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BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad in a white bowl with limes and some cilantro behind it

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad

EASY BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad - this yummy pasta salad recipe is full of corn, tomatoes and chicken and dressed with a BBQ sauce vinigarette! It's the perfect easy weeknight meal or potluck pasta dish. This is a great way to use up leftover chicken!
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings (main dish)
Author Dorothy Kern


For the salad:

  • 1/2 lb. Rotini Pasta cooked and drained according to package directions
  • 3/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels frozen and thawed or fresh, cut off a cooked cob
  • 1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups shredded chicken I used rotisserie
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro or to taste
  • BBQ sauce dressing recipe follows

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely diced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste or 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Stir together cooled pasta, onion, corn, tomatoes, chicken, and cilantro in a large bowl.
  • Make the dressing: add all dressing ingredients to a jar or sealed container. Seal and shake well to combine. Pour over pasta salad and toss to combine.
  • Serve within 2 days. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.