163 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 93
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2

This wonderful chicken and pasta salad is perfect for any ladies' luncheon, yet hearty enough for bigger supper appetites.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Place breasts into a glass baking dish and marinate in steak sauce for 15 to 60 minutes.

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  • Grill chicken until no longer pink and the juices run clear. Remove from grill, and chop into bite-size pieces.

  • To a large pot of boiling water, add bouillon cubes and pasta. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain, and rinse under cold water.

  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, pasta, onion, avocados and tomatoes. Mix in salad dressing, cover, and refrigerate until chilled.

Nutrition Facts

476 calories; 25.5 g total fat; 42 mg cholesterol; 954 mg sodium. 43.6 g carbohydrates; 20.3 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2003
Boy was this good. I regret not having an avocado. But even without it the pasta salad was fantastic. I added some parmesan cheese and that gave it a nice flavor as well. I highly recommend this recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/01/2003
Very Disappointing is all I can say without being too rude. I will NEVER make this again. I followed the recipe except I substituted red onion for the vadalia because that is what my grocer had and I don't suggest trying that!! Maybe that was the problem but I highly doubt it. I should have followed the others advice for changes to the recipe. Read More
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163 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 93
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2003
This salad was a surprise hit with my guys I used grape tomatoes instead of cherry and only 1/4 of a Vidalia onion since a whole one seemed way too much my husband recommended I also add in a chopped cucumber in addition to the avacado since it is so mild in flavor. I am not a fan of ranch anything but this was really good I would recommend it to anyone looking for something different from the usual mayo covered salads you find at cookouts. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2007
To call this salad "the best" is a little ambitious but it is good and definitely worth making. I substituted only one of the avocados for a can of artichoke hearts to be a little more health conscious and used Kraft's Light Done Right Ranch. hint: almost any light dressing loses a lot of its inherent ickiness if tossed in salad and not plopped on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2003
Boy was this good. I regret not having an avocado. But even without it the pasta salad was fantastic. I added some parmesan cheese and that gave it a nice flavor as well. I highly recommend this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2005
I made this for a family function and people loved it! They kept asking what was in it -- they could taste the avacado but couldn't identify it. It was really different and better than regular chicken salad. (I added black olives too.) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2004
We loved this pasta salad but with a few changes. We don't love ranch dressing so I added some Franks Hot Sauce pepper and celery salt to the dressing and that tasted great. I also added some garlic powder to the steak sauce so it wouldn't be as sweet. I used a little less onion because a whole one seemed like a lot. I think next time I will toss in a third chicken breast. This is a very tasty recipe that I will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2003
This is a wonderful recipe. My Dad just went wild over it. I used red onions (they're a lot stronger so I used far less than the recipe called for) because Vidalia Onions aren't in season. Although they were adequate in a pinch I think the sweet onions would compliment the dish a little bit better. I also broiled the chicken rather than grilling it (b/c of the snow) which worked just fine. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/31/2003
This recipe is pretty good although it is VERY ranch dressing tasting. I think I am going to add some other things to it next time as well maybe some chopped carrots or green onions or something...seems like it was missing a certain flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2003
Good pasta salad! I used four chicken breasts instead of two to make it "husband friendly " Ken's Lite Ranch Dressing and substituted green bell pepper for the avocado. Next time I will use a different kind of pasta. The flavor of the chicken marinated in the steak sauce was very tasty. Will be making again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2003
Sorry but I did not like this recipe at all. The A1 marinade didn't go well. The avacados made the salad kind of green and I think it is very bland. This salad was a waste of time and money. Besides my brother no one in my family liked it. Read More
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