When Awesome Jaime officially launched her business, there was a little food partayyy where Tim’s mom prepared a traditional Filipino dish, the chicken macaroni salad. I thought it was possibly one of the nicest things I ate that week.
So I did what anyone would do in my situation: badger Tim’s mom for the recipe until she finally told me, yay!
A chicken macaroni salad? What’s so special about that, you ask? At the heart of it, it’s chicken + macaroni + mayonnaise. I suppose it’s always nice to revisit the basics and appreciate the absolute simplicity of ingredients. Again I’m just trying to fill out virtual white space; come on, everything tastes great with mayonnaise!
Of course by the time I got down to making it, I’d forgotten most of what Tim’s mom told me. Even the exact taste of it was a blur to me. Well soldier on regardless as I’d already bought the main ingredients. As we say in Malaysia, lantaklah…
So here was what I did: boil chicken breasts for about 20mins then shred them to pieces. Shredding chicken meat is really a thankless job and I don’t look forward to doing it again anytime soon. It really isn’t easy if you’re a slight OCD case like moi…
Cook macaroni according to instructions. After it’s cooked, remove the water then slip in a couple pieces of cheap cheddar slices. ‘Cos I’m too cheap to buy the ridiculously priced good ones.
Next, add the shredded chicken and raisins together with the macaroni. Normally I hate raisins and would never deign to eat nor use them, but I’ll make an exception for this one.
Add salad cream and mayonnaise to the mix. Get a cousin to put in salt + black pepper + sprinkle of whatever dried herbs. If you’re unfortunate enough not to have a cousin like mine who would do these things for you, I suppose you could bloody well do it yourself then!
Mix everything together, mix well. Let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.
Eat, nom nom nom nom! Someone’s maid who is Filipino told me that it’s exactly how they do it back home but I feel something was missing. Perhaps it was the lack of onions (Ryan don’t eat raw onions yet) and I went slightly overboard with the salad cream. If you want to give it a go, you should get the proper recipe and methods from This Little Piggy.