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CAYENNE RANCH CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

Thank you for stopping by and checking out this delicious Cayenne Ranch Dressing. 

Are you a Cayenne Ranch fan?  If so, you will love this Cayenne Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad.  My kids love it.  It is not hot but has a little kick that is delicious.

What is in this pasta salad?

This Cayenne Ranch pasta salad includes pasta, cheese, bacon, chicken, and Cayenne Ranch Dressing, which I made from a copycat OutBack Ranch Dressing.

 SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! CAYENNE RANCH CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! CAYENNE RANCH CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

When I find something my kids like to eat, I always try making it at home.  My oldest daughter, Carly, loves the Cayenne Ranch dressing from Slim Chickens,  which surprised me because she does not like a lot of spicy foods.  She kept bragging about Slim Chickens Cayenne Ranch, so I decided to make my version of a Cayenne Ranch dressing.  I used my homemade copycat Outback Ranch Dressing as the base and added enough Cayenne to give it some heat without being too spicy.  This Cayenne Ranch dressing is delicious with chicken fingers, fries and more.

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! CAYENNE RANCH CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

Cayenne Ranch Dressing In Pasta Salad

I decided to try using this Cayenne Ranch dressing to make a pasta salad.  This time of year I make ahead several pasta salads and sandwiches and put them in the refrigerator to have ready to eat when we have no time.  This is baseball season and my oldest son, Casey’s last year to play ball.  He will be graduating in a few weeks.  You never know when his games will be rained out, or he will have a last-minute doubleheader because of having games rained out.  He also has away games which can be an hour or more from home.  Traveling to away games makes for very late nights.  It is so nice to have a pasta salad, sandwiches or both ready to eat before we go to the game, very late when we get home from a game, or even to take with us.

During baseball season, I normally have a large tub of ready-made sandwiches.  Read more about my large container of sandwiches here in my How to Fill Up Teenagers post.

What is in this salad?

Back to my Cayenne Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad.  I am always looking for a new pasta salad especially now that it is baseball season.  This time, I decided to mix my Homemade Cayenne Ranch Dressing with chicken, cheese, bacon – see my Oven Fried Bacon Recipe, and pasta.  When at the store this cucumber and fresh tomatoes did not look good, I would have loved to have added them to this salad.  I will be making this easy pasta salad again and using some fresh vegetables in it soon. 

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! CAYENNE RANCH CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

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SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! CAYENNE RANCH CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

Cayenne Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad


  • Author: Recipes for our Daily Bread
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Pasta Salad
  • Cuisine: Southwestern

Description

This Cayenne Ranch pasta salad includes pasta, cheese, bacon, chicken, and Cayenne Ranch Dressing, which I made from a copycat OutBack Ranch Dressing.


Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing mix (Buttermilk Recipe) – I used the entire 1-ounce package.
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • One-fourth teaspoon coarse grind black pepper
  • And, ⅛ teaspoon paprika
  • Plus, ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Hot Sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 12-ounce package of Rotini or your favorite pasta
  • 1-1/2 cups of Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 or 4 chicken breasts, seasoned with 1 teaspoon of your choice of Taco, Fajita seasoning
  • for each chicken breast, baked and chopped

Instructions

  1. Season both sides of each chicken breast with a Mexican seasoning.
  2. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and chop into bite size pieces.
  4. Cook bacon. See my Easy Oven Fried Bacon Recipe.
  5. Cook the pasta according to the direction on the package.
  6. In a large bowl, add the chopped chicken, cooked pasta, and crumbled bacon.
  7. Combine all the other ingredients and mix well.
  8. Refrigerate

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12 thoughts on “CAYENNE RANCH CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

    • Chellie,

      Thank you for stopping by to see my Cayenne Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad. After learning figuring out a great recipe for Cayenne Ranch, I cannot stop using it to make everything. I love a little kick and flavor in my food.
      Many thanks for stopping by.
      Diane
      recipesforourdailybread.com
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    • Kristi,

      Thank you so much for stopping by Recipes for our Daily Bread and leaving me a comment. This Cayenne Ranch Chicken Pasta is so delicious. I use this Cayenne Ranch on everything.
      I love linking up to Home Matters Linky Party.
      Many Blessings,
      Diane

  1. Your food always looks great! This salad would be perfect as a side with some grilled burgers. Oh, I swung by your How to Fill Up Teenagers post and the link to the egg salad didn’t work.

  2. This looks delicious! I love pasta salads and this looks easy! I’m thinking of adding some corn-what do you think?

  3. I have never heard of Cayenne Ranch, but yummy in my tummy time! Sharing abroad in the land because it is that good. Thanks for another terrific recipe Diane. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

    • Carrie,

      Cayenne Ranch is similar to a southwestern ranch. It is not quite as spicy as my southwestern ranch recipe but extremely delicious. It is great on burgers, sandwiches, as a dip for chicken and fries too. YUM!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment.

      Blessings,
      Diane

  4. This chicken salad looks completely perfect for this time of the year and am so pinning to try for first barbecue soon this year. Thanks Diane 😉

    • Janine,

      Thank you for stopping by this morning and leaving me a comment about my Cayenne Ranch Chicken Salad. We love this Cayenne Ranch so much I had to try it in a pasta salad. It really was delicious. I love pasta salads because they are easy to make and put together and they are always ready to eat when you need something.

      Thank you also for all your support!
      Blessings,
      Diane

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