Basic chicken pasta salad

    1 hour 20 min

    This is a super basic pasta salad - pasta, chicken, celery, onion and mayonnaise. That's it! A great way to use chicken leftovers. It's delicious as is, or you can use it as a base to add your other favourite ingredients, such as peas or broad beans. Great for summer picnics!

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    Serves: 12 

    • 500g fusilli pasta
    • 300g shredded cooked chicken meat
    • 2 sticks celery, diced
    • 1 red onion, diced
    • 450g mayonnaise
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain, and rinse with cold water to cool.
    2. Stir together chicken, celery, onion and mayonnaise; fold in cold pasta, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place in fridge, and let chill for at least an hour before serving.

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    So simple yet so delicious! I used leftover roasted chicken strips which gave the pasta salad a smoky flavor.  -  21 Oct 2014


    Great basic starter recipe. I was looking for a chicken pasta salad w/out the grapes and nuts. I cooked the chicken in 5 cloves of minced garlic. Once it cooled I added the garlic infused chicken while leaving the minced bits out. Also, I put more kick into the dressing by adding 2 tsp of lemon juice, 1-2 tbs of white vinegar, 1/4 c- 1/2 c of sugar, 2 tsp of paprika, and a splash of milk to better the consistency. Delish!  -  06 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My family loves this recipe. I use the Tyson pre-packaged chicken chunks (near the Tuna at the grocery store) and I used Miracle Whip instead of mayo. This is quick and easy and perfect for a hot day.  -  14 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)