Chicken Penne Pasta Salad

Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Recipes, Salads | 24 comments

Chicken Penne Pasta Salad

This summer, I’ve shared a few pasta salads with you. Chicken Penne Pasta Salad is another favorite of mine.  It has lots of grilled chicken in it, so it is hearty and filling  when using for a meal! I know you’ll love it as much as I do.


Chicken Penne Pasta Salad


1 ( approx 3 lb.) pkg. boneless, skinless chicken breast filets

1 – 16 oz. pkg. penne  pasta

1/2 cup thinly sliced celery

1/2 cup sliced green onion.

4 cups red seedless grapes, sliced or left whole

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)

1/2 cup Italian Salad dressing ( for chicken breasts)

1/4 vegetable oil

1 – 1/4 tsp  crushed thyme

1/2 cup (or more) chopped yellow or orange pepper (optional) I prefer this to the walnuts! I add this for more color!

Dressing for Salad:

2  1/2 cups Mayonnaise

3 Tbsp. milk

3 tbsp. honey

1   1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

3 tsp. crushed thyme



If grilling chicken, use the following directions. (Another option is to use store-bought rotisserie chickens – not as good as the pieces are not thick and uniform,  but quick and easy!)

For grilling the chicken: Pierce chicken on both sides with a fork and brush with Italian salad dressing. Spray grill with a non-stick cooking spray. Grill chicken for 5 minutes on one side. Turn, brush with salad dressing and grill until juices run clear. Cool and cut into thin strips.

Cook pasta and rinse with cold water and drain.

In large bowl, combine oil and 1  1/4 tsp thyme. Toss into grilled chicken mixture. In another small bowl, combine mayo, milk, honey, 3 tsp. thyme, mustard and salt. Refrigerate salad and dressing separately overnight. Several hours before serving, fold dressing into salad. Refrigerate covered. Before serving, fold grapes and walnuts (optional) into salad   Before serving, garnish with thinly sliced green onions.

Makes 20 (1 cup) luncheon servings.

Chicken Penne Pasta Salad



I hope you enjoy this Chicken Penne Pasta Salad! I know it will become one of your favorites, too!


Phyllis (Oma)

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  1. Looks yummy but I would need to leave the Onions out or hubby would never try it.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party
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  3. Hi Oma – Thank you so much for joining Fluster’s #CreativeMuster linky party. It was a lot of fun to co-host this week. Hugs, Holly

  4. This yummy recipe has been featured at the Krafty Inspiration Recipe Round-up Celebration. Thanks so much for joining the party each week and making it so much fun!

  5. Oh yes! What a great spin on chicken salad! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky party!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday party. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week, the party is live at 7 am est.
    Happy Thursday
    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.

  7. I love chicken salad, and I’m a pasta addict so this recipe is a dream come true for me! Thanks for linking up at the Pin it Monday hop! 🙂 -Emily

  8. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
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  9. I love grilled chicken and Pasta, so this is perfect for me 🙂
    Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop!
    Hope you join us again!

  10. Sounds great! I’m hosting a candle giveaway that you should enter!

  11. This looks delicious! I just pinned it so that I can try it (hopefully soon)! I’m visiting from the DIY’ers link party. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Thanks for pinning! Appreciate that you stopped by. Enjoy this recipe!

  12. That looks delicious!!! Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday!

  13. This sounds so yummy! I love all the flavors and textures you have going on in this dish. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Wow. This look awesome! Will have to try it! Lovely!
    (new follower here!)
    Morgaine from Madcap Frenzy
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    • I know you’ll love it the moment you try it! Thanks for following and I’ll return the favor. See you on Tuesday!

  15. This looks so yummy. I love to make cold salads. Can’t wait to try this.

    • I know you’ll love it!

  16. Grapes in a pasta salad? They work in chicken salad, so why not 🙂 Going to have to try this! Thanks for linking up to Let’s Get Real!

  17. I absolutely LOVE cold pasta! Plain, dressed, in salads….I am addicted to the stuff! kids…a whole different story! I will win them over soon 🙂 This looks like a perfect dish for the get together this weekend though!!! Thanks for sharing at the Friday Follow Along.

  18. Wow Phyllis! Your pasta salad really looks great. I love all the nutrition you pack into one meal. I’m going to have to try your recipe this weekend. I can’t wait to try the dressing. Thanks so much for sharing this with our readers at the Let’s Get Real hop. I hope you come back to visit us often. I look forward to reading more.

  19. This looks so good, I booked marked it! I can’t wait to make it. Visiting you from Thriving Thursdays have a great week
    Easy Life Meal and Party Planning

  20. Your pasta salad sounds so refreshing! I love how you put grapes and walnuts in it. I’ve only tried that with chicken salads but it seems like it would do wonders to pasta salad! I shared one of my favorites–Caprese Tortellini Salad on my blog. It seems like we are on the same wave length 🙂

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