Chicken, shrimp and pasta salad

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Breathe new life into your macaroni salad by using pasta spirals, combining chicken with shrimps and adding lightly toasted sliced almonds.

Don’t look too impressed though. It’s really just about getting creative with leftovers.

Yes, seriously.

I made chicken, pasta and pineapple salad last Saturday, I set aside two portions for the girls to bring to the condo, the packs got left behind because their bag of to-bring-food was so full that I didn’t think I forgot to include anything.

It was also on Saturday that my Buddy and Laura (if you haven’t met them yet, click here and here) came over, they brought stuff for making Vietnamese spring rolls, the shrimps were too small and Laura got bored peeling them. Ergo, about half of the boiled shrimps went into a container and into the fridge.

And the almonds? I baked an apple galette and forgot to sprinkle the toasted almonds before the pie went into the oven.

So, all that became this salad. Speedy’s portion had shrimps; mine didn’t (I’m allergic).

casaveneracion.com Chicken, shrimp and pasta salad

Recipe: Chicken, shrimp and pasta salad

Ingredients

  • 200 g. of pasta (whatever shape but the best are the ones with lots of grooves to catch the dressing)
  • 500 g. of chicken (I used half of a whole)
  • cooked shrimp, peeled and cut up if large (amount is variable since I used leftovers, remember?)
  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 c. of pineapple pieces (depending on how much pineapples you like in your salad), drained
  • 2 to 3 celery stalks
  • 1/4  to 1/3 c. of pickle relish
  • 1/2 c. (or more) of mayonnaise
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt, pepper and sugar to taste
  • toasted almond slices
  • chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Boil the chicken in a large pot of salted water. Remove scum as it rises. For a really flavorful chicken (and pasta since you’re going to cook the pasta in the broth), add a whole onion, a few cloves of garlic, a bay leaf and some peppercorns. Cover the pot and let the chicken simmer for about 40 minutes.
  2. Lift the chicken, transfer to a plate and cool.
  3. Strain the broth and reheat. When boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain. That’s tasty pasta, trust me.
  4. Debone the chicken, discard the bones (save the skin if you prefer not to include them in the salad) and cut the meat into half-inch cubes.
  5. Slice the celery stalks, anywhere from 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch would be good.
  6. Toss everything together, except the almonds. If, however, there are members of your family who are allergic to shrimps like I am, I suggest you add the shrimps just before serving and only to the portions of the people who are okay with shrimps.
  7. Adjust the seasonings and amount of mayo (and lemon juice, perhaps), as needed. Chill for a couple of hours.
  8. To serve, ladle into salad bowls and sprinkle with toasted almond slices.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8


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Hello, my name is Connie Veneracion. I cook, I shoot, I write. But I don't do the laundry. I don't like housekeeping very much either... (more about me)

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3 Responses

  1. maruh says:

    tamang-tama! ahhh i am actually looking for a recipe with shrimps coz i almost forgot the 250G cooked shrimps in the fridge that i bought and i had leftover boiled chicken yesterday na isinama ko sa lugaw yesterday dinner. Pasta nalang ang iluluto then solve ang lunch ngayon. thank you very much for sharing!!! bon appetit! :)

  2. Lerker says:

    Uyy like ko ang mega-colorful na stripey na table cover. Maganda yan at colorful para hindi depressing. Nakaka-depress kasi usually ang mga salad coz it means you’re on a diet. :( In a perfect world, nakaka-taba ang vegetables at nakaka-sexy pag puro baboy kinain mo. Gosh.

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