Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken Pasta Salad

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"The sweetness of the dressing and cranberries along with the savory of the onions and celery, makes this a wonderfully refreshing salad. Great to take along to picnics or potlucks."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the penne pasta, and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold water until the pasta is cold; drain well.
  2. Place the drained penne pasta into a large mixing bowl, and stir in the chicken, celery, cranberries, and green onions. Pour in the salad dressing and lemon juice; stir until evenly mixed.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 10, 2011

Very Good. I used shredded chicken instead of cubes. Also added some toasted slivered almonds, minced red onion and minced red and orange bell pepper.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 12, 2013

Way to sweet.


21 Ratings

May 15, 2008

Sounded great so I chose to make it for a cookout. Yum! I did add to it tho - Cheese that I cubed, sliced olives, then I cut up (small pieces)steamed broccoli - cooled. I added a little more dressing since I added more veggies (& broccoli soaks up liquid!)So delicious and I was asked to make for Memorial Day Cookout as well! I might add slightly sauteed zucchini &/or summer squash next time!

Jul 12, 2010

this was soooo good. a nice change from traditional pasta salad. I added a few slivered almonds for a little more crunch. easy to make also. big hit at the picnic (and no mayo to worry about in the heat). i also used the rotisserie chicken from the store

Feb 22, 2010

This was a fabulous dish! I made it for my sister and a picnic her boyfriend was planning for her. I read the reviews and decided to add the juice of one fresh lemon to 2 1/2 cups of dressing. I reserved 1/2 cup for right before serving to moisten the salad. Harris Teeter also has precooked packages of grilled chicken that made this recipe even easier. I am thinking about trying to add lemon zest next time. I am always looking for different and unique pasta salad recipes. This one is definitely a keeper!

Dec 15, 2009

I couldn't stop eating this.It's the best pasta salad I've made.The guys at work wanted the recipe.I used Kraft Creamy Poppyseed dressing.I used toasted almonds,omitted thecelery.I'm going to add some crumbled bacon next time,maybe a little cheese with some bite to it.I will make this again and again.Great taste for so few ingredients.

Feb 23, 2010

Followed the recipe exactly turn out great, very good! I've made this a few times and every time I have lots of requests for the recipe

Jun 14, 2010

We don't eat much meat, so I used garbanzo beans instead of chicken. Every last bite was gone!


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  • Calories
  • 358 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.6 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 14.9 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 9.9 g
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 231 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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