Chicken Macaroni Salad

Looking for a crowd-pleasing dish that’s both creamy and flavorful? Try our Chicken Macaroni Salad recipe! Packed with tender chicken, crunchy vegetables, and a creamy dressing, this dish is perfect for picnics, potlucks, or a simple family meal.

It’s that exciting time of the month again, where the World in a Plate community delves into a culinary adventure centered around a themed dish. This month, our focus turns to the delightful realm of pasta and rice salads—a challenge that beckons us to explore the diverse world of these flavorful creations.

Admittedly, as a proud member of the Filipino culture, I must confess that my repertoire of pasta and rice salad recipes is rather limited. In our culinary tradition, pasta and rice are typically featured as main courses rather than in salad form. In fact, serving a rice salad might elicit quizzical glances from the average Filipino diner.

However, amidst this cultural landscape, there exists one standout salad that incorporates pasta—thanks to the American influence and its subsequent popularity, especially through outlets like KFC in the Philippines. Enter the beloved Macaroni Salad.

A staple in Filipino gatherings, the Macaroni Salad holds a special place on the table, often accompanying roasted, barbecued, or fried meats. Its chilled presentation, featuring elbow macaroni pasta dressed in creamy mayonnaise, lends a refreshing touch to any meal. But what truly sets it apart are the diverse array of ingredients it boasts. From succulent flaked chicken or tuna to crunchy carrots and celery, sweet raisins, savory cheese, and tangy pineapple, each bite is a symphony of flavors and textures.

For those looking to elevate their dining experience, I recommend pairing this creamy delight with something spicy and hot. The contrast between the cool, creamy Macaroni Salad and the fiery kick of a spicy dish creates a harmonious balance that tantalizes the taste buds and leaves a lasting impression.

So, whether you’re a seasoned salad aficionado or a curious culinary explorer, embrace the fusion of flavors and textures that define the world of pasta and rice salads. And who knows? You might just discover your new favorite dish in the process.

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Chicken Macaroni Salad

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American


Looking for a crowd-pleasing dish that’s both creamy and flavorful? Try our Chicken Macaroni Salad recipe! Packed with tender chicken, crunchy vegetables, and a creamy dressing, this dish is perfect for picnics, potlucks, or a simple family meal.


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  1. Begin by cooking the macaroni noodles according to the package instructions. Once cooked, drain them and set them aside to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked macaroni noodles, finely chopped carrot, shredded chicken meat, pineapple chunks, diced onion, pickle relish, diced hard-boiled eggs, diced cheddar cheese, and raisins.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the American-style mayonnaise, sugar, salt, and ground white pepper until well combined.
  4. Pour the dressing over the macaroni mixture and gently toss until everything is evenly coated. Adjust the seasoning if necessary. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the salad for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. Once chilled, give the salad a final stir, then serve it as a side dish or a light meal.

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48 Responses

  1. Janis says:

    haha…may ganyan din ako. kahapon ko ginawa. wala lang eggs, cheese and sugar. everybody gives me a weird look whenever I take this dish to work. I guess no one’s expected to find pineapples and raisins in the macaroni salad. but they’re always in awe how tasty it is. either that or they’re just being nice. hehe…mabuhay!

  2. Tessa says:

    I really like the idea of adding chicken, pineapple and raisins to the salad. Sounds and looks delicious!

  3. It’s perfect to me, except those raisins. I would leave them out. This is one great pasta salad.

  4. Lizanyc says:

    Sugar? Really? Not necessary.

    Other than that unhealthy addition, nice recipe.

    • rsmacaalay says:

      Yes sugar it gives a nice dimension on the flavour which contrasts to the savoury chicken, its not that sweet and just gives a subtle hint. Anyways you can opt out if you really need to.

  5. Guia Obsum says:

    I like chicken macaroni salad, I don’t usually eat raisins though, hehe. :)

  6. I don’t usually like pasta salads because of the sauces on them, but I do love macaroni noodles!

  7. PolaM says:

    Love this pasta salad! Is so fusion with the pineapple, carrots and raisins!

  8. Karen says:

    Your salad is different but I think it sounds very good. I make a carrot salad with raisins and pineapple so I would like yours.

  9. Katerina says:

    Beautiful salad! So many tasty flavors are combined in it!

  10. What a great macaroni salad!
    :-) Mandy

  11. Fun salad! Macaroni salads can be so varied. The pineapple is a particularly nice addition. The whole thing sounds incredibly tasty. Thanks for this.

  12. mjskit says:

    I love your version of a chicken macaroni salad! Most are very boring, but there’s nothing boring about this! Love the addition of the pineapple!

