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!


Recipe Summary

15 mins
10 mins
6 hrs
6 hrs 25 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • 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; protein 21.9g 44% DV; carbohydrates 23.2g 8% DV; fat 23.9g 37% DV; cholesterol 190.3mg 63% DV; sodium 559.2mg 22% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 3 stars
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