Ranch Chicken pasta sald

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by smokinnoob, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. smokinnoob

    smokinnoob Newbie

    I made this awhile back for a family gathering and it was a hit.  I keep getting requests for it so I thought I would share with you all.

    24 oz, dry pasta noodles (I use Tri Color Rotini but any shaped pasta will do)

    1 lbs. bacon

    3 lbs. boneless chicken thigh or breast

    6 tbs appx. olive oil

    3 packages dry ranch dip/ dressing mix (4 if you want more dressing.  You will also need to double mayo and sour cream)

    8 oz. mayo

    8 oz. sourcream

    4 celery ribs sliced

    1 large carrot diced

    1/2 red onion (if you really like onion you can use a whole one I like more but my wife doesn't [​IMG])

    Mix mayo, sour cream and 1 package dip mix.  Place in fridge to blend and cool.

    Dice bacon and cook until desired crispiness, drain and cool.

    Cook pasta to al dente (not mushy) and shock cool in ice cold water, drain very well.  After draining pasta, lightly mix with appx. 3 tbs olive oil (to prevent the pasta from becoming one large block) keep cool in the fridge.

    Cube the chicken into bite size pieces (about 1/2").  Mix the chicken with remaining olive oil and then 2 packages ranch mix.  Roast in a 350* oven for about 20 minutes until done, stirring once while cooking.  Drain chicken and spread back out in roasting pan to cool.

    While chicken is cooling slice celery, dice carrot and onion.

    Combine pasta, chicken, bacon, veggies and ranch dip.  Place in fridge to keep cool until serving.

    Sorry no q view will update when I make it again.  I hope you all enjoy and I look forward to any comments.

  2. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Sounds good Chris, I'll give it a try, but I'll cook the chicken on the WSM.

  3. smokinnoob

    smokinnoob Newbie

    yah the next version will definitely have smoked chick.  I made the recipe several years ago before I ever got into smoking and before I got good at grilling lol.
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Chris, evening.... I love pasta salad.... that is a keeper...... thanks... Dave
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing it!
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Sounds pretty good there Chris.

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