How to make Chicken Macaroni, A Filipino salad recipe

Click here to read about Filipino Dessert Salads before you dive in this recipe

The best thing about this recipe is mixing the mayonnaise, condensed milk and macaroni. When your giant spatula or wooden spoon tosses  those three ingredients, the sound it makes is as dreamy as a Frank Sinatra song. It’s like listening to raindrops hitting the wet land. It’s like listening to tiny shells rolling down the length of the bamboo. It’s like a resonating, reverberating, recurring voice that says, “you are doing something good, don’t stop”. It’s a vibrating moan. It’s like sailing in a fluffy sea. It’s like drumming a thousand little drums. It’s like swimming in a sea of cream and soft stuffs. It is of God’s.

I would like to stop there but the moment I list down the ingredients… I don’t know. You may shriek.

Here we go:

Two and half cups of Mayonnaise, not sour mayonnaise (I can see those eyebrows raising).

175ml of Condensed Milk (I heard you say that. And for those who are talking in their mind, I heard that too.).

for 500 grams Macaroni Pasta (yep, not even a kilo).

Now let’s lighten up the situation –

A can of Pineapple Pieces in syrup

A handful of Raisins

A tablespoon of Pickles

One whole Chicken Breast, poached in sugar, salt, white pepper and a whole onion, shredded afterwards

And let’s make you shriek again –

A cup of grated cheddar Cheese

Now here are some tips while cooking your pasta for your Chicken Macaroni Salad

1. When the water is boiling, add oil, any kind of oil except used oil. I use butter myself and generous amount of salt. Not only that it prevents your pasta from sticking, it will also give your pasta a little bit of flavor kick. This method is done for stringy pastas mainly but you do not want to see your macaroni pasta stick like letter M’s.

2. As long as you see the water turn a little whitish, then you’re pasta is nearly al dente. But you still have to check if they are. Whether this is your first time to cook macaroni or the nth time, get a piece of macaroni from the boiling pot and bite through it. If it’s still hard or has an uncooked part (usually in the middle), of course you know it’s not done. That’s what “al dente” literally means – to the tooth.

3. After your pasta is al dente and transfered into a clean strainer (clean that strainer you disgusting animal), let cold water run through them so it will prevent your pasta from sticking. Did I say cold water? And did I say it should be inside a strainer and not swimming in a bowl?

Let’s do the Chicken for your Chicken Macaroni Salad

1. Chicken in the pot with water just above it. Add 1 whole onion. Add generous amounts of sugar, salt and white pepper. You want your salad immaculately white so if you try adding black pepper, good luck. 101 Dalmatians Pasta recipe.

2. Place it in high heat until it boils then lower the heat down until the next 15 minutes. Strain it and set aside. (why do all recipes use the phrase “set it aside?”)

3. After it is not hot. Notice above I wrote set aside. Separate it into thin, long strands – with your fingers. Do not ever use a knife or somebody will stab you with it.

On Mixing your Chicken Macaroni Salad…

1. Do not put all the ingredients in yet. What you want to do is see the consistency of your pasta with your condensed milk and mayo first. What’s the ratio you ask? Look at the measurements in the ingredients up there. That’s around that mark. You may like it sweeter, you may like it mayo-er. As long as every single piece of macaroni get’s covered with your dressing you are good amigo. And be careful with opening that can of condensed milk. If this is your first time of opening that can of condensed milk, you will spill it. So let it stand on anything flat (get some models) and do not open it near your body parts unless you want to execute foreplay all by yourself.

Are you mixing it yet? If you are, read the first paragraph of this post again.

2. When adding the rest of ingredients, be careful with adding more pickles.

3. You can’t eat it yet. You need to chill it. Stick it in the fridge. You also do not want to starve your macaroni with a little mayo or condensed milk. The reason why we are putting a lot of it is because the pasta will absorb the dressing while chilling. You do not want to open your glass container and see that your mayo-condensed milk mix has somewhat escaped the salad. And yes, a glass or plastic container. Don’t you ever try putting it in a metal container. I don’t want you to ruin it. At least 2 hours of chilling yes?

For those who have their own Macaroni Dessert Salad recipe, I know you’ve been talking in your mind that you have a different one. I heard it. Let others know about it by posting it in the comments below.




