's Soyaki
2 1/2 TBSP Sugar

Cook bowtie pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool while whisking the dressing together in a large bowl. Marinate cooked bowtie pasta and chicken in the dressing for 1 hour or longer in the fridge. Combine salad ingredients in a large (really large) bowl and pour the teriyaki sauce, pasta, and chicken over the salad. Toss together and serve.
I was so excited when she e-mailed me this recipe that I went out and purchased the ingredients I need it so I can make it this week. This is one of those salads that will really fill you up and is a whole meal all in one.
Please take some time and visit Sieglinde's blog, you won't be disappointed. And if you want to hang out with her on facebook, click HERE.



  1. Brandie,
    Lovely to be introduced to Sieglinde. What a gorgeous looking salad full of colours and surprising flavours in there. Love the addition of honey-roasted nuts, too, for the crrrunch! Now over to check out Siggy Spice. Thanks, Brandie, for introducing us!

  2. You are a wonderful host Brandie! Thanks for introducing us to Siggy Spice World. Her salad looks fabuloso and I'm heading over there now!

  3. Looks delicious! Just became a fan of Siggy Spice on Facebook. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Very nice to meet Siggy, thanks Brandie. I love learning about other bloggers.

  5. This looks wonderful and I can't wait to try it. I am looking forward to checking out her blog as well. Thanks for the great recipe and post Siggy!

  6. Thanks so much Brandie! Love ya my friend - xoxo

  7. Awww.. I love both of you! Great salad Sig! Looks amazing girl! :)

  8. Siggy Spice's Bowtie Teriyaki Chicken Spinach Salad looks really good! Great that you featured Siggy as your guest blogger, Brandie!

  9. That recipe looks so awesome. I cannot wait to try it.

  10. That salad looks so good... Great guest post, and so nice to meet Siggy!!

  11. So wonderful to meet you, Siggy! You sound as sweet as Brandie!!! What a fabulous salad...I love everything about it :)

    Brandie, thanks so much for this great feature on your blog. Looking forward to more guest posts~

  12. Yum! What a great salad! And I'd only have to boil water! (love those kind of meals when it's so hot outside!)
    I'm on way over to her blog now!

  13. Salad looks AMAZING Sig, so fresh and beautiful!!!
    I have to tell you Brandy that you are an awesome host..great new series!!

  14. What a great guest post and a beautiful dish!!

  15. That sounds delicious! Thanks for introducing Siggy. I'm going to have to go visit her blog.

  16. Nice to meet you Sieglinde. The salad looks great.
    Great post Brandie, can't wait to see who are going to be your next guests

  17. Great first guest blog - super salad.
    :-) Mandy

  18. Love the new series! What a great way to get introduced to new bloggers!

  19. oooo how exciting Brandie! I can't wait to see all the exciting posts to come!

    Siggy's pasta looks fantastic! So fresh and satisfying!

  20. Such a great posting idea. I love it! Siggy's salad looks wonderful and I can't wait to make it. I love finding new blogs to explore!

  21. Thanks for the introduction to Siggy! A delightful recipe from a delightful woman!

  22. This is such a fun idea! I love finding new blogs and new recipes!!! Yum that salad looks delish!

  23. I love a quick and easy salad- looks delicious!

  24. Oh I just adore Siggy! I just wish we lived closer together for I have a feeling our friendship would only become stronger as I sense from afar how well rounded an individual she is....full of life and love!

    And what a beautiful salad she has made! FULL of delicious ingredients!

  25. Well lookie there...your first in the series and you've introduced me to a new blogger! The salad looks fantastic. We're heading into salad season so this is perfect. Many thanks for sharing your blog with others.


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