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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

May 24, 2018 (Last Updated: June 29, 2019)

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is the ULTIMATE summer pasta salad. So simple to make and absolutely bursting with flavour, after trying this recipe you won’t make pasta salad any other way!

Everybody needs a pasta salad recipe up their sleeve for entertaining purposes. Literally any BBQ, party or just food gathering, this is my go-to dish to bring. Chicken bacon ranch pasta salad – you really can’t go wrong.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad with fresh parsley in a glass bowl

Like, is there really a better combo than chicken bacon and ranch!? Because if there is I want it in and around my face immediately.

But until then, this is the combo that dreams are made of.

If you hadn’t already gathered by the other recipes in my blog, I don’t do things half-heartedly. If I’m gonna make a pasta salad, it’s gonna be big, it’s gonna be bold and god dang it it’s gonna be beautiful. No reduced fat dressings or lettuce in sight.

And here we arrive at the main reason I’ll never own a six pack.

First things first, ranch dressing.

The Best Pasta Salad Dressing

Ranch Dressing ingredients

I know it’s tempting with any type of salad to just drown it in ranch. Trust me, I love ranch more than life itself. But with just a few added ingredients you can really enhance your pasta salad sauce.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Sauce

  • 1 cup/250ml Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 cup/125ml Sour Cream
  • Handful of Fresh Parsley
  • Squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • Salt & Black Pepper

I prefer a more creamy pasta salad sauce, and I believe this combo gives just the right amount of creaminess. I find that by using just straight ranch it’s just a bit too overpowering and heavy. A squeeze of lemon juice, some sour cream and some fresh parsley lighten things up perfectly.

So, what else we got going on?

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Ingredients

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad ingredients

Again, I don’t like to jam pack the pasta salad full of ingredients. You know, just the essentials.

  • 8.8oz/250g Short Cut Pasta
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 8 rashers of Bacon
  • 1/2 cup/50g Cheddar
  • 1 rib of Celery
  • 2 Green Onions

Chicken, cheese, bacon and pasta? Yeah let’s not pretend that’s not the most incredible food coma ready and waiting..

Chicken bacon and ranch is the perfect combo to create the most delicious pasta salad imaginable. With minimal ingredients and using up leftovers, your ‘BYO salad’ game is about to go from a 9 to a 10!

Okay let’s dive in, I’m starving all over again.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad with fork

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad (Full Recipe & Video)

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad with fresh parsley in a glass bowl

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is the ULTIMATE summer pasta salad. So simple to make and absolutely bursting with flavour, after trying this recipe you won't make pasta salad any other way!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 310kcal

Ingredients

  • 8.8oz / 250g Short Cut Pasta

Sauce

  • 1 cup / 250ml Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Sour Cream
  • handful of Fresh Parsley, finely diced (save some to garnish)
  • squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

Fillings

  • 2 Chicken Breasts, cooked, cooled & chopped
  • 8 rashers of Bacon, cooked, cooled & chopped
  • 1/2 cup / 65g Cheddar Cheese, cubed
  • 2 Green Onions, finely diced
  • 1 rib of Celery, finely diced

Instructions

  • Pop your pasta into salted boiling water and cook according to packet instructions. Drain and rinse will cold water.
  • Meanwhile, combine your sauce ingredients in a bowl and taste test for seasoning.
  • In a large bowl, add your pasta and mix in your fillings and sauce.
  • Cover and pop in the fridge or enjoy straight away!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes

a) Shredded Chicken - You can definitely sub shredded chicken instead of chopped. Leftover rotisserie chicken works perfectly for this recipe.
 
b) Cold ingredients - It's important to make sure all your cooked ingredients (pasta, chicken and bacon) are completely cold before combining. If it's all warm, your cheese is gonna go soft, the sauce will turn greasy once it cools again and summer will be ruined forever. You've been warned 😉
 
c) Pepper - I like a good amount of pepper in the pasta salad as a nice kick of spice to balance of the richness of everything. Something to think about when taste testing.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 195
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.7g33%
Saturated Fat 4.3g22%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10.7g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 586mg24%
Potassium 237mg7%
Carbohydrates 11.8g4%
Fiber 1.4g6%
Sugar 1.7g2%
Protein 17.8g36%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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For more ways to use leftover chicken, check out my Shredded Buffalo Chicken Wraps!

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Wraps with blue cheese sauce and potato wedges

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Carolone
    May 27, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Love the sound of that dressing, looks great as a BBQ side

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 27, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Yep! I have this at BBQs all the time! Thanks, Caroline 🙂

  • Reply
    Jill
    May 27, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    5 stars
    My whole family would devour this pasta salad. I’ll be making it for sure.

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 27, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Jill! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    Shelby
    May 27, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    5 stars
    I love using sour cream in my dressing recipes. It always brightens it up a ton! Your recipe looks like pure summertime comfort food perfect for picnics, potlucks, and reunions!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 27, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      Isn’t sour scream just the most delicious addition to a dressing!? Thanks, Shelby 🙂

  • Reply
    Claudia Lamascolo
    May 27, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    5 stars
    this pasta salad would be gone in a new york minute here. These flavors are what my whole family loves and its perfect timing for the Memorial Day get together we are having ! Thanks

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 27, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you!! Have a great weekend, Claudia 🙂

  • Reply
    camila hurst
    May 27, 2018 at 11:36 am

    5 stars
    Love the pics!! and this pasta salad looks absolutely delicious!! As always, you don’t fail to make me hungry!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 27, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Camila!! 🙂

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