Recipe: Smoked Chicken Salad With Penne Pasta

1½ Lb. Penne pasta, cooked, drained and cooled*
2 C. Smoked white meat chicken or turkey, cut into ¼-inch strips
½ C. Thinly sliced red onion
½ Tsp. Pepper
  Dash Cayenne
¼ C. Bacon bits
1/3 C. Mayonnaise
½ Tsp. Minced garlic
½ Tsp. Salt
½ Tsp. Paprika
¼ Tsp. Dried thyme 
¼ Tsp. Ground sage
½ Tsp. Dried mustard

In a large bowl, toss together chicken, pasta, pepper, onion and bacon bits to combine. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and remaining ingredients until smooth. Spoon mayonnaise mixture over salad and toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately.

*Penne is "quill" shaped pasta. If desired, substitute "fusilli" (a short twisted pasta) or elbow macaroni.

Yield: 6-8 Servings.