Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
This chicken bacon ranch pasta salad is loaded with everything you love and is the perfect dish to satisfy your cravings for a savory meal in a bowl.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 4 Servings
- 1 Lb. Chicken Breast (cooked, chopped)
- 1/2 Pound Bacon (cooked, chopped)
- 2 Ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Cup Ranch Dressing (store bought or homemade)
- 8 Ounces Dry, Penne Pasta
- 1/4 Cup Diced Green Onions or Chives
First, spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray, and dice the raw chicken into 1-inch pieces. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the chicken and cook it over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes or until the chicken is done. Set it aside for later.
While the chicken cooks, begin cooking the pasta per the box instructions. Once done, drain the noodles and place them in an ice bath to suspend the cooking process. Drain the water from the ice bath, and set the pasta aside.
Next, cook the bacon per the package instructions. When it's done, dice it into small pieces.
Place all the ingredients in a large bowl, then toss to combine. Mix well to ensure the ingredients are evenly coated with ranch dressing.
Store the pasta salad in the refrigerator in a sealed container until ready to serve. Once you are ready to serve it, portion it out and sprinkle the cheese, green onions, and bacon on each serving.
*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.
*See post regarding tips, recipe variations, and recommendations for the recipe.
Calories: 926kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1256mg | Potassium: 727mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 1.9mg