Cherry Chicken Pasta Salad
4 months ago

Our Cherry Chicken Pasta Salad recipe

This sweet and crunchy pasta salad is one of our most popular deli items … and now you can make it yourself at home!

6 to 8 servings
30 minutes


1 tablespoon vegetable oil for frying
2 ¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 16-ounce package dry gnocchi or shell pasta
¾ cup thinly sliced celery
¾ cup chopped red onion
1 5-ounce package dried cherries
1 ¼ cups mayonnaise
1 ¼ cups L&B Poppy Seed Dressing
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
Lettuce or spinach, for serving


  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet. Brown the chicken breasts on all sides until the juices run clear, about 15 minutes. Drain and discard the juices.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pan, cool and cut into cubes. Tip: for even faster prep, use our L&B Deli Pulled Rotisserie Chicken.
  3. Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water, according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, pasta, celery, onions and cherries.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, L&B Poppy Seed Dressing, salt, and pepper. 
  6. Fold 1 ¾ cups dressing mixture into the salad, cover, and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Note: the remaining dressing mixture should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 
  7. To serve, fold in the walnuts, add additional dressing if desired, and serve over a bed of your favorite greens.

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Cherry Chicken Pasta Salad