Salads

Creamy Curried Chicken Pasta Salad

I’ve got pasta salad on my mind! I’m imagining summer picnics, backyard BBQs and potluck get togethers with friends. I’ve been making them for years and have several pasta salad recipes in my recipe index if you want to take a peek. I was brainstorming what I should make and remembered the most delicious chicken salad I made a couple years ago for a post for the Chicken Farmers of Canada. This recipe is a spin on their Famous Curried Chicken Salad and it does not disappoint.

Creamy Curried Chicken Pasta Salad - Creamy, mildly spicy and absolutely delicious! Serve this summer side at your next backyard BBQ, picnic or potluck.

I’m calling it Creamy Curried Chicken Pasta Salad. It has a mildly spicy creamy dressing made of curry paste, mayonnaise and sour cream. For veggies, I add celery and green onions. Those little orange pieces look like they could be carrots, but they are actually dried apricots, sliced up. They complement the spicy dressing with a bit of sweetness.

Creamy Curried Chicken Pasta Salad - Creamy, mildly spicy and absolutely delicious! Serve this summer side at your next backyard BBQ, picnic or potluck.

I used bowtie pasta because I like the way it looks for presentation. Any type of pasta would do though. Use whatever you have in your pantry.

Creamy Curried Chicken Pasta Salad - Creamy, mildly spicy and absolutely delicious! Serve this summer side at your next backyard BBQ, picnic or potluck.

Yield: 6

Creamy Curried Chicken Pasta Salad

Creamy, mildly spicy and absolutely delicious! Serve this summer side at your next backyard BBQ, picnic or potluck.

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into cubes
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups pasta of your choice, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp mild curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, celery green onions, apricots and pasta.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sour cream, mild curry paste and salt. Pour into pasta mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Creamy Curried Chicken Pasta Salad - Creamy, mildly spicy and absolutely delicious! Serve this summer side at your next backyard BBQ, picnic or potluck.

You may be tempted to dig in right away, but hold yourself back. Let it chill for a few hours in the fridge so the flavours really have a chance to permeate the pasta. It will be worth the wait, trust me.

Serve this salad as delicious to burgers, hotdogs, steak, chicken or whatever you are grilling this summer.

For more pasta salad recipes, check out my Pizza Pasta Salad, Jalapeno Ranch Pasta Salad, Bruschetta Chicken Pasta Salad, Chicken Fajita Pasta Salad, Roasted Pepper Pasta Salad, Greek Pasta Salad, Chili Pasta Salad and Easy Bacon Pea Pasta Salad.

Do you serve pasta salad in the summer months?

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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