Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad
This Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad is a delicious creamy pasta salad recipe perfect for summer BBQs, picnics, and potlucks. Packed full of juicy ranch chicken, fresh vegetables, and a creamy ranch sauce, everyone will love this fun and easy ranch pasta salad.
Servings: 8 servings
FOR THE RANCH PASTA SALAD
FOR THE RANCH CHICKEN
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
As the oven preheats, mix together the Hidden Valley® Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix, sweet paprika, cayenne powder (if you enjoy a little heat), Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
Transfer chicken breasts to the prepared baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle each side with the prepared Ranch and Paprika seasoning mixture (approximately 2 teaspoons per chicken breast).
Bake the chicken for 18-20 minutes or until internal temperature registers 165 degrees. Remove chicken from the oven and allow at least 5 minutes to rest before slicing or chopping.
FOR THE PASTA SALAD
Bring a large, salted pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta according to package instructions for "al dente" pasta (see notes). Drain and rinse pasta with cold water to stop cooking. Set aside.
At the same time, bring a separate, smaller, pot of water to a boil over high heat. Once water is boiling, add the broccoli and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the broccoli is bright green. Immediately drain and transfer to an ice water bath to stop cooking. Drain again and transfer broccoli to a large cutting board. Roughly chop into small bite-size pieces. Set aside.
Prepare the creamy ranch sauce. In a medium bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, zesty Italian dressing, and Hidden Valley® Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix. Season to taste.
Prepare the remaining ingredients for the salad- red onion, bell pepper, tomato, smoked mozzarella, parsley, green onion, serrano pepper (optional), and fresh chives.
Transfer the pasta, broccoli, and freshly chopped vegetables to a large mixing bowl. Gently toss to combine. Add the ranch seasoning mayo mixture to the pasta and vegetables and mix well to combine. Top with sliced chicken or chopped chicken and sprinkle with fresh chopped chives.
- Pasta salads are not very tasty when the noodles are overcooked. My rule is to drain the pasta noodles just before they are al dente. They should still have a "bite" to them and hold their shape. In other words, noodles that are tender but firm.
Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 840mg | Potassium: 870mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2030IU | Vitamin C: 44.3mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2.5mg