Quick Easy Hawaiian Haystacks are filled with fluffy rice and creamy chicken gravy, then topped with all your favorite things for the ultimate comfort food dinner!
Quick Easy Hawaiian Haystacks have become a new family favorite here. I didn’t find out about this tasty dish until just recently though, so I’m super bummed I’ve missed out on it for so many years.
Last month I went to our girl’s youth church camp (I am one of the leaders), and for dinner one night we had these Hawaiian Haystacks. I didn’t know what they were, and everyone there apparently thought I was living under a rock because this dish is old hat to them.
I watched as one of my friends quickly pulled together the chicken gravy, added in a package of shredded rotisserie chicken from Costco (genius time saver), then heated up a big batch of minute rice.
Meanwhile all the girls were prepping the toppings in separate bowls. It looked like the toppings you would see at a salad bar! I was very intrigued.
The chicken gravy smelled absolutely delicious, so I knew I was going to love this.
Quick Easy Hawaiian Haystacks
The chicken gravy is poured on top of a bed of hot rice, then it’s your turn to make the haystack your own.
Of course since these are called “Hawaiian” there has to be pineapple. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of pineapple in savory foods, but I put aside my differences and gave it a try.
I stacked my toppings as I high as I could… just like I do at any salad bar… it’s all about the toppings, right?!
I dug in and… WOW! You guys! I’ve been missing out my whole life!
I knew instantly that I wanted to come home, make it fifty more times, and of course share it with you. (Just in case you haven’t seen these before either)
Trust me, you’re going to LOVE these haystacks. They’re so quick and so easy, plus out of this world delicious!
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Quick and Easy Hawaiian Haystacks
- 2 10.5oz cans Cream of Chicken Soup with Herbs*
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
- 6 cups prepared hot rice
For the Toppings:
- shredded cheese
- pineapple tidbits
- sliced black olives
- diced tomatoes
- diced green onions
- frozen green peas, thawed
- crunchy chow mein noodles, found in the asian isle
- shredded carrots
- In a large skillet whisk together the cream of chicken soups, sour cream and milk over medium heat, until heated through and smooth. Add in the chicken and cook until warmed.
- Serve the chicken gravy over the hot rice, and top with any of the suggested toppings you would like! Enjoy!
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This is so delicious! The pineapple is amazing!! Love this so much!!!
I top with lettuce, cucumber, celery, olives, tomatoes, carrots, pineapple, cheese, diced chicken, sunflower seeds, coy mein noodles, and I just whisk a can of cream soup into a chicken gravy.
Easy & tasty. My chow mein noodles from the cupboard were rancid so I substituted sliced almonds – it worked great! I really liked how simple this recipe laid all the steps out. Thanks!
I hate when those noodles go rancid. I think sliced almonds sound great on top! Thanks for the tip!
How many servings is this recipe for?
Thanks for this recipe, I have made Hawaiian Haystacks, but had forgotten how to do the chicken. Now I have a good recipe for the chicken.
I use this recipie all the time now! Thanks so much for posting this! We love it! ❤️
I made this recipe and it was sooooo delicious and easy to make. Love it!! I used to use just cream of chicken but this recipe is much better. My whole family loved it. Thanks for a fantastic recipe!
I’m just a teenager and I made it for my family and they loved it.
That’s awesome Zoe! Way to go! I’m so glad you all enjoyed it!
Great recipe! It makes great leftovers too
I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe Becca!
This conversation over the name of a recipe is ridiculous, it is only a name on a recipe. It has nothing to do with heritage, or why Hawaii no longer has a pineapple cannery. It is just a suggestion for someone to cook and try something new. We think we have to be so political correct. (HOGWASH) I have not tried this recipe yet, but I plan to do so, it sounds very interesting. Thank you Shawn for the recipe.
Thanks Maratha! I hope you enjoy the recipe!
When I was growing up in the 60’s my mom called it Chinese Sundaes. A favorite for sure.
Use rice noodles instead of chow mien noodles!
Great idea! Thanks Joseph!
No. I don’t think anyone from Hawaii would eat this. In fact the people of Hawaii are insulted that this dish has the name Hawaii. I have never heard about this dish until I saw it on one of the Hawaiian blogs with many people leaving negative, and I mean angry comments. People from Hawaii wish that everyone would stop calling or referring to a dish “Hawaiian” just because it has pineapple. By the way, the pineapple industry closed many years ago and they built the Dole Cannery on Oahu to remember when pineapple was a commodity. This is an insult to the Hawaiian culture.
Sorry you feel that way Gladys. Regardless of what the name is, this recipe is a quick and easy one, and it’s really delicious… and that’s what really matters here. 😉
Aleka Ka'aumanu Mafi
We’ve used this same recipe a million times; Rice with different types of gravies and meat with toppings, its called LOCO MOCO. Hawaiian Hay Sack is what we use on my plantation to sack all the coffee beans/ macadamia nuts. This should be renamed ” don’t have a clue what to cook tonight” because that’s what it truly is. Or just remove the Hawaiian from it because it has nothing to do with Hawaii and everything to do with not planning ahead for dinner. duh. or just call it Utah Hay stacks…. since it originated from there. I don’t care if it tastes good its an abomination to MY culture. I wouldn’t expect you to understand since you don’t know yours. Disgrace to my “Hawaiian” culture. Just give it the real name it deserves… Utah Hay stack, or “I don’t have a clue what to cook tonight” From a Hawaiian girl.
Hi Aleka, I am sorry for your frustration over the name of this recipe. I’m not going to rename it. Just like, I’m sure, Dominos will not rename the Hawaiian Pizza for you. Please keep in mind that it’s just a name. There is nothing negative or derogatory to your culture here. I love Hawaii and I can’t wait to visit again. And sorry for your comments being filtered, when you aggressively make comments my spam filter picks it up and makes me approve them first.
You are ridiculous!! Call it whatever you want. Nonsense to start throwing stones over a silly recipe.
Oh, and shredded coconut.
Shawn, this version founds good. We make an Indonesian version of this with a clear broth. Peanuts, cheese, green onions, pineapple, crunchy chow mein noodles and some other things. I’m not at home to look at my recipe so trying to remember off the top of my head.
Sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing Carol!
We have also called these “Chinese Sundaes” and I’m sure the Chinese would be equally insulted! Hahahahaha!
Amazing. I’m trying to make it
This is one of our favorite quick dinners. We like those toppings, but tend to lean more towards fruits. Our favorites are strawberries, mandarin oranges, apples, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, & sugared nuts.
Ooooh! I definitely need to give that a try!
The fruits sound good.
I’ve heard of (and eaten many times) standard haystacks, but this is new to me. I’ll have to surprise my own church group with this sometime.