Author: Ziggy

Ziggy grew up in the "dirty kitchen" of his grandmother. Literally. He would spend his pre-school days watching her cook crazy Filipino food. His love for food set him up in a journey through the kitchens of the Philippines to chef-swearing laden restaurants of Melbourne where he has worked mainly as a dishwasher, stockist, searcher of missing ingredients, deep frier of everything, arranger of antipasti on a supposed to be chopping board, kitchen cart surfer, emergency pastry chef, take-the-pans-we're-on-a-ciggy-break, chefs' cook of take home food, salad scientist and quite a number of mundane everyday things in the kitchen. Are you still reading this? He has quit that 1pm to 3am job now that he has learned to write. thus this site came to existence.

Share This Post On


  1. Awesome. I was just trying to explain this to a friend who couldn’t stop shaking his head. I’ve got to just make some and have him try it!

  2. This looks wonderful. I haven’t had this forever.

  3. my mother used to make this salad even on regular weekends. my siblings and I go crazy over it. now im hungry.

  4. @Linda M Go for it! Spread the love!

    @Joy please do make some! Quick!

    @Lloyd I guess i’m lucky because it’s just me and my wife feasting on a huge container of this stuff whenever we feel like it. This is my mother-in-law’s recipe, I think. 😀

  5. chalap…hehe its good im home..”MOM!”….:)

  6. Lloyd, is it your Mom who’s a chef or your dad?

  7. nong, its my mom. she does catering (with the school where she works). hihi

  8. I tried the recipe except I realized I am out of pickles when I was preparing it so I substituted the pickles with Vlasic Sweet Relish. I served it to my Pinoy friends and it was a hit. Thanks!!!

  9. I’ve been experimenting on macaroni salad in pursuit of making a good one since my husband loves macaroni per se (yep, weird). As of the recipe you described, can I use fruit cocktail instead of just pineapple? I don’t want to waste a good salad if in case it doesn’t work out. Thanks.

  10. Hi ying, I haven’t tried and I suggest not because I don’t know if an army of fruits will work well with chicken. :)

  11. great sounding recipe, and i bet fab tasting too! have you tried it with some chopped celery sticks and carrots? gives it that extra crunch . thanks for this recipe.

  12. ok tnx

  13. I use lots of pineapple tidbits and pimiento in my macaroni salad. And I cube my cheese into tidbits so it will not get lost in the mixture. No pickles. I use Japanese mayo which is not sour. I use more mayo in the mayo- condensed milk dressing.

    I use the straight macaroni, not the elbow macaroni. Nowadays, straight and long macaroni is no longer available. What is available is pre-cut macaroni, which serves the purpose as well.

    Just before serving, I smother mayo and condensed mixture on top, to “wet” the salad a bit.

  14. Hello! I’m reading your blog and having a wonderful time. With regards to Ying’s query, my Mom used to make this salad with fruit cocktail and I loved it. I guess it is a matter of taste but the sweetness of the fruits do work well with the salty flavor of the chicken.

    I was actually looking at recipes on other blogs just to confirm if the addition of fruit cocktail is really as weird as it sounds. I guess my family were the only few ones who used fruit cocktail in addition to canned pineapples. Most of the recipes posted online only mention canned pineapples on their ingredient list.

    I might have to give it a go and post a recipe using fruit cocktail on my blog just to offer another variation to this wonderful dish. Looking forward to reading the rest of your blog.

  15. Can i skip the sweet pickle relish? I cant seem to find it in the groceries here in sg

  16. Hi Ying, with regards of substituting chicken to fruit cocktail, yes u can. that’s what i usually made in every occassion we have. in a pack of macaroni elbow or twirl i put 2 cans of fruit cocktail, a box of cheddar (sliced into small cubes),mayo and a can of condensed milk.

    Try it and u will surely love it..

  17. Wooh!missing the filipino foods!I’m hoping there is a filipino market here in indiana. :-(

  18. This is what I’m looking for! Thanks for sharing. I’m gonna prepare it soon! Very soon!! Yeppy….

  19. oh I love chicken macaroni tnx….:)

  20. Can i put potatoes?

  21. thanks for this post..i’ve been looking for a good recipe for macaroni salad..i think i would really love this!!! this is gonna be my first time to do macaroni salad and i hope my family loves it! and i’m pretty sure they will..thanks again!=) hope to read more of your recipes..

