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Filipino-Style Chicken and Ham Macaroni Salad

As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

Filipino-style macaroni salad has a hint of sweetness to it. Make your own with this easy-to-follow recipe!

Filipino-style macaroni salad has a hint of sweetness to it. Make your own with this easy-to-follow recipe!

Filipino Macaroni Salad

There are many variations of macaroni salad, but my favorite version comes from the Philippines. What makes this distinctly Filipino is that it's a little bit sweet; the sweetness comes from the condensed milk, pineapple, sweet pickle relish, and raisins. It's delicious!

Cook Time

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15 min

30 min

45 min

Serves 8-10 people

Ingredients

  • 1 pound macaroni pasta
  • 1 pound chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup ham, cubed
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 (6.5-ounce) bottle pimientos, chopped
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain.
  2. Boil the chicken in a pot with 2 quarts of water and 1 teaspoon of salt for about 20 minutes until cooked. Once the chicken has cooled enough to handle, shred it.
  3. Boil the carrots in a pot of water for about 1 minute and drain.
  4. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then serve.

Variations

  • Olives: Add sliced olives if desired.
  • Pimientos: Instead of bottled pimientos, you can substitute fresh bell peppers.
  • Cheese: You can use any type of cheese you want, and you can cube rather than shred it.
  • Mayonnaise: Rather than mayonnaise, you can substitute sandwich spread. In this case, you would skip the pickle relish.
  • Seasonings: Add other seasonings if you wish, such as garlic powder.
  • Meat: Instead of chicken and ham, you can use any meat or seafood you prefer.