Hawaiian Haystacks Recipe

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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.

Hawaiian Haystacks recipe has a rice base, white sauce, cheese, pineapples, coconut, chow mein noodles, celery, almonds, cheese, and soy sauce.  www.KristenDuke.com

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.

5 from 2 votes
Hawaiian Haystacks Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
The name Haystacks comes from the base of rice, but the pineapple and coconut slivers make it Hawaiian and the soy sauce/chow mein noodles are Asian inspired.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Asian, Hawaiian
Servings: 4
Author: Kristen Duke
  • White sauce:
  • 3-4 Chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cup milk
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup or substitute homemade version
  • onion powder or minced onion
  • Toppings:
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • Served over:
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  1. Start rice. Make white sauce with butter, flour, salt, and milk.
  2. Add soup and onion and cooked chicken.
  3. Chop celery
  4. shred cheese
  5. Serve rice, then sauce, then toppings as you please.

Hawaiian Haystack toppings, Hawaiian Haystacks recipe has a rice base, white sauce, cheese, pineapples, coconut, chow mein noodles, celery, almonds, cheese, and soy sauce.  www.KristenDuke.com


Hawaiian Haystacks recipe has a rice base, white sauce, cheese, pineapples, coconut, chow mein noodles, celery, almonds, cheese, and soy sauce.  www.KristenDuke.com

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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  1. Marsha says:

    I love Hawaiian Haystacks. We also add peas, black olives and mandarin oranges to our menu of toppings. Thanks for the reminder…..think I’ll make these tonight. marshasayer.blogspot.com

    • Kristen Duke says:

      oh yes, mandarin oranges, I think that would make it even more “hawaiian!”

  2. Cassie says:

    A fun, easy, and yummy meal that the whole family loves. As a matter of fact, we love them so much I’ve worked out a version for ‘Japanese Haystacks’ & ‘Mexican Haystacks’. My fav topping…..pineapple!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      oh fun, I’d love to see those recipes! Do you have a blog or can you email them to me, pretty please?

  3. Christine says:

    My hubby doesn’t like the cream of chicken version so we do grilled chicken and then add Kraft’s Asian Toasted Sesame dressing.

  4. These look awesome! I’ve never had them before and can’t wait to try this sometime soon! How fun!

  5. Michelle says:

    We also make sweet and sour sauce using the juice from the canned pineapple. It makes a great meal an extraordinary one!

  6. Ginger says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this out! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  7. Oh, I haven’t had this in like forever! I had forgotten how good this meal is! And aren’t those little dipping bowls from Michaels the best? I have been using mine a lot too!!!

  8. I’ve have never made these and they look so fun! Love it!

  9. SJ says:

    Looks like exactly the sort of meal that kids would love

  10. We had these yesterday. We put salsa on ours but no soy sauce.

  11. Sandy says:

    Good morning.

    I have never tried this, but heard it is wonderful. A friend and me are making this for our “Harvest Dinner” at church. I am thinking about baking a turkey and using turkey meat. I was also told, using turkey or chicken gravy is great. Would love to hear more ideas.
    I will be decorating each table with mini haystacks, and make it look very fallish looking.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I love the mini haystack idea! I’m so sorry I’m late to reply, I don’t always catch comments!! How did your harvest dinner go?

  12. Jennifer Duke says:

    I typed in “Hawaiian Haystacks” onto Google, and your website popped up! Yay–you’re recipes must be the best! I’m really happy to have this recipe now.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Ok, just saw this!! I love it! You know, I got the base of this recipe from our dear ole’ mother in law!

  13. Mandy Carmack says:

    I love that I googled “Hawaiin haystacks” and got your blog, Kristen! We also like bell peppers, sunflower seeds, and cashews or peanuts instead of almonds.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      That’s so funny, I love it!!! I definitely need to add bell peppers!!


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