CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

Chicken Pasta Salad is a lovely summer meal filled with tender chicken, apples, grapes, celery & pecans. Topped with a light dressing & chopped pecans.

Chicken Pasta Salad is a lovely summer meal filled with tender chicken, apples, grapes, celery & pecans. Topped with a light dressing & chopped pecans. 

I’ve been making variations of this Chicken Pasta Salad for years. It’s one of my favorites once the weather warms up and the picnics begin. It’s easy to make and incredibly versatile. The combination of chicken, pasta and fruit with the creamy dressing is delicious. I like to serve it for dinner, then love eating leftovers for lunch the next day.

What do you put in a pasta salad?

There are a wide variety of pasta salad recipes, but this one is a little different. It has a light, refreshing flavor and the combination of chicken and fruit is fantastic. It’s a hearty salad that can be served as lunch and dinner, although it’s perfect for a side dish as well. Feel free to add in pineapple tidbits, cooked chilled peas, cheddar cheese cubes or anything else you think sounds delicious!

Chicken Pasta Salad

  • 1/2 of a 12 oz package Bow Tie pasta
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 heaping cup of red grapes
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 diced apple
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  • dash of onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Cook pasta in salted boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water for several minutes, until pasta is cool.
  2. Combine pasta, chicken, grapes, celery and apple in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together remaining ingredients for the dressing, then pour on top of salad and mix to combine.
  4. Serve chilled. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Chicken Pasta Salad is a lovely summer meal filled with tender chicken, apples, grapes, celery & pecans. Topped with a light dressing & chopped pecans.  Chicken Pasta Salad is a lovely summer meal filled with tender chicken, apples, grapes, celery & pecans. Topped with a light dressing & chopped pecans. 

Chicken Pasta Salad is a lovely summer meal filled with tender chicken, apples, grapes, celery & pecans. Topped with a light dressing & chopped pecans. Jessicasig1.png

Yields 12

CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

15 min

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a 12 oz package Bow Tie pasta
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 heaping cup of red grapes
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 diced apple
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  • dash of onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in salted boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water for several minutes, until pasta is cool.
  2. Combine pasta, chicken, grapes, celery and apple in a large bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients for the dressing, then pour on top of salad and mix to combine.
  3. Serve chilled.
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