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Tex-Mex Chicken Pasta Salad

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In my opinion, chicken pasta salad is a summer staple meal. This Tex-Mex chicken pasta salad is a nice change from my traditional chicken pasta salad. I think you’ll love it too!

In addition to the usual pasta and chicken, this salad has corn, black beans, tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro. It’s all a great combination of Tex-Mex ingredients. Chicken pasta salad is always a great way to utilize rotisserie chicken too. I used gemelli pasta for the salad, but there are so many fun shapes to use. Cavatappi is another good choice!

Tex-Mex Chicken Pasta Salad | realmomkitchen.com
Tex-Mex Chicken Pasta Salad | realmomkitchen.com

Next is the dressing. The base is made from Greek yogurt and light mayonnaise. If you aren’t worried about calories you can use full fat mayonnaise and sour cream instead. The flavor for the dressing comes from some cumin, chili powder, lime juice, and salt. To finish off this salad, you can top it with some fresh diced avocado. I’m not a big fan, so I left it out of the Tex-Mex Chicken Pasta Salad.

Tex-Mex Chicken Pasta Salad | realmomkitchen.com

Here is what you need to make the

Tex-Mex Chicken Pasta Salad

  • SHORT PASTA (I USED GEMELLI BUT CELLENTANI AKA CAVATAPPI IS A FUN OPTION TOO)
  • COOKED CHICKEN, DICED OR SHREDDED
  • CANNED BLACK BEANS
  • FROZEN CORN
  • GRAPE TOMATOES
  • RED ONION
  • CILANTRO
  • AVOCADO (OPTIONAL, I LEFT THIS OUT)
  • NON FAT PLAIN GREEK YOGURT
  • LIGHT KRAFT MAYONNAISE
  • LIME
  • GROUND CUMIN
  • SALT
  • CHILI POWDER
Tex-Mex Chicken Pasta Salad | realmomkitchen.com

Tex-Mex Chicken Pasta Salad

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course chicken
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
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Ingredients
  

  • 10 oz short pasta I used gemelli but cellentani AKA cavatappi is a fun option too
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced or shredded
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn thawed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup red onion diced
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 small avocado diced (optional, I left this out)

Dressing:

  • ¾ cup non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup light Kraft mayonnaise
  • Lime juice from 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large bowl, whisk yogurt and light mayo together. Add lime juice, cumin, salt, chili powder and smoked paprika and whisk until well combined.
  • Add in the cooled pasta, cooked chicken, black beans, corn, tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro. Stir in the dressing until well combined. Cover and let it chill in the fridge for at least one hour.
  • Garnish with diced avocado and more cilantro, if desired.
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This recipe is adapted from The Pound Dropper.

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