Filipino-style Macaroni Salad

Like spaghetti, this Filipino-style macaroni salad is one of the things we adapted from the west and made our own. Unlike its plain ol’ western counterpart, it packs flavor and flair with a hodgepodge of shredded chicken, cubed cheese and ham, raisins and crushed pineapple. By adding our own Pinoy taste and twist to a classic dish, we turned it into something more delicious.

Filipino-style Macaroni Salad

Filipino-style Macaroni Salad
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Yield: 6 to 8 servings
  • 1 (16 ounces) package elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 pound chicken breast or thigh meat, boneless and skinless
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup ham, cubed
  • 6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup quick-melt cheese (Velveeta or Eden), cubed
  • 1 (14 ounces) can crushed pineapple
  • ½ cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a pot of salted boiling water, add macaroni and cook for about 8 to 9 minutes or until firm to bite. Drain, rinse under cold running water and allow to completely cool. Set aside.
  2. In a pot, add chicken meat and enough water to cover. Bring the water to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Simmer chicken for about 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through. Drain from liquid, allow to completely cool and shred. Set aside.
  3. In a pot, bring water to a boil. Add diced carrots and cook for about 30 seconds. With a slotted spoon, remove from water and plunge into an ice bath until completely cool. Drain and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine macaroni, chicken, carrots, ham, eggs, cheese, crushed pineapple including packing juice, sweet pickle relish, raisins, onions, mayonnaise and sweetened condensed milk. Gently stir together until evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.



  1. Esteban says

    Hi. The recipe is good, thanks for sharing. I’m just writing in because of the phrase “By debasing a classic recipe…”

    Here’s a link to Googled definition of *debase*:

    Hope you’ll consider writing, next time, that we Pinoys *altered* or *rewrote* or even *hacked* a classic recipe… because *debased* seem, to me, just too negative. No matter how upbeat the intent of the sentence, the connotations of the term are just too, well, debasing.


  2. Patrick Amanse says

    Hello! I am making this macaroni salad right now and was just wondering, what happened to the 6 pieces of coarsely chopped egg?
    Thanks and good day!

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