This is the BEST Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad and it will be the star of your brunch, picnic or potluck!

The Best Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: lunch
  • Method: none
  • Cuisine: American


This easy pasta salad recipe is packed with grilled chicken, crunchy celery and has a super flavorful dressing. It really is the BEST Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad!



  • One 16 oz. box of whole grain rotini pasta (cooked, drained and cooled)
  • 2 lbs. grilled chicken (chopped into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 cup diced celery


  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • One packet of ranch dressing/dip seasoning mix
  • 2 tablespoons dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (smashed into a paste (or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder))
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Prepare the Dressing

  1. Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate the dressing overnight or at least a few 3 hours.

Make the Pasta Salad

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the pasta, chicken, celery and prepared dressing.
  2. Garnish with fresh dill or chopped parsley if desired and serve.


Refrigerate any leftovers. If necessary, add a bit more mayonnaise to leftovers as the pasta will absorb some of the dressing as it waits in the fridge.