Hawaiian Haystacks is definitely a family favorite at our house. Everyone can personalize it to their tastes!
I think this dish is pretty much a staple for a lot of families. Some of you may call it Mexican Haystack or just Haystacks. I’ve heard it called all kinds of things.
I think this recipe came from one of the very first cookbooks I got when I was married – Make a Mix.
Whenever my daughter, Cali got to pick what we had for dinner her choice was always Hawaiian Haystacks. When she went gluten and dairy free the thing she missed most was Hawaiian Haystack until I came up with a gluten free/dairy free cream of chicken soup and she could once again enjoy it!
This dinner is quick and easy to prepare and it is a great one when you are feeding a crowd too. It can be made ahead of time and kept warm in a crock pot. The other reason it is great for a crowd is because people can personalize it to their tastes – depending on what toppings they add.
Hawaiian Haystack is a fun dinner – a “build your own” kind of meal. We just serve the meat sauce over rice and then everyone adds whatever toppings they like. I love to make my rice in my rice cooker because it turns out perfect every time!
Some of our favorites are pineapple tidbits, chow mein noodles, peanuts, green onions and lots of cheese. The sky is the limit as far as what you can add to it!
When my sons were college they made it all the time too!
The first trick I taught Cali was a quick and easy way to cook the chicken that goes into the Haystack. It is done in the slow cooker and the chicken stays nice and moist and doesn’t dry out as chicken will do. You can check out the post on how to cook chicken in the slow cooker here.
After your chicken is shredded add the chicken to two cans of cream of chicken soup (for 2-3 breasts) and then add enough chicken broth to make it the consistency you want. We don’t like it too runny!
Serve your chicken over the rice, add toppings and you are good to go! Doesn’t get any easier then that!! Enjoy!
Kids love this and so do adults. The best part is they can personalize it to their own tastes! Add the toppings they love and leave off the others.
The recipe was originally posted in May, 2009.
- 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1 C chicken broth
- 2 C chopped, cooked chicken
- Cooked rice
- green onion
- chow mein noodles
- black olives
- dried cranberries
- Add chicken to cream of chicken soup
- Add chicken broth until desired consistency
- Serve over rice
- Top with desired toppings