This chicken bacon ranch cold pasta salad is loaded with everything you love and is the perfect dish to satisfy your cravings for a savory meal in a bowl.
I began cooking when I was seven years old. Not because I had to, but because my father and my grandmother started teaching me those valuable skills at a young age. They worked hard to help me develop a love for the kitchen and a passion for creating simple, yet delicious meals.
One of the most critical skills they taught me was how to look into my fridge and prepare a meal based on what I had available. Fast forward to now, and I put that ability to use every day. That’s how this recipe was created.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Cold Pasta Salad
All the ingredients I needed were in my pantry, so it was easy to visualize this dish in my head. After a little prep work, the pasta salad was born. The only part of this offering that had to be made from scratch was my ranch dressing. Now, Berly’s Kitchen has an excellent spicy ranch dressing that can be used for this salad. However, if you have a dressing you prefer, then incorporate it instead.
Also, check out Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing here on LLS.
In fact, the recipe is set up that way for the sake of simplicity. The same thing goes for the pasta salad noodles. Gluten-free or wheat noodles can be substituted. With that being said, I wouldn’t use a long thin type, try to avoid stuff like fettuccine or spaghetti. You need a pasta that can hold up to being paired with bacon and chicken without becoming soggy.
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Ingredients for Chicken Bacon Ranch Cold Pasta Salad
- 1 lb. of Chicken Breast
- 4 Slices of Cooked Bacon
- 2 Ounces of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Cup of Ranch Dressing
- 2 Cups of Dry Penne
- 1/4 Cup of Diced Green Onion
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Non-stick Cooking Spray
Kitchen Tools for Chicken Bacon Ranch Cold Pasta Salad
- Flat Iron Griddle or Grill
- Large Pasta Pot
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Wooden Salad Spoons
- 2-4 Serving Bowls
- 2-4 Forks
- Cheese Grater
- Chef’s Knife
- Cutting Board
- Sheet Pan
Preparing this pasta salad is a simple task. It takes a little bit of prep work, but the payoff is worth the effort. Once the bacon, chicken, and pasta are cooked, it’s really about tossing everything together in a bowl. The last little tip I recommend is to give the pasta an ice bath right out of the colander. Doing so will stop the cooking process. In closing, I invite you to try this recipe for yourself. As always, I wish you a long life, love everlasting, and a full belly!
The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe. Actual calories may vary. Pre-cooked bacon and pre-cooked chicken can be used as substitutes. The pasta salad can be made in advance and can be stored in your fridge in a sealed container for up to three days. Did you make this recipe? Tag @lifeslittlesweets and hashtag it #lifeslittlesweets As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 678
The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe. Actual calories may vary. Pre-cooked bacon and pre-cooked chicken can be used as substitutes. The pasta salad can be made in advance and can be stored in your fridge in a sealed container for up to three days.
Did you make this recipe? Tag @lifeslittlesweets and hashtag it #lifeslittlesweets
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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What’s your favorite pasta salad recipe? I want to know! Please let me know in the comments below! Best Wishes, ~Sara
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