Simple Chicken Pasta Salad

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I consider Memorial weekend the kick off of summer! Pasta salad recipes are a must for summer. Today’s recipe for Simple Chicken Pasta Salad is great for picnics, potlucks, or a fast weeknight meal.

I love that this version has simple ingredients that I usually have on hand. This is also similar to my recipe for simple chicken salad that I serve in croissants. The thing I love about both recipes is they include hard boiled eggs in addition to the chicken. The salad is protein packed!

chicken pasta salad with bowl and ingredients in background
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upclose view of simple chicken pasta salad

You start by mixing together the dressing ingredients. Add the mayonnaise, milk, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Whisk together until combined.

Next, add in the cooked pasta, chicken, celery, hard boiled eggs, red onion, and parsley. Mix everything together until the dressing coats everything thoroughly.

Give the salad a taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed. You can serve the salad immediately or give it some time to chill in the fridge. I prefer it cold. See how simple this was?

simple chicken pasta salad in an orange patterned bowl

Can I use any type of pasta for this salad?
Yes, you can use any type of pasta you prefer. Common alternative pasta shapes include penne, fusilli, and farfalle. You can also use whole grain or gluten-free pasta as alternatives.

How long can I store the chicken pasta salad recipe in the refrigerator?
You can store the chicken pasta salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. For best quality, consume it within this time frame.

Can I make the chicken pasta salad ahead of time?
Absolutely! Making the salad ahead of time allows the flavors to meld together, often enhancing the taste. Just be sure to store it properly in the refrigerator.

What type of cooked chicken should I use?
You can use grilled, baked, or poached chicken breasts. Leftover rotisserie chicken also works well. Ensure you cook the chicken thoroughly and chop it into bite-sized pieces.

What can I do if the salad seems too dry after refrigeration?
If the salad seems dry after refrigerating it, add a little milk and toss to refresh the flavors.

Simple Chicken Pasta Salad

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 595 kcal


  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb rotini pasta cooked
  • 2 cups cooked and diced chicken breasts
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 4 eggs hard boiled
  • cup red onion finely chopped
  • cup parsley chopped


  • In a large bowl, add the mayonnaise, milk, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Whisk together until combined.
  • Add in the cooked rotini pasta, chicken, celery, onions, parsley, eggs.
  • Toss everything in the bowl to combine and adjust salt and pepper to taste if needed.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword chicken, pasta salad
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This recipe is adapted from Courtney’s Sweets.

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