Pasta Salad with Chicken and Bacon

Pasta Salad with Chicken and Bacon

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Here is one I think you will like! This is one of my favorite pasta dishes. Give this a try!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. mini penne pasta or macaroni
  • 6-8 slices bacon, diced and cooked until done but not crisp (or use store “already diced” bacon)
  • 2 c. diced cooked chicken breast (about 2-3 chicken breast halves, cooked) (or buy “ready made” diced chicken in store)
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped red onion
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1/3 c. diced red bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper, or to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2-3/4 c. mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • OPTIONAL: A few dashes of hot sauce-probably about 1/4 tsp. if measured

Directions

  1. Cook pasta following package directions; drain in a colander, then rinse under cold water and drain well.
  2. In a large bowl, combine diced bacon, chicken, red onion, tomatoes, celery, red bell pepper (if using) and parsley; toss to blend the ingredients.
  3. Combine 1/2 c. mayonnaise and lemon juice (and lemon zest, if using); mix well.
  4. Add garlic powder, pepper, and salt to taste (this is where I added the cayenne pepper and hot sauce).
  5. Add to vegetable mixture and stir until vegetables are coated.
  6. Add pasta; toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  7. Refrigerate until serving time.

 

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