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5 from 3 votes

Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad

This Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad is perfect for a BBQ, a picnic or a lunch. Loaded with chicken, bacon, tomatoes and olives and smothered in a creamy ranch, mayo and sour cream dressing, this will be your "go to" pasta salad this summer!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, pasta salad, summer picnic
Servings: 8
Calories: 551kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru

Ingredients

For Dressing

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup chives chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste

For Pasta Salad

  • 10 oz pasta I used Rigati, which is a smaller version of Rigatoni
  • 6 slices bacon chopped and fried
  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and diced (about 2 cups), I used all the breast from a Rotisserie chicken
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved

Instructions

  • In a medium size bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain in a colander and rinse it under cold water to stop it from cooking any further.
  • Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Add the bacon, chicken breast, celery, black olives and cherry tomatoes then add the prepared dressing. Toss well. 

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Notes

I usually chop the bacon into small pieces before frying, I find it easier to fry this way vs frying the whole slices and then chopping it. Also I find it may fry faster this way.
 
I used chicken breasts but feel free to use dark or white meat in this salad, totally up to you.
 
I prefer chill this salad for a couple hours before serving. 
 
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, it should last anywhere from 3 to 5 days.
 
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
 

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Nutrition

Serving: 179g | Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.22g | Protein: 15.91g | Fat: 40.4g | Saturated Fat: 5.864g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17.583g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.584g | Trans Fat: 0.21g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 764mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 4.3g | Sugar: 2.24g | Vitamin A: 14% | Vitamin C: 4% | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 5%