Refreshing chicken salad made with pineapple, apples, mandarin oranges, and seashell macaroni.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Cook macaroni in a large pan of boiling water until al dente. Drain, and rinse. Set aside.

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  • Place nuts in a dry skillet. Toast over medium heat, turning frequently, until nuts are fragrant and lightly browned.

  • In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, pineapple, apples, celery, mandarin oranges, and toasted nuts.

  • In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, reserved pineapple juice, and almond flavoring. Stir into pasta mixture, and mix well. Chill.

Nutrition Facts

538 calories; 36.6 g total fat; 55 mg cholesterol; 294 mg sodium. 33.7 g carbohydrates; 20.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (37)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2004
My family loved it. Left out the apples added more pineapple tidbits added a lg. can of mandarin oranges and glazed the nuts. Didn't use the almond extract added curry powder instead. Good the next day too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/18/2003
I really liked the combination of chicken cashews celery and fruit. However the dressing was too bland for me and the almond flavoring just didn't seem to work. I would make this again but I would add curry to the dressing instead of the almond flavoring. Read More
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58 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2004
My family loved it. Left out the apples added more pineapple tidbits added a lg. can of mandarin oranges and glazed the nuts. Didn't use the almond extract added curry powder instead. Good the next day too. Read More
(29)
Rating: 3 stars
09/18/2003
I really liked the combination of chicken cashews celery and fruit. However the dressing was too bland for me and the almond flavoring just didn't seem to work. I would make this again but I would add curry to the dressing instead of the almond flavoring. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2004
My family loved it. Left out the apples added more pineapple tidbits added a lg. can of mandarin oranges and glazed the nuts. Didn't use the almond extract added curry powder instead. Good the next day too. Read More
(29)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2004
This was such a big hit that anytime we have family get togethers everyone wants me to bring it. So much for potatoe salad. Thanks for this great recipe and for the great reviews I got for making it. Linda Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Fabulous recipe!! My only addition to this recipe was green grapes. If you're going to make this a day ahead wait to add the cashews until just before serving so they stay crunchy. I served this at our 30th wedding anniversary open house and people raved about it. I will make this often!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/22/2003
Excellent -- I took the advice from other raters and it was prefect! Here s what I did: 3 cups cooked pasta shells no cashews 2 full chicken breasts 6 oz pineapple tidbits 1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice 1 big red delicious apple (peels on) 1/3 cup celery 1/3 cup carrots (shredded with a serrated knife) 1 can mandarin oranges 1/2 cup red grapes 1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 3 tablespoons mint flakes. I also used the remaining pineapple juice and the mandarin orange juice to boil the pasta. Good stuff very pretty! Update: Didn't like next day... Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/07/2004
I took this to a "salad supper" and it did not go over well @ all. It was too sweet and the almond extract gave it a funky flavor. Even though no one told me that they didn't like the recipe it was pretty evident when more than half was left. I don't think I'll make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2004
VERY GOOD! I would add more pasta than it calls for. I used red apples and no almond flavoring.. EXCELLENT! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This is a refreshingly different chicken salad. The almond extract adds a wonderful flavor that enhances the apples and the chicken! Thanks for sharing Maggie! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2004
This is one of the best pasta salads I have ever made. My family requests I make it at every gathering. Thanks. It's great not having to make potato salad anymore. Linda Read More
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