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Hawaiian Chicken Salad – for Sandwiches and Lettuce Wraps!

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This delicious Hawaiian Chicken Salad Sandwich with pineapple and honey ham is made in 5 minutes using only 6 ingredients and will be a family favorite in no time! From http://www/www.babaganosh.org

Want an amazing chicken salad recipe for easy meals and snacks? Try this Hawaiian Chicken Salad with pineapple and ham in a sandwich or in lettuce wraps!

This tasty chicken salad recipe is a must for busy school days when you need a quick lunch or snack for the kids.

chicken salad with pineapples in a sandwich

One of my favorite super easy lunch ideas is making chicken salad with leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or canned chicken. Chicken salad takes about 5 minutes to prep and is great for sandwiches, wraps, lettuce wraps, and for dipping crackers.

It just doesn’t get easier!

This Hawaiian chicken salad with pineapple is an even more delicious version of chicken salad and I hope you get to try it!

hawaiian chicken salad lettuce wraps

Hawaiian chicken salad ingredients

This chicken salad has just FIVE ingredients, so it almost doesn’t get any easier. (Actually, it does, check out my 3-ingredient chicken salad recipe for something even easier and still super flavorful.)

bowl of ingredients for chicken salad: pineapple, ham, scallions, mayo, diced chicken

Pineapple and ham

This version is a Hawaiian inspired chicken salad, made with diced ham and diced pineapple mixed in with the chicken salad. The diced ham adds a bit of savory flavor and saltiness to the salad, especially if you can find smoked ham.

The pineapple adds a nice sweetness to the chicken salad dressing and a lovely burst of juiciness in this salad. This is a similar idea to adding grapes to chicken salad, which is a common ingredient. So don’t let the pineapple weird you out! Give it a try!

You can use fresh pineapple, but canned pineapple works fine too. If you’re using canned pineapple, make sure it’s the kind packed in water or 100% juice, you don’t want the one packed in syrup. Make sure to get pineapple rings or pineapple chunks, not the crushed pineapple, if using canned pineapple.

Whatever kind of pineapple you use, make sure you dice it up small, about the size of your diced ham so you don’t get huge chunks of pineapple in the salad.

What kind of chicken to use for chicken salad

The great thing about chicken salad is that you can use almost any kind of chicken you want:

  • Rotisserie chicken – use the chicken breast and add a bit of dark meat and shred or chop it up 
  • Leftover cooked chicken – shred it with a fork or dice it into small cubes
  • Canned chicken – drain it well, and use it for this salad

The other ingredients for this salad are simply diced scallions and mayo. You can add some salt and pepper, or lemon juice if you want, or you can swap half the mayo for plain Greek yogurt.

hawaiian chicken salad in a bowl

Other chicken salad add-ins

If you want to switch things up more, you can add any of the following to this salad:

  • Finely diced celery
  • Finely diced bell peppers, or jalapenos for some kick
  • Fresh or dried herbs, such as parsley, oregano, or basil
  • Freshly grated Parmesan
  • Grated sharp cheddar or Gouda
  • Splash of hot sauce (check out my crunchy spicy chicken salad!)
  • Toasted slivered almonds
  • Sliced grapes
  • Dried cranberries
  • Paprika or smoked paprika

toddler lunch of chicken salad with pineapples

How to serve this chicken salad

The reason I love an easy chicken salad as a meal is that it’s super customizeable for everyone in the family.

My toddler son dips crackers into his chicken salad and has a side of pineapple for lunch. 

My husband has his as a sandwich.

I put mine in lettuce wraps, or in a wrap. Or sometimes I convince my husband to go halfsies on the sandwich and lettuce wraps, so that we both get a nice balanced filling meal. 🙂

Either way, this chicken salad with pineapple makes for a super easy meal or snack that our whole family loves. It’s also great packed for picnics with crackers, or as a packed lunch because it doesn’t need to be reheated (just pack the chicken salad separate from the bread or wraps to keep the bread from getting soggy).

cracker dipping into hawaiian chicken salad with pineapple

If you end up making this Hawaiian chicken salad with pineapple, please take a picture and tag me on Instagram or Facebook. You can find me at @babaganoshblog on both. I love seeing your creations!

Looking for other easy filling salad ideas and picnic salads?

If you enjoyed this recipe, let me know with a comment and a star rating below. And don’t forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

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hawaiian chicken salad with pineapple sandwich
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4.78 from 9 votes

Hawaiian Chicken Salad

This chicken salad with pineapple and ham has so much flavor with just 5 ingredients, and makes a great snack, lunch, or picnic food!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 large sandwiches
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups cooked chicken shredded or chopped (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup diced or chopped ham (smoked ham, if you can find it)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks diced (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or more to taste
  • 1 scallion diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste (start with up to 1/4 tsp each)
  • Bread, wraps, crackers, or lettuce for serving, and see notes for other optional add-ins for the chicken salad

Instructions

  • Combine the chicken, pineapple, ham, mayonnaise, and chopped scallion in a large bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve in a sandwich, in lettuce wraps, in a wrap, or with crackers.

Notes

Ingredient notes:

  • Chicken: you can use rotisserie chicken, leftover cooked chicken, or drained cooked chicken
  • If you use canned pineapple, make sure it's packed in water or pineapple juice (not syrup), and that it's not crushed pineapple

Other add-ins:

  • Finely diced celery
  • Finely diced bell peppers, or jalapenos for some kick
  • Fresh or dried herbs, such as parsley, oregano, or basil
  • Freshly grated Parmesan
  • Grated sharp cheddar or Gouda
  • Splash of hot sauce (check out my crunchy spicy chicken salad!)
  • Toasted slivered almonds
  • Sliced grapes
  • Dried cranberries
  • Lemon juice or lime juice (a splash - up to a tablespoon)
  • Paprika or smoked paprika

The nutrition facts estimated are for the chicken salad only, assuming this makes 2 large portions.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 377 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 506mg21%
Potassium 395mg11%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 132IU3%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.

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Friday 18th of December 2020

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Kells

Monday 5th of October 2020

This was so easy to make and double! I will definitely enjoy this for lunch this week. 😊

Kate

Monday 5th of October 2020

So glad to hear!! It's a go-to recipe around here when I don't feel like cooking.

Ricki McMillin

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

Kate

Thursday 6th of August 2020

So glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know :)

Ilikea Kaua Avilez

Friday 31st of July 2020

While I have no opposition to this recipe in principle, it's very sad to see people perpetuating this ridiculous stereotype that putting ham and pineapple to a recipe makes it Hawaiian. As a born and bred Hawaiian, if I saw someone back home serving this, my first thought would be a disparaging remark about haole cooking. I myself detest pineapple and while Hawaiians do eat pig, we certainly did not make ham.

Kate

Saturday 1st of August 2020

That's fair, thanks for letting me know. I thought about this before naming the recipe and decided to go with it because it was a quick way to let people know that it contains pineapple and ham... kind of like Hawaiian Pizza, which was actually named that "after the brand of canned pineapple they used" (source from Wikipedia: MAHITA GAJANAN (June 11, 2017). "The Man Who Invented Hawaiian Pizza Has Died". Time.)

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Sunday 22nd of December 2019

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