With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Bow Tie Chicken Pasta Salad

Monday, July 22, 2013

Bow Tie Chicken Pasta Salad



Bow Tie Chicken Pasta Salad
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6-8 Servings

Ingredients
8 oz bow tie pasta (1/2 pound) or pasta of choice

1 Cup Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice (optional)
1 tsp. lemon zest (optional)

2-3 cups cooked chicken, sliced or cut into bite-sized pieces (baked, left-over, rotisserie) (I used three average-sized, boneless chicken breasts that I gently simmered until just cooked through)
2 cups seedless purple grapes, cut in half
6 oz of Shredded Parmesan Cheese, divided
1/4 cup red onions, sliced in rings or chopped
1/2 to 1 cup frozen peas, thawed (or blanched asparagus or green beans)
fresh basil (1/8-1/4 cup to your liking) Can substitute, parsley, chives, dill...

Ground pepper to taste

Directions
Cook bow ties according to package directions; drain thoroughly and cool by running cold water over pasta.

In a bowl, combine the Miracle Whip/mayo, sour cream, salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice and lemon zest (if using).

Add the chicken, grapes, 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese, red onions, peas and basil; toss gently but thoroughly.

Add additional salt and/or pepper, if desired

Chill for a couple of hours; and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese when ready to serve.

NOTE: if my pasta salad isn't as creamy as I'd like, I add some chicken broth (reserved from cooking the chicken breasts) or even a little milk.  Begin with a splash and add more, until desired consistency.

14 comments:

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like a very refreshing salad! Love the addition of peas:@)

Melanie said...

Love the idea of adding extra chicken broth to make it more creamy! This sounds so yummy, and sounds like supper tonight!

Stephanie Wieland said...

Ohh that looks so yummy! I love mixing pasta and chicken but I never thought to do it cold. Thanks for the great recipe!

Pondside said...

I love the addition of purple grapes. The photo had me wanting this salad, even at this early hour!

Debbie Petras said...

I saw your recipe on Facebook and just had to stop by to check it out. Looks so yummy!

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Debbie said...

oh this sounds yummy, and the grapes I have a feeling are just the right touch!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

I love anything with pasta and chicken. This looks and sounds divine, as always.

Debby Ray said...

This looks amazing! I love any kind of pasta salad and adding in all the other goodies makes it a meal! Thanks for the recipe!

Lea Culp said...

Oh, gotta try this for sure! Thanks for sharing!

Nonnie said...

I am printing this one out. It looks and sounds delicious. Thank you.

Ann said...

that looks really good. a perfect summer salad

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

It's been so hot this past week we actually ate chicken salad for dinner! Delicious recipe !

Lilia said...

Mmmm looks amazing...

corners of my life said...

Dinner tonight.
Thanks!

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