BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad


Labor day is coming up. Though we are not going to be having big picnics we are still making salads and grilling out. It is part of our tradition over the weekend to find time to eat outside and enjoy the time together. This salad can be made a day ahead and refreshed for your picnic. We actually like the salad better the next day because the flavors have all blended together.

Verdict: Three of the four of us really liked this salad. My daughter has suddenly decided she no longer likes barbecue sauce. I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue sauce but use your family favorite or homemade. Yum!

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 6-8 large
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 lb. uncooked pasta
  • 1/4 cup medium red onion chopped (or to taste)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • BBQ sauce for brushing on the chicken (start with 1/3 cup)

Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ sauce (extra for drizzling over top)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cut the chicken breast into thin strips. Place in large Ziploc bag with the marinade ingredients and let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing and set it aside until needed.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  4. Preheat your BBQ/grill to high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook the chicken for about 3-5 minutes until it’s cooked through. Brush both sides of each piece of chicken with the BBQ sauce as needed.
  5. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and rinse it with cool water. Make sure it’s drained thoroughly. Add it to a large bowl.
  6. Add the onion, cheddar, and dressing to the pasta. Toss. Slice the chicken and gently mix the chicken. Taste and adjust the salad with extra salt & pepper or barbecue sauce if needed.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve been craving barbecue, lately. 🍁🍂🌾

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yup, that fall food change over is coming!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. syl65 says:

    This is a nice summer dish to serve. Thank you, Marci 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  3. carlyjsite says:

    Reblogged this on Carly's Comments on Life and commented:
    As Labor Day nears and summer sets, this looks like a fun recipe to try and you could easily turn it into a pasta bake for fall!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!!

      Like

  4. BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad
    Alright . Sounds like a meal. BBQ chicken,. Pasta, and salad.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks!

      Like

  5. Erika says:

    A nice summer salad which feeds well. Great idea!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, so much Erika!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Erika says:

        You are so welcome, Marci 😊

        Liked by 1 person

  6. TeresaR says:

    I love Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce when I don’t have time to make my own at home.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      The Honey BBQ one is our favorite go to. My daughter prefers Stubb’s.

      Like

  7. Kally says:

    Mouthwatering and scrumptious

    Like

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