Macaroni Salad with Chicken and Pineapple
This is Filipino-style Macaroni Salad with Chicken and Pineapple. It is a fast, easy cold salad for summer or warmer days. It is a pasta staple in Philippine households, for family events or parties. What makes this distinctly Filipino is that it's a salad that is sweet. Pinoys love sweet flavors. One will find layers of sweetness in the pineapple chunks, raisins, pickle relish and even the mayo dressing. This is an Asian in America recipe. Serves 4.
Servings: 4 people
- 2 cups elbow macaroni pasta cooked according to box directions
- 2 cups finely chopped boiled chicken
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish bottled; drained
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup pineapple chunks, canned; drained
- 2-3 cups mayonnaise, use regular
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon white pepper powder
- fresh lettuce leaves for garnish
I have used leftover rotisserie chicken, chopped fine for this recipe if I am in a rush to make the salad and don't have time to boil the chicken.I use a food chopper or processor to chop the chicken and celery if I am in a hurry.Safety precautions: Dishes with mayonnaise dressing should not be left outdoors under the sun or heat for prolonged periods of time. When serving this salad outdoors, keep refrigerated, then serve and pass around during the meal. Cover and return to the refrigerator again.
If I do not have leftover cooked chicken here's how to boil chicken: Boil ½ pound boneless chicken breast in 2 cups water, with a stalk of chopped celery, a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 40 minutes in a medium stock pot, over medium-high heat or till cooked thoroughly (no pink parts). When chicken is cooked, drain and chop fine. Keep the leftover broth in the refrigerator or freezer to use for soups or other dishes.
Serving: 1g | Calories: 1403kcal | Carbohydrates: 134g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 93g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 950mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 558IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg