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Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad with Bacon

  • Author: Adapted from Delish
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 1 pound pasta (any small/short pasta will do)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pound cooked bacon, crumbled (reserve several tablespoons for garnish)
  • 18 ounce bottle ranch dressing
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives, for garnish


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions until al dente. Drain, rinse with cool water and transfer to large serving bowl.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat avocado oil. Season chicken tenders liberally with salt and pepper and cook until golden and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Set aside to cool slightly then chop into bite size pieces.
  3. Add chicken, bacon, green onions and 1/2 bottle of dressing to the pasta and toss until well combined. Place in the refrigerator for several hours for the flavor to meld together ( can be made a day ahead).
  4. To serve toss the other half of the dressing into the salad and garnish with chives.