  13. Kristy says:

    I love the idea of raisins in a macaroni salad (which I haven’t had in ages!). I’m going to have to whip one up this summer for sure. :)

  14. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    From when I was young, I always love macaroni salad. I just realized that I haven’t made this for YEARS. Actually 10+ years!!! Scary but it’s true. Thanks for the recipe. I must try you recipe!!!

  15. I have never had a “tropical” style macaroni salad like this before! It sounds really good!

  16. That is so funny that KFC introduced macaroni salad to the Philippines! Oh, globalization. Yours looks awesome.

  17. Food Stories says:

    Great idea … Never thought about putting chicken in macaroni salad but now that I think about … no reason not too :-)

  18. foodjaunts says:

    Nothing wrong with a good old fashion macaroni salad – love the raisins and cheddar cheese.

  19. Really good combination of ingredients here, Ray. I would never have thought of them but the salad would be delicious !

  20. RJ says:

    grow up eating chicken macaroni salad … we don’t put hard boiled eggs and carrots …

    But we put sweet dill pickles relish & pimientos

    yours looks delish I might try it

  21. jean cruz says:

    i really wnted to cook this perfecly and serve it on xmass

  22. I love chicken macaroni salad, when i made it, I love mixing fruit cocktail, raisins , cheese, mayonnaise and all purpose cream , i never mixed boiled eggs, but i love adding it next time… hmmm seems yummy!Perfect for this seasons of love…

  23. Lyndeamortamara says:

    I ‘m so thankful that I found the recipe of this salad, cuz I’m fun of cooking pasta, so on this XTMAS coming I will make same like this…. Thanks

  24. I love chicken macaroni salad, it will still taste good even without egg and sugar..pineapple chunks and raisins will add flavor to it…

  25. susivic r. cadiz says:

    at last i found this recipe…thanks..i can now make it anytime

  26. lerivie valera says:

    good thng i also found this recipe,,d wla n kng doubt pg aq nmn ang gmawa nto…

  27. Anne yabut says:

    Ganyan din exactly ang macaroni salad ko. Wala Lang sugar. Everybody love it! Hinahanap nila every time may occassion :)

  28. Grace Ching says:

    My nanay always add fine chopped celery, I love it.

  29. anabelle zurbano sy says:

    yes, i love chicken macaroni yummy!

  30. hannah says:

    I’ll try to mixed fruitcoctail and condensed milk. I think it will be perfect also..

  31. Llane says:

    Every time I make the chicken macaroni salad, my Aussie husband loves it but I omit the sugar on this recipe.

  32. onions you need onions hehehe

  33. Rowena Daculla says:

    more chopped onions.. I really love it! :-)

  34. Rowena says:

    Hi thanks for this recipe. How long will it last if its stored in the fridge? Thanks

  35. My favorite macaroni salad made by my mama since i was a kid til i got married! She is unable to do this lately. I miss it! So i try to do it using her style and i loveIt! Hardboiled eggs,cubed cheese,condensed milk,salt and pepper,celery minced,onion minced, lady’schoice mayonnaise,pineapple tidbits,sweet pickle relish,minced raisins! Smetimes i put fruit cocktail wo the syrup, apple cubes,grapes.

  36. ching says:

    i add cucumber and red bell pepper.

  37. I tried making this, good combination of ingredients. :) However, IMO, there’s too little pasta for that amount of salad ingredients. I had excess mayo, cheese, etc.

  38. Annabel says:

    Just like how my Lola made it. She’s no longer with us and she took her recipes with her to Heaven in 1998. I made this dish for my friends at our annual Pilipino Pasco on 12/24/13. I nearly cried when I took a sample bite. When you eat food that takes you back to your childhood especially now during our busy and hectic lives, eating comfort food like this Chicken Macaroni Salad reminds me how life used to be…very sweet. Thanks for sharing your recipe and inspiring me to cook more comfort foods.

  39. Dexter says:

    Delicious that’s the good old 80’s macaroni salad

    I don’t understand why A lot of people didn’t know these Standard ingredients

    Remember you are mixing these ingredients with bland mayo magic or

    Diced Carrots – to add color and crisp (crunchy to the bite)
    Sweet ham diced or chicken breasts strips for texture
    Raisin and pine apple- burst of sweetness in every bite. for texture also
    Pickle relish – to add a tangy sweet soury taste also adds extra color
    And lastly onions – to add a sharp taste. good reliable onions!

  40. Dexter says:

    Add a dash of pepper for aroma savory taste

  41. Anna says:

    This sounds yum! try adding walnuts and celery for extra crunch. Am going to make this for the holidays!

  42. Bali Tour says:

    very nice..
    Thank you for the recipe.. :)

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