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Barbeque Chicken Pasta Salad

Rated as 4.39 out of 5 Stars

"Zesty and sweet, this unique pasta salad melds the flavors of barbeque chicken, pasta, and freshly diced vegetables for a delicious summer meal. Can also be made without the chicken or with less, for a side dish."
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1 h 35 m servings 435
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Place the chicken breasts into a saucepan over medium-low heat, and pour in 1 cup of barbeque sauce. Simmer the chicken until the meat is no longer pink inside, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool, and dice chicken meat.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Rinse pasta with cold water until chilled, and drain again thoroughly.
  3. In a large salad bowl, whisk 1 cup of barbeque sauce with mayonnaise until thoroughly combined. Mix in the cumin, then stir in cooked chicken. Place cooked pasta, jicama, red and orange bell peppers, corn, cilantro, black beans, jalapeno peppers, and red onion into the salad bowl, and gently fold to combine with the dressing. Serve warm or chilled.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 435 calories; 16.4 61.6 15 24 808 Full nutrition

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Was very tasty! Cut back on the peppers a bit... Apparently, some of you folks don't understand what a review Cheryl2008 for instance, "Left out the pasta, mayo, jicama, cumin." S...

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We made some big changes, but still wasn't the best. We made it warm, so we boiled the vegetables before putting them in the pasta mix. We also added more vegetables (zucchinis and mushrooms) an...

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Was very tasty! Cut back on the peppers a bit... Apparently, some of you folks don't understand what a review Cheryl2008 for instance, "Left out the pasta, mayo, jicama, cumin." S...

This was very good and receives lots of compliments, but gets 4 stars as written. It's a 4.5 star with the following: The chicken step is a lot of work. If your local market sells fresh, cook...

My husband and I both loved this dish! I used what I had onhand - red pepper, frozen corn, and cilantro. I skipped the black beans, jicima, and red onion only because I didn't have the ingredi...

Had this last night. Yum! We did change the whole wheat pasta for regular shell pasta. The kids love it also. I thought they all would of turn there noses up on it. Thanks for the recipe nenithel

For me, this recipe was part of a "Pantry Challenge". I basically plugged a few ingredients in that I had on hand and this was one of the first recipes that popped up. I did scale this recipe ba...

This is a very versatile salad to fit any family's taste. I've made this a several times and the family loves it with only a couple modifications due to our taste preference: only (1) orange and...

This recipe was so delicious!! It's a combination of things I wouldn't have put together but it turned out great- people had third helpings when I made it for a picnic. I used whole wheat rotini...

Only deviated by cutting some of the ingredients in half – I only used one can of beans, one cup of frozen corn, one jalapeno (since it was all I had), one red and one orange pepper (again, all ...

No changes necessary it was great!