Great on a warm summer day and kid-approved! Great for wedding and baby showers. Some planning ahead with having to cook the chicken, noodles, and eggs but definitely worth the extra effort!



Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook shell pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Rinse in cold water until cool and drain.

  • Combine pasta, chicken, celery, and almonds in a large bowl. Mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in another bowl. Pour mayonnaise mixture into pasta mixture; stir well. Fold eggs into pasta. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours.

Cook's Note:

I cook the chicken in a deep casserole dish 1/2 filled with water. Put in chicken, cover and cook for about an hour. Cut chicken breast in 1/2 to make sure it's not pink. Serve with rolls, jello and pickles.

Nutrition Facts

394 calories; 23.9 g total fat; 190 mg cholesterol; 559 mg sodium. 23.2 g carbohydrates; 21.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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I used Trader Joe's Just Chicken used full-fat mayo and didn't blanch the almonds--the only changes I made. The main thing I didn't care for is that it turned out all the same color. I wanted to add something like red bell pepper or tomatoes or something with color. Honey Mustard II from this site would have been a good mix with this. When I actually ate it I added Tajin and more salt and pepper. It resembles other recipes here for chicken salad that add more spices. This is a nice beginning and I liked that the submitter mentioned how easy it would be to make everything ahead of time especially for a major event. It sounds like I didn't care for this but it certainly did make me a nice dinner. Thanks jsmisek! Read More