Sunday Night Dinner: Hawaiian Haystacks

A couple weeks ago, I posted about making a Chicken Alfredo Casserole and in that post, I mentioned a dish I make often that generates good leftovers called Hawaiian Haystacks. Someone asked about the Hawaiian Haystack, so here is a post about it.

First off, there is nothing Hawaiian about a Hawaiian Haystack. The Hawaiian is merely a reference to one of the ingredient- a pineapple. It is a western US dish that also goes by the name of Chicken Sundae.

Hawaiian Haystacks are an odd mix of ingredients, but oh-so-good. Additionally, I put them in the same category as “tacos” they are super flexible and are easily customized to fit your personal taste.

Here’s what you do:

– You cook up some chicken, however you’d like (last night, I baked mine with some seasoning); you can also buy a cooked chicken from the store

– Make a pot of rice, I use white rice, but you could use wild or brown to make it a tad more healthy

– Layout your spread of delicious toppings. Here is what I use: Craisins, olives, chow mein noodles, pineapple, green onions, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and slice almonds. However, there are loads of variations on this…I’ve seen celery, raisins, coconut, mandarin oranges, sauteed mushrooms, peas and bell peppers. Likewise, you can use any sort of cheese you’d like. The chow mein noodles and pineapples are sort of staples (as they are the “haystack” and the “Hawaiian” part of the equation). Jimmy prefers his without the “hay”, but extra “Hawaiian”…I like lots of “hay”.


– Now, it’s time to make the gravy. I use butter, flour, chicken broth and sour cream, but there are plenty of other variations out there….some use cream-of soups and milk for example. It’s sort of like the taco seasoning and salsa, if we were to continue that comparison. The chicken is shredded and added to the gravy/sauce.

I follow this recipe: Picky Palate. And I would suggest that for your first attempt, leaving out the ingredients you don’t like. After that, experiment!

– Next you assembly….take a bowl, add a couple heaps of rice,dump the chicken/gravy mixture on top to flavor the rice, add a bunch of toppings- each person can choose their own, like a taco, and enjoy!



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