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BBQ Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad | halfbakedharvest.com
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BBQ Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad

Simple to throw together, but packs in the flavor...it's that "salad" everyone really wants to EAT!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 448kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken, cut into bite size chunks
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 pound short cut pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 ears grilled or steamed corn
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded, if desired, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro and or basil, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced

Creamy Ranch

Instructions

  • 1. Set your grill, grill pan, or skillet to medium-high heat.
    2. In a bowl, combine the chicken and BBQ sauce. Grill the chicken until lightly charred and cooked through, turning halfway through cooking. Cook about 8-10 minutes.
    3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Drain and add to a large salad bowl with the cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, corn, jalapeño, cilantro, and basil.
    4. To make the ranch. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or glass jar. Taste, adding salt and pepper as needed.
    5. Toss the pasta with half the ranch. Add the chicken and gently toss to combine.
    6. Top the pasta with avocado. Season with freshly cracked pepper and salt. Serve warm or cold with additional ranch as desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 448kcal