Make a quick and tasty pasta salad using store-bought rotisserie chicken. This delicious Rotisserie Chicken Pasta salad comes together in no time and has tangy greek yogurt dressing.
Store-bought rotisserie chicken just may be the best thing going at your grocery store. I always pick up one when I’m at Costco and love creating new recipes to make with it. Very rarely do I actually eat the chicken as is!
This recipe is a fun take on Tuna Pasta Salad I used to make but substituting chicken for the tuna. I love to make it for parties and barbecues because it seems that people are somewhat shy of tuna but all for rotisserie chicken.
If you are looking for another amazing pasta salad recipe, be sure to check out my Antipasto Italian Pasta Salad, made with salami, olives, and traditional antipasto flavors. And don’t miss this zesty Lemon Orzo Salad with feta!
Looking for a simple vegetarian pasta salad option? Be sure to check out my Pasta Salad with Veggies and Corn. And, if you have leftover ham, be sure to try this delicious Ham Pasta Salad.
Make-Ahead Chicken Pasta Salad
What I love about this dish is that you can completely make it ahead and refrigerate for up to two days in advance. When you are hosting a party, it’s key to have as many of your menu components done ahead of time.
In this salad, I use frozen peas, celery, and red onion. But you can feel free to add in whatever veggies you like in your pasta salad. This would be delicious with corn, broccoli florets, or even olives.
Firstly, to make the pasta salad, boil the noodles. Here I used farfalle, but you could substitute any short pasta you like. Macaroni, mini penne, shells, or rotini would all work great. Make sure you just cook until al dente.
Then, just toss the pasta in your mixing bowl and add on the veggies and chicken. You don’t even have to thaw the peas first.
Next, mix together the dressing in a separate bowl. Lastly, toss with the pasta salad and refrigerate until ready to eat. Dress up your pasta salad and serve in a gorgeous white porcelain serving bowl.
This is hands down the simplest and tastiest pasta salad out there. It’s perfect to serve at brunch or a barbecue. Even whip up a batch and have it on hand for a quick and easy lunch during the week. Enjoy!
Rotisserie Chicken Pasta Salad
- 16 ounces farfalle pasta (macaroni or shells would work too)
- 2 cups rotisserie chicken, diced
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- ½ cup red onion, diced
- ½ cup mayo
- ½ cup greek yogurt (nonfat works)
- ⅓ cup sweet relish
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and pour into a large bowl.
- With the pasta, add in the chicken, celery, peas, and red onion.
- To make the dressing, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Pour over the pasta salad and toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
So, you don’t cook the frozen peas???
Nope, just toss them into the salad!
I assume that the freshly made pasta warms the peas, and the peas also cool down the pasta.
yes and yes! 🙂
Super easy and looks delicious!