Chicken Macaroni Salad

Chicken Macaroni Salad

Best Chicken Macaroni Salad, a Filipino-style easy salad recipe. It’s creamy with a hint of sweetness from the pineapple and tanginess of the pickle relish.

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Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 30 mins


American, Filipino

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Nutrition per Serving

901 kcal
32 g
73 g
27 g

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The Filipino-style chicken macaroni salad is an easy dish that is tangy yet creamy. We Pinoys have this salad as a staple during barbecues and holidays.

Although it is creamy, the salad tastes light, appetizing and extremely delicious. The flavours go so well with grilled meat especially Inihaw na Liempo (Grilled Pork Belly) or Thai Chicken Wings.

Delicious and Creamy Salad
Delicious and Creamy Salad

Why This Recipe Works?

The secret to the best chicken macaroni salad lies in the ratio of ingredients. Unbalanced flavours will cause the salad to taste sated very quickly. I will also shared a tip in step 3 to make the macaroni noodles more flavourful.

Most importantly, this salad is highly adaptable. Need the recipe for 1 kg of chicken macaroni salad? No problem! Simply adjust the servings below and you will get the amount needed.

Do not have pineapples? Fret not. Replace them with other ingredients like raisin. Love ham? Then, throw in some cubed slices of smoked ham.

Ingredients of Chicken Macaroni Salad

This is a no fuss recipe. You may already have the simple ingredients at home such as mayonnaise, pickled cucumber, carrot, cheese and pineapples. Of course, you must have chicken and macaroni noodles.

Easy to Get Ingredients
Easy to Get Ingredients

These ingredients create the savoury, creamy yet tangy flavour profiles that everybody will love. Feel free to use left over rotisserie chicken in the salad.

What Is Macaroni Salad Sauce Made Of?

Your favourite mayonnaise! You may find the popular Ladies Choice mayonnaise in most Pinoy household. Complete it with some pepper and salt. That’s all!

Creamy Mayonnaise to Bring Salad Together
Creamy Mayonnaise to Bring Salad Together

Some like it a bit sweet by adding condensed milk but I like mine just creamy and savory, with lots of pineapple.

Type of Cheese

In the Philippines, we use ‘pasturized processed cheese’ that is actually not 100% cheese. Usually, it contains up to 60% cheddar cheese and other ingredients such as oil and emulsifier. It’s very popular as it melts evenly.

If it’s not available in your local grocery store, use cheddar or mozzarella cheese for this recipe.

How Long Does Chicken Macaroni Salad Last in the Fridge?

It lasts for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator if properly stored in an air-tight container. However, do not freeze as it will affect the overall quality of the salad.


400 g
chicken breast
3 1⁄2 l
500 ml
1 cup
200 g
1 tbsp
1 tsp
1 1⁄2 cups
processed cheddar
2 tsp
1 cup
pineapple cubes
1⁄2 cup
pickled cucumber
1 tsp
black pepper
2 cups

Steps to Prepare

Chicken Macaroni Salad Step 1

Step 1 of 5

    • 400 g chicken breast
    • 1 l water

In a pot of boiling water, cook the chicken breast for 15 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink on the inside. Once done, shred the chicken.

Chicken Macaroni Salad Step 2

Step 2 of 5

    • 500 ml water
    • 1 cup carrot(s)

In another pot of boiling water, cook the carrot for 8 minutes. Once cooked, peel the skin and dice it into small chunks. Avoid cooking the carrot for too long or it will turn mushy.

Chicken Macaroni Salad Step 3

Step 3 of 5

    • 200 g macaroni
    • 1 tbsp salt
    • 1 tsp oil
    • 2 1⁄2 l water

In a deep pot, cook water to a rolling boil over high heat. Sprinkle salt and cooking oil before adding macaroni. You may use the water from cooking the chicken in Step 1 for more flavour. Stir every 3 minutes to prevent noodles from sticking to the pot. Cook for about 10 minutes or until al-dante. Rinse with cold water and drain before setting aside.

Chicken Macaroni Salad Step 4

Step 4 of 5

    • 1 1⁄2 cup processed cheddar

Chop cheese into small cubes, similar to the size of the cubed carrots.

Chicken Macaroni Salad Step 5

Step 5 of 5

    • 2 tsp salt
    • 1 cup pineapple cubes
    • 1⁄2 cup pickled cucumber
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 2 cup mayonnaise

Mix the room-temperature carrots and macaroni along with cheese, pineapple, pickled cucumber and mayonnaise evenly. Season with some salt and pepper to taste. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

Published: July 15, 2023

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