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Pasta Salad With Chicken and Bacon

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Pasta Salad With Chicken and Bacon

Pasta Salad With Chicken and Bacon

Photo: Diana Rattray
Bacon adds a delicious, smoky flavor to this pasta salad, along with diced tomatoes, celery, and onion. I used mini penne pasta in this recipe, but macaroni or similar pasta shapes would work as well. Make this tasty pasta salad for your next family cookout or take it along to a potluck dinner.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 6 to 8


  • 8 ounces mini penne pasta or macaroni
  • 6 to 8 slices bacon, diced and cooked until done but not crisp
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast (about 2 to 3 chicken breast halves, cooked)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


Cook pasta following package directions; drain in a colander and rinse under cold water.

In a large bowl, combine the diced bacon, chicken, red onion, tomatoes, celery, and parsley. Toss to blend the ingredients. Stir in 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and the lemon juice. Stir in the garlic powder, pepper, and salt, to taste.

Serves 6 to 8.

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 5 out of 5
Great hot-weather dish, Member k_bone

This is a simple, easy to make pasta salad. Being cold, it's perfect for a summer lunch! I used wheat noodles instead of the usual. Even my kids liked it (after a few apprehensive bites). This would be a perfect dish to serve at a pot-luck or luncheon.

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