Pecan Chicken Pasta Salad

Pecan Chicken Pasta Salad

Published March 13, 2013 | Written by

Published by: Healthline Exclusive

Servings: 6
Total Time: 30 min

Prep Time: 20 min | Cook Time: 10 min


Crunched for time? Stop by the salad bar at your local grocery store to pick up pre-chopped vegetables, then swing by the meat counter for a rotisserie chicken. These two steps will save you a lot of time when you get home.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: approx. 1 cup
Calories per serving: 331
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.6g 16%
Saturated Fat 1.1g 6%
Sodium 498mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 35.4g 12%
Protein 24.5g 34%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 2 cups protein-enriched rigatoni pasta
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups smoked chicken, shredded or chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans toasted and chopped

Step by Step:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In large bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt. Add chicken, celery, bell pepper, and onion. Tossing to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Sprinkle salad with sunflower seeds before serving. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Barilla Plus Rotini.