Best Chicken Pasta Salad

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Everyone loves a good pasta salad, especially one that combines cooked noodles with crisp textures and tonnes of flavour. This is the best chicken pasta salad recipe because it has crispy vegetables, like celery, red onion and dill pickles, mingled with the briny taste of black olives. This salad recipe has a creamy dressing for mayonnaise lovers, and it uses a cute sea shell shaped noodle. Terri, the author of Great Grub, Delicious Treats recipe blog, created this chicken pasta salad recipe with Memorial Day in mind. This dish is the perfect side to any summer meal, whether it is grilled steaks, burgers or pork, or perfectly smoked ribs. It is an easy dish to bring to a get-together because it makes a lot and everyone will enjoy it. Whether you have a Memorial Day celebration to attend or another long weekend meal or holiday, consider preparing this best pasta salad to rave reviews.

One thing about this pasta salad is that it is easy to make, and the thing that makes it so easy is the fact that Terri uses canned chicken. As a result, you don’t have to be concerned about cooking, poaching or baking chicken for use in this salad. If you are on a sodium-restricted diet, however, you may want to consider an alternative means, since canned items can often include a lot of sodium. If you have leftover grilled chicken, you could incorporate that into your pasta salad recipe for a smoky taste, or you could quick poach some chicken breasts in liquid on the stove. Poaching chicken is one of the easiest ways of cooking it through and leaving it incredibly moist and tender. You can infuse flavour into the chicken depending on the kind of liquid you poach the chicken in and what you add to it. Simply place the chicken breasts in a pot with a tight-fitting lid, cover with chicken stock, water or wine, add your favourite herbs, and simmer until cooked through. This process will usually take twelve minutes or so, and you will have perfectly cooked chicken for this pasta salad, chicken pot pie recipes, sandwiches or salads. If you are looking for healthy leftover chicken recipes, you could substitute the mayonnaise with the equivalent amount of pureed avocado. The appearance may be greener, but the texture and flavour will be creamy and vibrant.

Part of what makes this the best pasta salad recipe is the fact that it includes hardboiled eggs. Hardboiled eggs are a staple in many people’s fridge, but sometimes it’s difficult to cook them without getting a grey exterior to the yolk. The grey colour is usually from overcooking the eggs and is completely preventable. One thing to make sure of is to cook the eggs until they are just done, and the best way of determining that is by slow cooking them. Just place the eggs in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. As soon as the eggs are at a boil, remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit for twelve minutes. Once you pull the eggs out of the water, you will also want to cool them down as fast as possible, which will prevent the grey ring from forming. If you follow these points, you will achieve perfect eggs for this pasta salad recipe every time.

If you aren’t a big fan of dill pickles, you can substitute with another variety of pickle in this pasta recipe. Cornichons are a good choice because they are sweeter than dill pickles. Thank you to Terri, the author of Great Grub, Delicious Treats recipe blog, for sharing her chicken pasta salad recipe with us.

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