Spicy Fried Chicken Pasta Salad

One of the greatest challenges faced when planning an outdoor patio party is determining the accompaniments to the main dish and whether they should be served hot or cold. Here in Bayou Country one characteristic of our Cajun and Creole dishes is that most may be served either way and still taste great! This treatment of leftover fried chicken is sure to win praises when added as a main ingredient to an otherwise simple pasta salad.


  • 6 pieces cold, spicy fried chicken
  • 6 cups cooked rotini pasta
  • 6 boiled eggs, yolks separated
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Creole mustard
  • 1/4 cup onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup celery, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell peppers, minced
  • 1/4 cup green bell peppers, minced
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • salt and pepper to taste

If you don't have leftover fried chicken, simply take a trip to your favorite fried chicken fast food outlet and pick up 6 pieces of their spicy version. Personally, I love Popeyes. Debone chicken and cut into cubes, making sure that the skin is left intact. Set aside until later. In a large mixing bowl, mash egg yolks well with a fork, then add mayonnaise and Creole mustard, blending well into the yolks. Finely dice egg whites and add to the mixture. Combine all remaining ingredients except the chicken and pasta and mix well until all seasonings are thoroughly coated with the mayonnaise sauce. Add rotini pasta blending well into the mixture, then gently toss in the cold fried chicken cubes. Season to taste using salt and pepper. Place on a large serving platter and garnish with boiled eggs, or you may wish to surround the pasta with additional whole pieces of hot fried chicken. NOTE: Since the mayonnaise sauce is a typical blend for potato salad, you may wish to add your own special seasoning blend to personalize the dish. The most important flavor aspect here is the seasoning applied to the chicken prior to frying.

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