There are only a few Salad Recipes in Philippine cuisine and this Chicken Macaroni salad recipe is one of those.
Chicken Macaroni Salad usually makes its appearance on birthday celebrations, fiestas, picnics and family get-togethers.
With its mixture of elbow macaroni, chicken and selected vegetables and fruits, this Chicken Macaroni salad, though only a salad, leans more on the heavy side as you would have your carbohydrates and proteins in one go.
Similar to other dishes that make their appearance in Filipino parties, this takes a lot of time to prepare and has a lot of ingredients.
This recipe, admittedly, is a combination of Chicken, Pineapple, Ham, Macaroni, Mayonnaise (not the sour variety) and Condensed Milk.
Other ingredients also include Carrots, Raisins, and Cheese.
For some people, this dish is an acquired taste, but for the majority of Filipinos, the resulting salad is always a tasty hit with visitors and family.
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Chicken Macaroni Salad Recipe Preparation Tips
Though this is a Chicken Macaroni recipe, there are substitutes for the ingredients if you want to be creative with the dish.
You can use another type of pasta for the elbow macaroni like penne or bow-tie pasta.
You can also adjust the ratio of the mayonnaise and the condensed milk whether you want the former to have the stronger taste or the latter.
Whatever you do with these two condiments, though, be very generous, as chilling the pasta will absorb the mixture of mayonnaise and condensed milk, making the resulting dish drier when you put it in the fridge.
It is also important that you put finished Salads in a plastic (Tupperware comes to mind) or glass bowl or container so that the mixture will be chilled well.
The Salad, depending on who is making it, can be chilled overnight or for 3-4 hours.
After chilling, serve on small plates as a dessert or as a meal in itself.
Filipino Chicken macaroni salad recipe with condensed milk
- 2 cups (8 oz.) dry elbow macaroni
- 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
- ¼ cup grated carrots
- ¼ cup finely chopped chives
- ⅓ cup diced dill pickles
- ¼ cup red bell pepper finely diced
- ⅓ cup celery finely diced
- ⅓ cup black olives finely chopped
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 5 tbsp condensed milk
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp sugar
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a large pot of boiling lightly salted water, cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper, and whisk until smooth.
- Place cooked macaroni in a large mixing bowl, pour dressing and toss. Stir in chicken, carrots, chives, pickles, bell pepper, celery and olives (you can always add more of any ingredient if you feel it’s needed). Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Enjoy!
I hope you’ll enjoy this dish at your next fiesta.
Aside from this Chicken Macaroni Salad, You May also like our Filipino Fruit Salad Recipe.