Barbecue Chicken Pasta Salad

If you want to blow away a crowd this holiday weekend, make this BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad! Many moons ago, I made this at Pampered Chef parties, and it was always a hit! I couldn’t find a single record of it other than the one I wrote down in our family cookbook. You can toss all the ingredients together beforehand or at the party. It’s a great make-ahead option for entertaining. The noodles soaked up with the dressing are fantastic! I used Hidden Valley Light Ranch Dressing and Terry Black’s BBQ Sauce. Also, I used Trotelle noodles, but any curly noodle will work…rigatoni, cavatappi, cellentani, etc. If you’re in a hurry or last minute, you could use ready-made bacon. ⠀

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled (or pre-cooked)
  • 1 lb curly pasta, cooked al dente & drained
  • 8 oz ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
  • Recipe

    Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cover a large sheet pan with aluminum foil, lay bacon slices in one layer, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. For the dressing, whisk together ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, and garlic. In a large bowl, combine pasta, onion, green pepper, cheese, sliced chicken, crumbled bacon, and dressing. Mix until combined well, cover, and refrigerate. When ready to serve, pour in a serving bowl and top with additional parmesan cheese.

    Approximate Nutrition Information for 1 cup (makes 12): 225 calories, 5g fat, 34g carbs, 11g protein

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    If you want to blow away a crowd this holiday weekend, make this BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad! Many moons ago, I made this at Pampered Chef parties, and it was always a hit! I couldn’t find a single record of it other than the one I wrote down in our family cookbook. You can toss all the ingredients together beforehand or at the party. It’s a great make-ahead option for entertaining. The noodles soaked up with the dressing are fantastic! I used Hidden Valley Light Ranch Dressing and Terry Black’s BBQ Sauce. Also, I used Trotelle noodles, but any curly noodle will work…rigatoni, cavatappi, cellentani, etc. If you’re in a hurry or last minute, you could use ready-made bacon. ⠀