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Smoked Chicken Gorgonzola Pasta Salad

We took tender smoked chicken breast and mixed it together with gorgonzola, a homemade Greek salad dressing, and fresh vegetables and mixed them all-together to make our Smoked Chicken Gorgonzola Pasta Salad! Perfect for lunches all week or as a side dish at your next bbq, potluck, or family gathering.

Smoked Chicken Gorgonzola Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are one of those things that traditionally are considered side dishes, but during the summer I make meals of them pretty frequently.

Especially pasta salads like this one that have plenty of meat and vegetables in the mix.

We used boneless, skinless chicken thighs here, but you can also use steak, chicken breast, or sautéed shrimp. Pasta salads make great “use up the stuff in the fridge before it turns” dishes, so get creative here.

This dish can be made a day in advance if you have a busy schedule on the get-together day. The flavors meld together well when you give it some time.

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Smoked Chicken Gorgonzola Pasta Salad shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • chicken thighs
  • cherry tomatoes
  • assorted olives
  • cucumber
  • gorgonzola cheese crumbles
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh oregano
  • vinaigrette-style salad dressing

How to make Smoked Chicken Gorgonzola Pasta Salad

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Preheat your grill to 200°. Put a pot of water on to boil.


Grill & Boil

Season the chicken thighs with salt, pepper, and Greek seasoning. Smoke for 1-2 hours, depending on how smokey you like them. Just make sure the internal temp gets to at least 165°F.

Boil the noodles to al dente, drain and rinse in cold water.



Mix together all the pasta salad ingredients until the dressing is evenly distributed.



Let the flavors meld in the fridge for a couple hours for the best results!

Smoked Chicken Pasta Salad FAQ

How do you store leftovers?

Airtight container in the fridge, for up to 3 days. The pasta will keep absorbing the sauce, so you might want to have some extra on hand to refresh the salad for eating leftovers.

Are there any substitutions for the gorgonzola?

Yup! You can use bleu cheese or feta cheese in the mix here. You could really substitute in whatever cheese you felt like using. There are no rules in pasta salad.

Traeger Chicken Gorgonzola Pasta Salad

Want more pasta salad in your life?

Good, because I have a lot of them to show you! Pasta salads are kinda my thing.

Great barbecue mains to serve at your cookout

Yield: 8 servings

Smoked Chicken Gorgonzola Pasta Salad

Smoked Chicken Gorgonzola Pasta Salad

Smoked chicken thighs are highlighted in this tangy, cheesy pasta salad! Hearty enough to be a meal, but makes a great barbecue side dish too.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes



Pasta Salad

  • 1 pound farfalle pasta
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup assorted olives, sliced
  • 1 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 cup vinaigrette-style salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Put the water on to boil and preheat your smoker to 200°.
  2. Season your chicken with salt, pepper, and the Greek seasoning. Smoke it for 1-2 hours, or until the internal minimum temp of the chicken thighs is at least 165°. Remove from the grill and dice.
  3. Boil your noodles until they are al dente. Run under cold water once they are done cooking.
  4. Combine the cherry tomatoes, olives, diced cucumber, crumbled gorgonzola, and fresh oregano with the salad dressing. Toss to evenly coat all of the vegetables. Mix in the pasta, and top with the shredded parmesan and diced grilled chicken.
  5. Chill for a few hours to let the flavors meld. Give it a stir right before serving, and drizzle on some more dressing (if you like it saucy).

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 654mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 13g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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