Whenever I make this Hawaiian Haystacks recipe my kids literally cheer. I got the recipe from my husband’s mom, and it’s easy, I just have to make sure I have all the toppings on hand because the toppings are what makes it great. The “haystack” comes from the foundation of rice that holds up the meal…then the sauce…then the toppings.
The Pineapple and coconut slivers make it “Hawaiian” and the crunch from the chow mein noodles and celery are my fave! I don’t like onions, so I just add some onion powder. The recipe below is for a family of 4, I often double it and can usually stretch the meal for a second day. Some people may add tomatoes or olives as a topping, but we don’t.
- White sauce:
- 3-4 Chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- ¼ cup butter
- ¾ cup flour
- ½ tsp. salt
- 3 cup milk
- 1 can cream of chicken soup (or substitute homemade version)
- onion powder or minced onion
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup coconut slivers
- 1 cup almond slivers
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 1 cup chow mein noodles
- 1 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or from can)
- ½ cup soy sauce
- Served over:
- 1 cup cooked rice
- Start rice. Make white sauce with butter, flour, salt, and milk.
- Add soup and onion and cooked chicken.
- Chop celery
- shred cheese
- Serve rice, then sauce, then toppings as you please.
Have you had this meal before? What is your favorite topping, or do you add one I didn’t mention? If you haven’t had this meal, what topping do you think would be your fave? It’s a tie between the chow mein noodles, and the celery for me….my kids love the pineapple!
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