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Easy Cheesy Chicken Macaroni Salad

Updated on January 21, 2014
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This chicken macaroni salad is so easy to make and basically no major cooking required except for boiling the pasta and the chicken. In addition, I’ve also used some low fat and much healthier choice ingredients. Unlike the traditional recipe, I used whole-wheat pasta (elbow macaroni) and low-calorie mayonnaise, added some fiber from raisins and protein from the chicken breast.

Chicken macaroni salad is a staple side dish for most Filipino households especially on Christmas and New Year. However, it is also perfect for picnics and family gatherings. It is also great with barbeque and other grilled foods.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 packet whole wheat Elbow macaroni (boiled)
  • Boneless chicken breast (boiled and cubed or shredded)
  • 1 can pineapple chunks (drained)
  • Minced Spanish onion (optional)
  • Diced red bell pepper (optional)
  • Celery stalks (cut into small cubes)
  • Raisins
  • Mayonnaise (Low-fat)
  • Lady’s Choice Sandwich Spread
  • Cheddar cheese (cubed)
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

N.B. As you will notice, I don't measure the rest of the ingredients. You simply toss the rest depending on your taste and your like. For example, if you like raisins, then go ahead put more and if you don't like much of the pineapple then, by all means reduce it.~

Quick Tips for perfect pasta:

1. While boiling pasta, put a drop of olive oil in the water to prevent the pasta from sticking together.

2. Right after boiling the pasta, run it quickly over cold water and then drain.

I bet, you’d appreciate the absolute simplicity of its ingredients and so here’s how to make it:


  1. Boil chicken with chop onions, salt and pepper until tender. Drain and cut into small cubes or shred.
  2. Using the same chicken broth, boil the macaroni as directed in the package.
  3. Drain the macaroni well and place in a large container for tossing with other ingredients.
  4. Add the mayonnaise (and /or Ladies Choice sandwich spread). Mix well.
  5. Add chicken, minced onions, red bell pepper (if using) and cheddar cheese. Mix well.
  6. Toss in pineapple chunks, celery stalks and raisins. Mix well again.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Chill for about an hour and serve.
  9. Enjoy!

Bon Appétit

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Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 8 servings

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4.9 out of 5 stars from 8 ratings of CrisSp easy cheesy chicken macaroni salad

Calories in homemade macaroni salad per serving size:

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 174
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 27 g9%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 12 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Copyright@CrisSp/12-2012. Fearless but not Heartless!

© 2012 CrisSp

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    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      sounds like a creative salad and very tasty. We all can come up with some really unusual, tasty and healthy idea.s

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm just stopping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Cris! Thank you for a year of treasured friendship.

      blessings and hugs from Olympia,

      bill

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Carol, thank you. Welcome to my dinner table. Please enjoy the salad. (: Merry Christmas to you!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Bill, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and all the support. It is indeed a pleasure to know you (and Bev) and happy to connect.

      Hugs back to you and good wishes for Christmas.

      Cris~

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Too late for Christmas. Will have to wait for 2013. Happy and safe Holidays

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Martin, as if you cook. I remember you burning the turkey. So, leave it to Arlene. (: Have a great holiday to you both!

      Thanks.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Another salad recipe to add into my bookmark. I love salad to be added to main course meal. Voted up

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Beautifully done, CrisSp! Your photos worked so well on me that I was salivating like Pavlov's pooch! Thank you for sharing this. I learned some new things...for example, the tip about using a drop of olive oil to prevent the boiling pasta from sticking. My wife may already be doing this, but I'm clueless. : ) Great job, as usual. Happy Holidays, and I'll see you next year! LOL!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Thanks for the recipe Crisp. I am a die-hard pasta and anything fan. I will be trying this one out as well.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      peachpurple: Thank you. I hope you enjoy the salad.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      hawaiianodysseus: Thank you. I very much appreciate your time to drop by and comment specially on this beautiful Christmas day. I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and good wishes for the coming year.

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      shiningirisheyes : Merry Christmas to you. I hope you enjoy the salad. Cheers to our courage in creativity whether in cooking, cleaning, singing, dancing, writing and loving.

      Love and Light,

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      This looks yum!!! even I can make this, "I think", Thanks for the great recipe!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      My pleasure ehealer. Thank you for passing by. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      No CrisSP, thank you! I pinned and facebooked you as well!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This sure sounds great. All I need to do is use my wheat free pasta, and I'm ready to go.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello aviannovice! I'm quite surprised to see you here but very pleased, of course. Thank you for dropping by. I'm sure you'll enjoy its goodness. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      Mmmmm sounds absolutely delicious CrisSp! Now I'm hungry for some. :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      QudsiaP1 : Thank you.

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      Bryan Rogers 4 years ago from Alaska normally, East Coast currently

      This sounds like a recipe that will be appreciated in my family. Thanks for sharing and I will be sure to let you know how it turns when we make it at our house...voted up and awesome.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      BesaksTriviaStop: Thank you for stopping by and please do let me know how it turns out. Appreciate your votes.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i really love chicken macaroni salad. birthdays, new years and parties..this is the recipe we put #1 on our list.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      unknown spy: Bet, we all do! Thanks for stopping by. See you in the next hub stop.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I didn't realize that chicken macaroni salad is a popular Filipino side dish. We also enjoy this salad and yours sounds delicious with the sweet/salty combo of pineapple, raisins and cheese. I look forward to trying it. Voted up and shared!

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      mours sshields 4 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Looks and sounds very tasty!

      Marcia Ours

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      Renee 4 years ago

      I really miss eating macaroni salad we Filipinos love simply because I can no longer eat chicken due to my allergies. It really does not taste as good without the chicken doesn't it? Do you know of anything that I can use other than chicken? Tuna is also out as am allergic to it, too. Love your hub. Voted up and across, shared, pinned and tweeted.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      vespawoolf: Thank you. Please enjoy the salad. (:

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Marcia. It is indeed tasty. I promise.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Oh no, sorry that you can't have chicken nor tuna because of your allergies. That's quite sad. Well, then you can certainly omit the meat and just have plain macaroni salad with all the ingredients except for the chicken/tuna. I do that sometimes; more like a vegetarian macaroni salad.

      Thank you for dropping by the salad table Marie. I'll see you around HP.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      great hub. sounds delicious. i love macaroni salad. i've never had it with chicken before. thanks. voted up.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      torrilynn: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      They look so good and I think it taste good too.

      Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you ignugent17. It's good to see you here.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      I love it and will give it a try. I enjoy cold salads around Spring/Summer, so I am adding this to my Recipes. Spring is weeks away... :-)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Lady_E! Happy to see you here and yes, we have few more weeks and spring will soon be here. Thank you for stopping by. I promise, you'll not be disappointed with this recipe. Love from the sky~

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I think it´s a long time ago since I made my last chicken macaroni salad. Thanks for reminding me about this yummy food. Have a great day CrisSp;-)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      You're most welcome Thelma. Enjoy!

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      IslandBites 2 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Sounds delicious! Vote up.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      IslandBites: Thank you.

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