Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Hawaiian Chicken Salad with pineapple, macadamia nuts, and fresh herbs. A lighter version of a classic salad with Hawaiian flavors!

Hawaiian Chicken Salad with greek yogurt, pineapple and macadamia nuts!

I’m not crazy about most fast food restaurants or even fast casual restaurants. I would rather make a fresh and flavorful meal at home. Chipotle is always an exception because I can never turn down a burrito bowl with guacamole. And the other exception is a local restaurant that serves fifteen different types of chicken salad. I dream about this place. Everyone can find a flavor that they love, but my personal favorite is the chicken salad with pineapple and macadamia nuts. I recreated my own version of the salad and added a subtle spicy kick with cayenne pepper.

Chicken salad makes a great lunch for both kids and adults.  Chicken salad on a croissant is the best thing ever. I also love to serve it with salad greens or crackers. The addition of the pineapple and macadamia nuts adds a tropical element to a classic recipe.

Hawaiian Chicken Salad with greek yogurt, pineapple and macadamia nuts!

For this recipe, I used my new #OXOCookware Stainless Steel Pro 3.5 Qt Sauce Pan. I’ve always been a huge fan of OXO products and was excited when I heard about their new line of cookware. A heat aluminum core is fused between two layers of stainless steel to ensure even cooking from every side. I love that it has markings on the interior walls for measuring liquid ingredients and is also dishwasher safe. The glass lids are even oven safe up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit so the cookware easily moves from stovetop to oven. To test out my new pan, I made a classic dish with Hawaiian flavors.

Hawaiian Chicken Salad with greek yogurt, pineapple and macadamia nuts!
Hawaiian Chicken Salad with greek yogurt, pineapple and macadamia nuts!

Yields about 4 servings

Hawaiian Chicken Salad

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • whole garlic clove
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt


  1. Fill a 3 to 3.5-quart sauce pan full of water. Add the chicken breasts and garlic clove. Bring to a full boil and then turn off the heat and cover the pot. After 12 minutes, remove one of the breasts and cut into the thickest part to check to see if they are done (they should be cooked through and register at least 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer). If there is any pink, return to the pot for another 15 minutes. Drain chicken through a colander, discard the garlic clove and cool slightly.
  2. Chop or shred the chicken into small pieces. Add the chicken, pineapple, macadamia nuts and scallions to a large bowl and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, Dijon mustard, and yogurt. Add the yogurt mixture to the large bowl with the chicken mixture and toss well to combine. Serve on bread, over salad greens or with crackers, as desired.


Source: Spoonful of Flavor

Hawaiian Chicken Salad with greek yogurt, pineapple and macadamia nuts!

I was not compensated to write this post. OXO sent me a Stainless Steel Pro 3.5 Quart Sauce Pan to review. This post contains affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. Sues

    I’m a huge fan of chicken salad and definitely think I’d love this fun twist on it!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Chipotle’s burrito bowls are my weakness, SO good! But I agree, I would much rather stay in and cooking something, too. This salad looks gorgeous, Ashley! Love the flavors and presentation. Delish!

  3. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    I don’t usually eat chicken salad because I’m turned off my mayonnaise. I finally found a recipe that I can enjoy! Thank you for using greek yogurt as a substitute. Such a wonderful idea. Sweet, nutty, and hearty. YUM!

  4. mira

    I feel the same way about fast food restaurants, but can eat at Chipotle every day! This chicken salad looks delicious and your pictures are beautiful! Need to try it! I love OXO products, the quality is great!

  5. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    Yeah I pretty much eat Chipotle burrito bowls like its a food group. This is so amazing, and I love the creativity behind this dish. Super beautiful!

  6. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    What do they put in their guac at Chipotle–it’s so good!

    Chicken salad with pineapple and macadamia nuts sounds so good. Love the additional sweetness from the pineapple and crunchiness from the nuts.

  7. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I can’t turn down that Chipotle guac either!!! And I do love a good chicken salad, so I can’t wait to try pineapple in my next batch!!! Yum!

  8. Kelly

    We are total suckers for Chipotle burrrito bowls too – they’re so good! This chicken salad looks gorgeous! I love the pineapple and macadamia nuts in here!

  9. Cyndi @ My Kitchen Craze

    I heart Chipotle too. This chicken salad looks so pretty and delicious! I need this for lunch today! 🙂 Pinned!

  10. Marissa | Pinch and Swirl

    I’m with you on fast food and fast casual – totally prefer to make my own food (or eat food cooked by family and friends). And how gorgeous is this chicken salad! It’s exactly the kind of thing I love to eat.

  11. Annie @Maebells

    Oh my gosh, this is genius! I love chicken salad but I have never thought of using these flavors! I have got to try this!

  12. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Oh man, between Chipotle burrito bowls (with guac, always) and this yummy chicken salad, I could be pretty much set for life.

  13. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

    Mmmmm I love me some Chipotle! Totally jealous of your local restaurant! Guess I’ll just have to settle for making my own delicious salad 🙂

  14. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    I love Chipotle but I try not to eat out too often. This chicken salad sounds wonderful. I love the use of yogurt and these hawaiian touches. So light and perfect!

  15. Julie | This Gal Cooks

    Fast food is something I’m not too fond of! But I am totally agree with Chipotle. I LOVE the burrito bowls and always get one with veggies, brown rice, black beans, salsa and guac. OMG, now I want one! I also want this chicken salad, too. LOVE the pineapple in this, Ashley. 🙂

  16. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    YUM-O! I love chicken salad and I always make it with yogurt too. Because mayonnaise kind of creeps me out. Love the tropical spin here!!

  17. Jen and Emily @ Layers of Happiness

    Oh man… you are a life saver… right now we are in the midst of ANOTHER snow storm and all I want is to be on the sunny beaches of Hawaii, but thanks to you this will totally teleport me there for a while. 🙂

  18. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    In love with chicken salad. I just had turkey salad a couple days ago. Would love to try this twist!

  19. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    I can never turn down Chipotle either! This chicken salad is beautiful, love all the flavors! Pinned!

  20. Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron

    This salad looks wonderful! I am totally having some winter blues right now, I am just ready for some warmer weather already! This salad looks like the perfect way to get out of that slump.

  21. Brad

    This recipe tastes awesome. I especially love it with crackers.

  22. All that's Jas

    YUM! Drooling over this salad… will have to make it ASAP. Pinning! Thanks for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things. Can’t wait to see what you’ll share next week!

  23. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    Love this fun twist on the traditional chicken salad! So glad you shared it with us at #FoodieFriDIY! Sending a little foodie love your way!

  24. Lou Lou Girls

    Hello cute lady! I’m just stopping by to let you know that Jessica has chosen your Hawaiian salad as her favorite and we will be featuring it at our party tonight at 7. Woo Hoo! Thanks for being a part of our party! Lou Lou Girls

  25. Lindsay Eidahl

    this looks so good! I love chicken salad! Thank you for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

  26. Diane Williams

    Love this chicken spread recipe! It looks delish! Thanks for linking up at #PureBloglove link Party! The party begins again Thursday night at 8 p.m. EST. i’m hosting at i’d love to see more of your ideas!

  27. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    Wow! This sounds and looks amazing, Ashley! 🙂 Love the addition of the macadamia nuts! I always need a little extra crunch in my chicken salad.

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  31. Alexandra

    It look delicious, I will try this one for sure!

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