BBQ Chicken Macaroni Salad
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Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 4
 
All the signature flavors of BBQ Chicken Pizza come together again to make this super simple, make-ahead, main-dish pasta salad!
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces dry Macaroni Noodles*
  • 10 ounces Cooked and Shredded Chicken (Rotisserie or canned chicken are easy options here!)
  • ¼ + ⅔ cup BBQ Sauce (divided use), plus more for serving, if desired*
  • 1 can (14-15 ounce) Diced Tomatoes, drained (if you can find a fire roasted variety, or a variety with any type of herbs, those taste especially delicious in this!)
  • ½ cup Diced Red Onions
  • ½ cup Shredded Cheese (Mozzerella or Colby Jack taste delicious!)
  • ¼ cup Cilantro (chopped & tightly packed), plus more for garnish, if desired
Instructions
  1. Boil and drain Macaroni according to package directions in a medium-sized pot, leaving about a Tablespoon of starchy pasta water in the pot to prevent noodles from sticking together. Return noodles to pot and set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together shredded Chicken and ¼ cup BBQ sauce.
  3. In the pot of cooled noodles, add remaining ⅔ cup BBQ sauce, BBQ Chicken, drained Diced Tomatoes, Diced Red Onions, Cheese, and ¼ cup Cilantro. Stir until everything is combined and coated with BBQ Sauce.
  4. Cover pot with lid and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  5. Just before serving, if salad looks dry, simply stir in a little bit more BBQ sauce.
  6. Garnish with more cilantro, if desired.
  7. Serve cold.
  8. Makes 4 servings.
Notes
*To easily make this dish gluten free, simply use gluten free macaroni noodles and gluten free BBQ sauce.
Recipe by SunnySideUps | Living Life Sunny Side Ups at http://sunnysideups.org/bbq-chicken-macaroni-salad/