Macaroni Chicken Salad

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Creamy chicken macaroni salad with onion for a fresh bite of flavor.

The secret ingredient to my macaroni salad is grain mustard, although not so secret if you have 20/20 vision. I love grain mustard. I love how the little grains pop in your mouth! I also use dijon mustard as well.

Every macaroni or potato salad I make always involves egg. I feel like hard boiled eggs are almost mandatory unless you love a deli-style macaroni salad. In that case, you’ll omit the eggs and add carrots etc. I love a good deli-style macaroni salad but here we’re going for a homestyle macaroni salad and eggs are like I mentioned almost mandatory.

So if you’ve checked out my other macaroni and potato salads you’ll notice that they’re all very similar and you may think I’m boring but I just LOVE a mayo, mustard, and egg based macaroni salad.

Onions, Eggs, and Chicken for the salad

Definitely, go with some white meat. The mayo will moisten it up and most people who dislike white meat is usually because it’s too dry so this won’t be a problem. To play it safe and keep everyone happy I normally use white meat. Yes, that’s roasted chicken and of course, I did not remove the skin.

Whisk all the sauce together to bind it.

Here we have mayo, vinegar, dijon and grain mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper.

Close up to see the details of the grain mustard in the sauce.

And here we have the most delicious macaroni chicken salad. So good!

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4.75 from 4 votes

Macaroni Chicken Salad

There's a hidden secret in this recipe. Grain mustard. It's an added unexpected flavor that mellows out the chicken salad with the onions, it gives it a fresh flavor as well. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 small shallot
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 2 tbsp scallions
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to packaging instructions, rinse under cold water and drain.
  • In a large bowl combine the boiled eggs, cooked chicken, shallots, mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the macaroni to the mixture and mix until well incorporated.
  • Add the peas, season with salt and pepper, garnish with scallions if desired and enjoy!



Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 506
Keyword: Chicken Macaroni Salad, Macaroni Chicken Salad, Macaroni Salad with Chicken
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  1. Hi Julie !!!! Great macaroni and chicken salad recipe ! I make something similar, but I used thick sliced
    deli chicken, turkey and honey ham ! I also add sweet peas, carrots and corn ! YummmmY !!!!

    Thank you for the great recipes and the hard work !

    You make trying new recipes super fun !!!!