Monday, June 3, 2013

Easy Summer Chicken Pasta Salad

My best friend's mom makes this dish and I absolutely love it! I count on it when I am visiting them in the summer months. You can make this various ways but omitting the pasta and serving it on rolls or including the pasta and serving it as a side. Sometimes I enjoy it as my main dish with a side of grilled corn.

 4 chicken tenders or 2 chicken breasts- not breaded
1/2 lb shells
1 1/2 cup Mayonaise
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup grapes quartered
1/2 cup diced celery
1 T Dijon Mustard
1T Dill
1t Pepper

Preheat oven to *375
Bake 4 chicken tenders or 2 chicken breasts until juices run clear
While chicken is baking boil enough water to cover shells, cook shells until al dente.
While both pasta and chicken are cooking, wash and quarter grapes.

After chicken has finished baking cube and put on a plate in the fridge to cool if you plan to eat the dish fairly soon. If you are making it for later you can leave it out.
Drain pasta and cool with cold water to stop from continuing to cook.
In a large bowl mix pasta, chicken, grapes, celery and cover with mayonaise, ranch dressing and seasoning, mix until thoroughly covered.

Place a layer of saran wrap lightly over the bowl and put in the refrigerator to cool.

Enjoy as your main dish or with grilled corn!

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