Chicken pasta salad can take on any theme

Libby Manship prepares chicken pasta salad SUBMITTED

By Staff Reports

Editor’s note: Our Community page will regularly feature family-favorite recipes by local residents — in this case, a member of Hancock County Extension Homemakers, a group that recently published a cookbook. A cookbook can be ordered through Margie Clark, (317) 498-1549. If you’d like to submit a recipe to be featured in an upcoming edition of the Daily Reporter, email dr-editorial@greenfieldreporter with the subject line “food feature.”

Libby Manship, Greenfield, shares how her chicken pasta salad recipe can take on any theme with a little creativity. A mom of three, Manship likes to used crazy-shaped or colorful pasta for a little extra fun.

“I used fun shapes from Pastabilities so we can have an ‘Olympic’ dinner,” she said. “It has track shoes, American flags, stars and runners so we can cheer on the USA!”

Chicken pasta salad

1 (8 oz) package rotini pasta

½ cup mayonnaise

½ cup Italian dressing

1 Tb. lemon juice

1 Tb. mustard

1 tsp. Pepper

3 cups cooked chicken

1 cup sliced cucumber

1 cup chopped celery

1 medium onion, diced

1 can quartered artichoke hearts

Cook pasta according to the directions on the package. Set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, combine all the other ingredients and mix well until blended. Add to pasta and mix well. Cover and chill for at least two hours (best if chilled overnight).

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Hancock County Extension Homemakers are gearing up for fall events and always welcomes new members. Here’s what’s coming up:

  • Lap blankets are being made to donate to Head Start students, as well as adults in local health facilities. Since the organization is celebrating its 100th birthday in May, members are determined to make 100 blankets in 100 days.
  • The Homemakers will oversee Riley Festival’s Home Arts Show and the Baker’s Best contest. For details and to sign up, visit

  • The Country Vintage Market is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Food vendors and those selling handcrafted items interested in joining may contact the homemakers.

  • The HomemadeHometownFavorite cookbook, which features local recipes like the one on this page, is available for $10, with proceeds helping local community organizations.

  • For questions on the cookbook, market or membership, call Margie Clark at 498-1549 or email [email protected].