BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad with penne pasta, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and cheese over a bed of green lettuce.  Mmm good!

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Since it’s Monday and all I wanted to share another yummy 30-minute meal to get you through the busy week! If I don’t have a few easy meal ideas on hand the first days of the week I go crazy!

My husband doesn’t get home until around 10pm each night, which means my days with the kids can be loooonnnggg. The last thing I have energy for at the end of the days is making dinner!

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Luckily this BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad comes together quickly and is super yummy and fresh.  It has hints of yummy comfort food with an added  fresh salad crunch.

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Prep 10 minutes
Cook 7 minutes
Total 17 minutes
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  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts), cut into pieces
  • 1 red onion , diced
  • 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup corn , cooked (fresh or frozen)
  • 15 ounce can black beans , rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 3 cups green leafy lettuce , finely chopped


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the chicken and onions and saute, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned and cooked through.
  • In a large bowl mix together barbecue sauce, sour cream and cheeses. Add hot cooked pasta to the bowl and toss well in the sauce. Add cooked chicken and onion. Add corn, black beans, tomatoes and lettuce and toss to combine. Serve immediately.


Calories: 867kcalCarbohydrates: 122gProtein: 55gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 817mgPotassium: 1437mgFiber: 14gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 3730IUVitamin C: 15.7mgCalcium: 281mgIron: 5mg

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  1. I was so intrigued by this picture – but I wasn’t sure I would like it. HOLY COW! I was wrong – the flavor is exceptional! I cannot wait for the leftovers for lunch!
    I didn’t serve over lettuce, because my kids are anti-lettuce…lame.

  2. Just made this for dinner tonight to serve with grilled chicken and it is SOOOO yummy!! Thanks!

  3. I LOVE the idea of a BBQ flavored pasta salad. I’m slightly BBQ obsessed 😉 I’ll have to try out a veg-friendly version with chickpeas in place of the chicken 🙂

  4. This looks amazing! I’m always trying to find new ways to eat Salad because I get so bored of it, but know it’s good for me! I’m going to pin this!

  5. Okay it is 7:00 a.m. and I am drooling over this! It looks amazing, can’t wait to try it!