  22. i love it so much my family loves it its delicus

  23. and thanks for shering recipe of the chiken macroni ………………………i love it so much,,,,,,,…….//////

  24. Great recipe! I’m trying it now! Thank you!

  25. thanks for the info.
    its help me a lot in preparing my macaroni salad. thank you so much.

  26. I love your recipe and how you cooked your chicken macaroni salad. Its very simple and all the ingredients are easy to find. Actually we have the same style and recipe but what I like most was the chicken part.. haha My mind says why white pepper instead of the black one because I already have it but then you explained it perfectly! Thanks for the tips!

  27. Love it , I will try this on NEW YEAR’S EVE … Thanks .More pOwer ot you .. muahhhhhhhhhhhhh

  28. thanks for this wonderful recipe. im gonna try it this new years eve.. it is my first time to do it so i hope it will turn out good. ^^

  29. Yummy in my tummy. Filipino macaroni salad is the BEST…from all the rest…

  30. Hey Basky!!! I didn’t realized that the recipe I was reading was yours. Good thing I remember your page on cooking. Sorry I jumped immediately on the recipe and the procedure then scrolled up to the header. hahaha.

    Question bro, in preparing/cooking the chicken, when you say generous amount of sugar, salt and pepper….what can be the ratio of these condiments?

    Hope to hear from you. I want to try this. :-)

    – Jhan

  31. Hi Jhan! How are you? :)

    About 1 to 2 teaspoonful of salt, sugar and (white) pepper for a kilo of chicken :) you know us Filipinos we don’t reall measure to the exact. Hahaha!

    Hope that helps!

  32. Hi Basky,

    Done! Taste great! 😀
    Thanks for sharing.

    Regards to Lei and Lily.

  33. Hi! Im going to prepare it at my nephew’s 1st birthday party.
    An all purpose cream didn’t required for the recipe?

  34. i had fun reading it. The orgasmic description added pizzazz to a delightful recipe. Thanks for the tips and trivia, too. Very useful. I just added shredded carrots and bell pepper. Thank you for sharing.

  35. great recipe! the whole family loved it.

  36. I had so much fun reading this! I have been searching a good chicken salad Filpino style for my sons birthday, and I come across this blog. I love the sense of humor. I am going to try this recipe. Thanks for being fun blogger.

  37. I tried this recipe and preparing chicken macaroni too for the very first time on my mom’s bday and i got a lot of compliments from our visitors. They liked it and praise my skills hehe.. Every time i make one, i always check this page to make sure i followed correctly all the instructions. So today on new year’s eve, im going to prepare chicken macaroni salad again. Thank you for sharing this! :)

  38. @ ying I once was served with chicken macaroni, and it was so delicious I asked for the recipe. All the ingredients are the same(the post here)except that my friend put apples on hers. And also for the cheese use Kraft.

  39. So 500 grams dry macaroni? And I bought Hellmanns

  40. I had a deli in upstate New York a couple of years ago and my Philipina friend/cook made this heavenly macaroni salad that quickly became sought after. I don’t recall any pineapple or relish though. Nonetheless I closed shop and she’s now preparing her modified salad for another deli minus the chicken and I’m happy to have even this simpler version when it’s offered. I’ve been to lots of Philipino parties and somehow I’d never tried this. I am going to give your recipe a whirl myself, thank you for making it so tempting- I could actually hear the creaminess!!

  41. Hi…thanks for sharing your mac salad. I was delighted with the way u presented it. Haha..


  1. myfilipinokitchen » Blog Archive » Filipino Dessert Salads - [...] Click here to read that Filipino Dessert Salad that i’m making a recipe of Share The…
  2. myfilipinokitchen » Blog Archive » That thin “spaghetti” strand that separates Japanese and American Influence in Filipino Food - [...] Salad 1, 2, and half of number 3 salad. [...]
  3. myfilipinokitchen » Blog Archive » That thin “spaghetti” strand that separates Japanese and American Influence on Filipino Food - [...] Salad 1, 2, and half of number 3 salad. [...]
  4. How To Make Chicken Salad Recipe | We Get Healthy - […] How to make Chicken Macaroni, A Filipino salad recipe – Click here to read about Filipino Dessert Salads before…
  5. Help! I need a list of Filipino dishes for my Filipino party! Give me a Filipino Menu! | myfilipinokitchen - […] The infamous Chicken Macaroni Salad. They come in white, pink, green and even purple. (Who’s the genius that included…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this delicious content

Share this post with your friends!