Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe with Creamy Dressing

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This chicken pasta salad recipe can be served as a main dish, or you can remove the chicken and serve it as a side dish. Its loaded with flavour, colour and loads of crunch. Its delish served cold on a warm day, even on a work day, and very popular at a potluck of barbeque. Such an easy chicken recipe idea for dinner.

A large white pasta bowl filled with cold chicken pasta salad. The salad has rotini, cut up chicken,sausage, peppers, grapes, all drizzled with a creamy homemade dressing.

Chicken Pasta Salad Ingredients

2 cups chicken in cubes

6 cups cooked rotini pasta

4 oz chorizo saugage, or salami chopped fine

1/2 cup cheddar cheese cubed

1 1/2 cups whole green grapes (cut for children)

1 red pepper cut in small squares

3 green onions sliced

2 stalk celery chopped finely chopped

Substitution Ideas

This salad is the best for using up leftover rotisserie chicken, so I often make it when I just want something quick and easy. I love it with the sweetness of the green grapes, but if your out of something and just want to feed your family without having to shop, here are some substitutions you can use instead.

Rotini Pasta- Penne, Shell pasta or Bowtie pasta works.

Chorizo Sausage – Cubed salami, or ham.

Cheddar Cheese – The recipe uses white cheddar but any cheddar cheese, or mozzarella cheese is good as well.

Red Pepper – I use red peppers for their colour, but green, yellow or orange works.

Green Onions – Green onions can be substituted for red onion, I wouldn’t use regular onion because of the grapes.

Celery – In a pinch you can substitute celery for peas, or finely chopped brocolli

Grapes – This is what makes this recipe unique, but again if you don’t have grapes you can use cherry tomatoes,

Creamy Salad Dressing

1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt

1/2 cup real mayonaise

1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp dill weed

Pepper to taste

1 tsp sugar

Chicken Pasta Salad Instruction

Boil a large pot of water, a tsp of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt. Once boiling add 3 cups of rotini, return to boil, let boil uncovered for about 7 minutes or until “al dente”, stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Once cooked rinse and strain. Place into a large mixing bowl.

A collage of the different pasta salad recipe ingredients being prepared for the salad. There is chorizo, green onions, red peppers, cold chicken, cheddar cheese, green grapes, celery and rotini.

Cut leftover or rotisserie chicken into cubes. Set aside in the fridge.

Cut chorizo sausage into small cubes. Add to bowl.

Wash the green grapes and dry well. I heard green grapes can be a chocking hazard for children. If serving kids make sure to cut your grapes in half first.

Wash and chop the red pepper, green onions, celery. Add to the bowl. Toss well.

A close up of a main dish chicken pasta salad recipe, with lots of colours, red peppers, green celery and grapes, white rotini pasta and chicken. The salad is then drizzled with creamy dill dressing.

Make the Creamy Salad Dressing

Add all the salad dressing ingredients into a medium size bowl. If you want to cut the fat content, use lower fat mayonaise and sour cream, or replace the sour cream with plain yogurt. Whip together really well and taste. Add more salt, and pepper if needed.

Drizzle the salad dressing over the chicken pasta salad, then toss to coat. Serve cold.

A large plate of chicken pasta salad with cheese, grapes and creamy mayonaise, yogurt or sour cream dressing. The large family sized bowl full of salad is in the background.

Storing Chicken Pasta Salad

As this simple pasta salad contains chicken it keeps 2-3 days stored in an air tight container in the fridge.

If you want to watch this grandmother casually make this chicken pasta salad I made a video.

A large white bowl filled with a chicken pasta salad that has leftover rotisserie chicken, rotini, grapes, red pepper, and chorizo sausage. The pasta salad is shown close up with white serving plates in the background.
A large white pasta bowl filled with cold chicken pasta salad. The salad has rotini, cut up chicken,sausage, peppers, grapes, all drizzled with a creamy homemade dressing.

Creamy Pasta Salad with Chicken

A easy summer pasta sald with chicken, rotini, chorizo and a creamy salad dressing. So easy to make and you can leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken to make it even easier.
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Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:25 mins

Ingredients

Chicken Salad Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken cut in small cubes
  • 6 cups cooked rotini pasta
  • 4 oz chorizo sausage chopped fine
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese cut in small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups green grapes cut in half for children
  • 1 red pepper chopped in small pieces
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 2 stalks celery finely chopped

Creamy Salad Dressing

  • ½ cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • ½ cup real mayonaise
  • 1 ½ tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp dill weed
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

Preparation

  • Boil 3 cups of rotini in a large pot of boiling water boil about 7 minutes stirring occasionally, until done. Rinse, drain, let cool.
    A collage of the different pasta salad recipe ingredients being prepared for the salad. There is chorizo, green onions, red peppers, cold chicken, cheddar cheese, green grapes, celery and rotini.
  • Cut up cooked chicken into small cubes.
  • Wash the grapes, red pepper, green onions, and celery.
  • Half the green grapes if needed. Cut up the chorizo cheddar, red pepper, green onions and celery. Set aside.

Creamy Salad Dressing

  • In a small bowl mix together all the salad dressing ingredients. Whip together well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    A close up of a main dish chicken pasta salad recipe, with lots of colours, red peppers, green celery and grapes, white rotini pasta and chicken. The salad is then drizzled with creamy dill dressing.

Making the Salad

  • In a large bowl add the chicken, rotini, chorizo, cheddar cheese, grapes and vegetables. Toss.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the pasta salad, toss to coat. Place in fridge to chill.
    A large plate of chicken pasta salad with cheese, grapes and creamy mayonaise, yogurt or sour cream dressing. The large family sized bowl full of salad is in the background.

Storing Chicken Pasta Salad

  • As this simple pasta salad contains chicken it lasts 2-3 days when stored in an air tight container in the fridge.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Servings: 4 People
Cost: $10

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