Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad, with layers of pasta, beans, chicken, fresh vegetables, and a delicious dressing!

a parfait bowl of chicken pasta salad

During the spring and summer months, we want to enjoy all the season has to offer, entertaining friends and family on our lovely patio. And of course this includes good eats, like this Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad and other yummy salads, Farmer’s Red Potato Salad Recipe or Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe.

Layered Pasta Salad

Q Squared has made entertaining so beautiful and easy, with their beautiful, elegant dishes. Today I’m sharing a recent dinner party with you, and a lovely layered pasta salad recipe!

Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

We enjoy hosting dinner parties on our front and back decks here in central Oregon, surrounded by firs and quaking aspen trees. Since our mountain home is on the smaller side, you can only imagine how much we use our decks (an outdoor family room!)

Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

Creating extra spaces for inviting people over in the summer is exactly how we envisioned using our home. Hospitality is important to us, and we feel blessed that we get to share it with others.

Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

Summer perfect tableware

Effortless dinner party preparation starts with an easy menu, and a simple table setting, right?

And summer is the prefect season to set the time, and make that invite!

Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

Just look at this stunning new pattern of melamine dinnerware, the richness of Royal Lapis blues!

I love blues in the summertime! (While Pandora is also playing the blues, and also match our central Oregon blue skies!)

Q Squared is the perfect unbreakable dinnerware for summer barbecues and outdoor entertaining! My friends were here this past weekend and I was telling them all about the ease and function of this product.

What is melamine, exactly? they asked me. Melamine is an organic-based, nitrogen-rich compound used to manufacture Q Squared’s unbreakable products. It’s different than other melamine tableware because it’s stronger and more durable.

Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

Each piece is made with 100% natural dyes, and hand-polished for a smooth, high-gloss finish, giving it that porcelain look.

My friends couldn’t believe that these beautiful dishes were made out of melamine! So light, and they don’t break!

NOTE: Microwave use should be avoided. Q Squared melamine is restaurant-grade, meaning it can be run through the dishwasher and show no signs of wear — it’s kid-friendly and perfect for everyday use.

Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

Summer calls for delicious salads, such as this Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad.

Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

Make and layer the salad ahead of time; pull out of the fridge to serve with a fresh summer menu!

Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

It’s optional to serve this salad already mixed together, or served in layers!

Fabulous summer menu:

Appetizer: Chips and Salsa, or make an elegant Olive Meat and Cheese Board, or Baked Brie with Sundried Tomatoes [Taste & Tell.

Salads: Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad, Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad,

Main dish: Apricot Greek Yogurt Chicken Thighs (baked or barbecued), or Barbecued Chicken Recipe [She Wears Many Hats]

Desserts: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and Mixed Berry Cobbler in these pretty bowls (above). Or, these ice cream sandwiches.

Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

Happy spring and summer entertaining, Friends!

Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

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Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

You can also choose to mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, and opt out of layering the ingredients.


  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 3/4 cup favorite BBQ sauce
  • 3 cups cooked pasta, elbow or fusilli bucati or spiral – we buy DeLallo brand
  • 3 cups chopped rotisserie or leftover chicken
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 4 cups lettuce, finely sliced
  • 1 large orange or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 15 oz. can Bush’s Black Beans
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • Cheese & avocado, optional


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ranch dressing and BBQ sauce until smooth, set aside.
  • In a large glass bowl, pour 1/2 of the dressing on the bottom of the dish.
  • Layer the remaining ingredients on top of the dressing: Pasta, black beans, lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, pepper, red onion, the remaining sauce.
  • Sprinkle on top the cilantro and chips. (Add cheese to one of the layers and avocado, if desired).
  • Serve immediately, or toss together in a large bowl. You can cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.


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This post is sponsored by Q Squared, but as always, all opinions are my own.

clear glass bowl Barbecue Chicken Layered Pasta Salad

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