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Chicken Macaroni Salad Filipino Style

October 15, 2016

Filipino Macaroni Salad is the exotic version of the well-known macaroni salad. This Asian creation includes condensed milk, raisins, pineapple, cheese, and more!

This Filipino Macaroni Salad is not the one you are used to. It features pineapple, raisins, and condensed milk. Mildly sweet, creamy, comforting - you'll love it! | cookingtheglobe.com

If you are a die-hard Pinterest fan, just like me, you have probably seen loads of macaroni salad recipes there. The explanation of such a trend is pretty simple – this salad is crazy popular in the States.

For those of you who have heard about macaroni salad for the first time in your life – it’s a type of salad made with elbow macaroni (you can easily use any other type of short cut pasta), mayo, and other ingredients of your choice. Those ingredients usually are savory: chicken, carrots, chives, pickles, olives, and other. Today, though, I want to show you a Filipino version of this delicious, comforting dish, which includes pineapple, raisins, and condensed milk!

This Filipino Macaroni Salad is not the one you are used to. It features pineapple, raisins, and condensed milk. Mildly sweet, creamy, comforting - you'll love it! | cookingtheglobe.com

Phew, I still can’t get enough of the last Filipino recipe, which was a fantastic stew called Beef Caldereta, and here we are again making food from this beautiful country. I am so ready!

It perhaps doesn’t come as a surprise that Americans were the ones who brought this salad to the Philippines during the occupation in the beginning of the 20th century. Filipinos must have loved it, but still decided to change some things. You know, to suit their palates. That’s how the Filipino Macaroni Salad was born. The main difference from the American version is a mildly sweet flavor.

This Filipino Macaroni Salad is not the one you are used to. It features pineapple, raisins, and condensed milk. Mildly sweet, creamy, comforting - you'll love it! | cookingtheglobe.com

This salad is served during various special occasions: Christmas, birthdays, and other holidays. You can have it as an appetizer or a side dish to various stews or grilled meats. Don’t worry about the sweetness – you will barely feel it.

This Filipino Macaroni Salad is not the one you are used to. It features pineapple, raisins, and condensed milk. Mildly sweet, creamy, comforting - you'll love it! | cookingtheglobe.com

This Filipino Macaroni Salad recipe makes 8-10 servings, but we made it for 2 people: me and my wife, ha! Wasn’t a problem at all – we managed to polish it off in a few days. It’s just that GOOD. One spoonful of this Asian creation and you are hooked. Try it at your own risk – the addiction is inevitable! This Filipino Macaroni Salad is not the one you are used to. It features pineapple, raisins, and condensed milk. Mildly sweet, creamy, comforting - you'll love it! | cookingtheglobe.com

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This Filipino Macaroni Salad is not the one you are used to. It features pineapple, raisins, and condensed milk. Mildly sweet, creamy, comforting - you'll love it! | cookingtheglobe.com
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Filipino Macaroni Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Everybody loves macaroni salad. But have you ever tried Filipino version with condensed milk, pineapple, raisins, and other exotic ingredients? It's extraordinary!

Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 12 people
Calories Per Serving: 639 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 1 lb (450g) elbow macaroni , cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese , cubed
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 1 large carrot , grated
  • 1 lb (450g) boneless skinless chicken breasts , boiled, cubed
  • 1 14 oz or 400g can crushed pineapple
  • 3 hard boiled eggs , chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • salt and pepper , to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the pasta in a very large bowl and mix with mayo.
  2. Add the condensed milk, cheddar cheese, onion, and carrot. Mix well.
  3. Add the chicken, pineapple with all the juice, eggs, raisins, salt, and pepper.
  4. Let sit for at least 1 hour in a fridge and serve chilled. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

1. You can substitute boiled chicken with rotisserie chicken. It will save you time + won't mess up the taste.

 

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Kavey October 16, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I’ve only relatively recently tried much Filipino food and it’s definitely a cuisine I want to learn more of. This pasta salad looks lovely.

    • Reply Igor October 17, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Yes! We always think about Chinese, Thai, Japanese when we talk about Asian cuisine, but we forget that there are other countries with amazing food too 🙂

  • Reply Emily October 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve never had a macaroni salad before but it looks great, there’s some really interesting flavours here too!

    • Reply Igor October 17, 2016 at 9:30 am

      I am sure you would love it, Emily 🙂

  • Reply Platter Talk October 16, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I like the idea of adding raisins to a mac salad. Thanks.

    • Reply Igor October 17, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Pineapple is a cool addition too 🙂

  • Reply Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry October 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Interesting take on a Macaroni salad with the Filipino influence.

    • Reply Igor October 17, 2016 at 9:31 am

      I am glad you liked it, Bintu 🙂

  • Reply Melissa October 16, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    We have had several different family macaroni salad recipes over the years. It has been a staple at summer picnics. I like how you’ve changed it with a Filipino influence.

    • Reply Igor October 17, 2016 at 9:32 am

      It’s not me Melissa, it’s Filipinos who created this delicious version 🙂

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