This simple chicken bacon ranch pasta salad is a delicious cold pasta recipe that's great for serving at picnics, BBQs, or potlucks. Makes a great side dish or main course. 

Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad

This chicken ranch pasta salad is loaded with bacon and a delicious homemade ranch dressing. The perfect BBQ or potluck side dish! Ready in only 30 minutes.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken bacon ranch pasta salad, chicken ranch pasta salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Natasha Bull


  • 3 cups uncooked fusilli pasta
  • 5 strips bacon cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 dry pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing (use my recipe or bottled)
  • Fresh parsley chopped, to taste (optional)


  1. If making my ranch dressing, do that first and then keep it in the fridge until you're ready to use it. 

  2. Boil a large, salted pot of water for the pasta. Cook according to package directions and rinse pasta under cool water once it's cooked. Let it drain thoroughly.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the bacon until crispy. I cut it up using kitchen shears to make it easy.

  4. Prep your onion, chicken, tomatoes, and parsley (if using), and add them to a large salad bowl. Add the pasta and bacon when they're ready to go.

  5. Toss with the dressing (start with 1/2 cup and add more if needed) and season with salt & pepper if needed. Serve immediately or chill first.

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