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Chicken Macaroni Salad (+ Video)

Super simple and easy to make, this Chicken Macaroni Salad makes a perfect lunch or a light dinner. Packed with tons of veggies and tossed in a mayo based dressing, it’s comforting, filling, and crazy delicious!

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*Note: This Chicken Macaroni Salad first appeared on August 27, 2014. Since then, it has become one of the most popular recipes on the blog so I decided to make a video for it. I hope you’ll like it!

Pasta salads are something I can’t live without. I mean, a simple veggie salad is great but throw some pasta inside and it becomes more comforting and filling, right?

Me and my hubby, we often make some type of a pasta salad for dinner when we are too lazy to cook something more complex. It’s such an easy and delicious meal! Like this Chicken Pasta Salad I want to show you today, guys.

This salad has something for all your taste buds! It’s slightly tangy with a bit of sweetness, creamy, crunchy, and full of flavor. This is one of those comfort foods that’s impossible not to love.

How To Make Chicken Macaroni Salad

As I already mentioned, this salad is so easy to make. The recipe has a few simple stages:

  1. Cook the pasta.
  2. Cook the chicken if you don’t have any leftovers or rotisserie chicken on hand.
  3. Prepare the dressing by combining mayo, milk, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour the dressing over the noodles and toss.
    Macaroni Salad | YummyAddiction.com
  5. Dice and chop carrots, chives, pickles, bell pepper, celery, and olives and add them to the pasta bowl together with the chicken.
    Easy Chicken Macaroni Salad | YummyAddiction.com
  6. Now toss all ingredients together and voila!
    How To Make Chicken Macaroni Salad | YummyAddiction.com

By the way, there are no rules for this salad – you can always add more of any ingredient if you feel there isn’t enough. Just have fun playing around with the flavors!

Our salad is ready! Doesn’t this look yummy? You can refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve or… you can eat it right now like I do!

Macaroni Salad with Chicken | YummyAddiction.com

I love this colorful stuff! Adding chicken to this salad makes it hearty enough to be a light meal. It seems simple, but it’s definitely a must-try for you guys!

For more pasta packed salads, check out this Seafood Pasta Salad featuring crabmeat and shrimp or this Tuna Pasta Salad with green beans, tomatoes, and potatoes!

Chicken Macaroni Salad Recipe Video:

Macaroni Salad with Chicken | YummyAddiction.com

5 from 7 votes
Chicken Macaroni Salad
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Chicken Macaroni Salad
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Pasta + Chicken + a bunch of veggies and you get this delicious, comforting, and filling salad! A perfect lunch or a light weeknight dinner!

Servings: 4 people
Calories: 511 kcal
Author: Yummy Addiction
Ingredients
For the salad:
  • 2 cups (8 oz. or 225g) dry elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup cooked shredded chicken
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
  • 1/3 cup diced dill pickles
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped black olives
For the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot of boiling lightly salted water, cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper, and whisk until smooth.
  3. Place cooled macaroni in a large mixing bowl, pour dressing and toss. Stir in chicken, carrots, chives, pickles, bell pepper, celery and olives (you can always add more of any ingredient if you feel it's needed). Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Macaroni Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 511 Calories from Fat 271
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30.1g 46%
Cholesterol 39.4mg 13%
Sodium 406.2mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 44.8g 15%
Sugars 5.5g
Protein 14.5g 29%
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Katie
    January 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I knew this looked good…. and boy did it taste good. Both hubby and I loved it. thanks.

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      Jovita
      January 18, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you for reporting back, Katie! I am thrilled you and your hubby loved it!

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    Ad Pi
    September 20, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Tried this and it’s really yummy! Big thanks for sharing your recipe…

    • Reply
      Jovita
      September 27, 2016 at 8:58 am

      You are always welcome! 🙂

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    Karly
    January 10, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Throwing away that plain old ham and cheese I was gonna have for lunch, because HOLY COW does this look a million times better! Love a good macaroni salad!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      January 23, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      I am happy you liked it, Karly!

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    Priyanka @Flavor Quotient
    January 10, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I am definitely gonna love this! It looks so fresh and yum! Chicken and macaroni – these two words are enough to take me in! Plus your salad looks stunning!

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      Jovita
      January 23, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you so much for the comment! This salad is really super delicious 😉

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    Elizabeth
    June 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Now this is my kind of dinner idea! Carbs and loads of protein, you can’t go wrong here! 🙂

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      That’s right!

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    Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
    June 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Looks so delicious! I havent had Macaroni Salad in a long time, and never thought to add chicken to it. I love pickles too, but Carlos doesnt so will have to make two batches 🙂
    Great video too!!!

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      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Geoffrey! I know some people who are not fans of pickles. They don’t understand what they are missing in their lives 😉

  • Reply
    Erica Julson
    June 17, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Haha I totally relate to the pasta salad night when you’re too busy/exhausted to do much else! 🙂

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      It’s the easiest way if you use rotisserie chicken 😉 And really delicious too!

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    Emily
    June 17, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    This looks so delicious, I eat so many pasta salads in the Summer so this is definitely on my list!

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      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Let me know how you liked it if you will give it a try, Emily!

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    Roxana
    June 17, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    This is so mouth watering delicious. Great comfort food.

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      It really is super delicious, Roxana. Be sure to give it a try!

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