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Delicious BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad

I’m continuing on my mission to find some new and delicious pasta salad recipes for this Spring and Summer. This is a super busy time of year for us and I love that pasta salads allow me to make them early in the day and then they just chill in the fridge until it’s time for dinner. I found a few different variations of a BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad but none of them were exactly what I was looking for so I created my own with some trial and error. And it was delicious!

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Ingredients:
1 box pasta noodles
2 cups cooked & shredded chicken
1 carton grape tomatoes, halved
1 can whole kernal corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
2 cups Kraft cheese crumbles
3/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 bag tortilla strips

Directions:
1. Cook pasta as directed on package, rinse with cold water.
2. In large serving bowl combine pasta, chicken, tomatoes, corn, black beans, and cheese.
3. In small bowl, mix together BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, and apple cider vinegar.
4. Add BBQ sauce mixture to pasta salad and toss to coat.
5. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours.
6. Before serving sprinkle with tortilla strips.

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The kids loved this pasta salad. You can adjust the BBQ sauce/mayo ratio depending on your own taste. I found that the BBQ sauce by itself was too overpowering so adding the mayonnaise just smoothed it out some. It was so delicious! I can’t wait to make this one again. 

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box pasta noodles
  2. 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken
  3. 1 carton grape tomatoes, halved
  4. 1 can whole kernal corn, drained
  5. 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  6. 2 cups Kraft cheese crumbles
  7. 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  8. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  9. 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  10. 1 bag tortilla strips
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta as directed on package, rinse with cold water.
  2. In large serving bowl combine pasta, chicken, tomatoes, corn, black beans, and cheese.
  3. In small bowl, mix together BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, and apple cider vinegar.
  4. Add BBQ sauce mixture to pasta salad and toss to coat.
  5. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours.
  6. Before serving sprinkle with tortilla strips.
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Delicious Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

We’ve finally reached the time of year when I can put away the crockpot and start making some pasta salads. AKA- my favorite time of year. I love pasta salads and I’m on a mission this year to step up my pasta salad game. I have 4 or 5 favorites but I need to add some more to the rotation. This pasta salad happened courtesy of a pantry clean out. And it was delicious!

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Ingredients:
1 box bowtie pasta
2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breast
1 bottle Caesar dressing
1 bag Almond Accents Honey Roasted & Cranberries
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions:
1. Cook pasta noodles as directed; drain and rinse with cold water.
2. Combine all ingredients in large serving bowl and toss to coat.
3. Serve chilled.

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Everyone loved this! We had no leftovers which surprised me because pasta salad is not Matt or Ty’s favorite style of dinner. The flavors were fantastic. I think this would be delicious served on a bed of spring green lettuce mix. That’s what I’m going to do next time!

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box bowtie pasta
  2. 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breast
  3. 1 bottle Caesar dressing
  4. 1 bag Almond Accents Honey Roasted & Cranberries
  5. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta noodles as directed; drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in large serving bowl and toss to coat.
  3. Serve chilled.
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Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake

I’m always excited to add new pasta recipes to my dinner rotation because they are the one thing that every person in my house will eat without complaint. This dinner came about at the end of the month when I was just trying to use up stuff left in the fridge and pantry. And it turned out amazing!

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Ingredients:
1 box favorite pasta noodles
2 jars favorite Alfredo sauce
4 oz diced ham
2 cups cooked & chopped chicken
1 package bacon bits
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Directions:
1. Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.
2. In same pot, combine pasta with Alfredo sauce, ham, chicken, and bacon bits; stir well.
3. Pour mixture into 13×9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
4. Top with shredded cheese.
5. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

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It was so good, y’all. I mean, who can resist bacon, ham, and chicken all in one dish smothered with Alfredo sauce? It’s irresistible! We had no leftovers at all and the kids have already asked when I’m making it again.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box favorite pasta noodles
  2. 2 jars favorite Alfredo sauce
  3. 4 oz diced ham
  4. 2 cups cooked & chopped chicken
  5. 1 package bacon bits
  6. 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.
  2. In same pot, combine pasta with Alfredo sauce, ham, chicken, and bacon bits; stir well.
  3. Pour mixture into 13x9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Top with shredded cheese.
  5. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
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Easy Creamy BBQ Chicken Pasta

I stumbled upon this recipe on accident. I meant to buy the ingredients for another dinner but forget a few key components so I ended up throwing this together out of stuff I had on hand instead. And it was a hit. The kids loved it. And the dish was very inexpensive!

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Ingredients:
1 box penne pasta
2 cups cooked & shredded chicken
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cups favorite BBQ sauce
1/4 cup half and half
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:
1. Cook and drain pasta.
2. Add pasta, corn, chicken, tomatoes, and onion to 13×9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
3. Mix BBQ sauce and half and half together.
4. Stir sauce into pasta mix.
5. Top with cheese.
6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

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If your kids love pasta as much as mine do then you should give this creamy pasta dish a try. It’s the perfect one-dish dinner for those busy weeknights when you have no time or energy to make a complicated meal. 

Creamy BBQ Chicken Pasta
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box penne pasta
  2. 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken
  3. 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  4. 1 can diced tomatoes
  5. 1/2 cup diced onion
  6. 2 cups favorite BBQ sauce
  7. 1/4 cup half and half
  8. 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook and drain pasta.
  2. Add pasta, corn, chicken, tomatoes, and onion to 13x9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Mix BBQ sauce and half and half together.
  4. Stir sauce into pasta mix.
  5. Top with cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
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Easy Cheesy Chicken Manicotti

We are a pasta lovin’ family. I’m quarter Italian so I’m convinced pasta sauce runs in my veins. I like all types of pasta and my kids do too. I’m perfectly happy with a yummy meatless pasta dish but I live in a house full of carnivores so I have to take typical meatless pasta recipes and doctor them up some to fit our needs. This Chicken Manicotti dish started out as a cheese manicotti and I almost added ground beef but at the last minute decided to go with shredded chicken instead. And it was delicious!

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Ingredients:
2 cups cooked & chopped chicken
1 jar (24oz) spaghetti sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
2 tsps Italian seasoning
1 carton (15oz) ricotta cheese
1 box manicotti shells, uncooked
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
1. Spread 1/3 of spaghetti sauce in bottom of 13×9 baking dish.
2. Mix ricotta cheese with chicken, Italian seasoning, and garlic salt.
3. Scoop mixture into gallon size ziploc bag and cut off one bottom corner.
4. Gently squeeze bag to fill each manicotti shell.
5. Place filled shells on top of spaghetti sauce in pan.
6. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over top.
7. Cover with shredded cheese.
8. Cover pan with foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

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The kids loved this new and improved pasta dish. Even Matt raved about it and he’s pretty much a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I’ll definitely make this one again!

Cheesy Chicken Manicotti
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups cooked & chopped chicken
  2. 1 jar (24oz) spaghetti sauce
  3. 1 tsp garlic salt
  4. 2 tsps Italian seasoning
  5. 1 carton (15oz) ricotta cheese
  6. 1 box manicotti shells, uncooked
  7. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Spread 1/3 of spaghetti sauce in bottom of 13x9 baking dish.
  2. Mix ricotta cheese with chicken, Italian seasoning, and garlic salt.
  3. Scoop mixture into gallon size ziploc bag and cut off one bottom corner.
  4. Gently squeeze bag to fill each manicotti shell.
  5. Place filled shells on top of spaghetti sauce in pan.
  6. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over top.
  7. Cover with shredded cheese.
  8. Cover pan with foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour.
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