Hawaiian Chicken Haystacks Recipe

Chicken Haystacks Recipe

Raise your hand if you have heard of Hawaiian Haystacks. Anybody? Well, I bet a few of you have. It is more of a retro dinner and I need you to have an open mind going in to this, the recipe is a little quirky.

You start with the basics of chicken in a sauce over hot rice. Then you add your toppings. They range from run of the mill things like olives, tomatoes, shredded cheddar and bell peppers, all the way to the unexpected items like caramelized pineapple bits, cherries and coconut.

Before I totally lose you, no you aren’t putting ALL of those ingredients over the same plate of chicken, sauce and rice. Rather, you pick and choose a few of them that sound the best to you.

Notes: A classic and very retro suggestion is to use the following toppings over the chicken and rice: Coconut, pineapple, and maraschino cherries. This happens to be my favorite way to eat this dish. It sounds crazy, I know, but it is so good!

A more savory suggestion is to use the following toppings over the chicken and rice: cheddar, olives, bell peppers, pineapple, bugles chips or chow mein noodles and tomatoes. I thought this was good too.

Have I convinced you to give it a try? If you are a lover of trying out retro dishes you should give it a go. If you have tried this before please be sure to leave a comment letting us know what your favorite toppings for this are. I can always use new ideas for how to top this.

Hawaiian Chicken Haystacks Two Ways

Yield: about 4 servings

Ingredients:

2 cans of cream of chicken
1 can of milk or so
2 cups of cooked chicken breasts, diced
Rice, cooked, seasoned with a little butter and salt

Toppings savory: diced tomatoes, chow mein noodles, bugles chips, sliced black olives, diced celery, shredded cheddar, sliced almonds, diced mushrooms, diced green bell peppers

Toppings sweet: pineapple tidbits*, coconut, maraschino cherries, mandarin oranges

Directions:

*I went all out and I sauteed the pineapple with a tiny bit of butter and a fat pinch of brown sugar until it was getting a bit caramelized. It gave it a deeper flavor and it tasted great.

1. In a large saucepan, heat cream of chicken and one can of milk over medium-high heat until warmed through and cream of chicken is dissolved. Serve over hot prepared rice. Top with desired toppings.

Notes: A classic and very retro suggestion is to use the following toppings over the chicken and rice: Coconut, pineapple, and maraschino cherries. This happens to be my favorite way to eat this dish. It sounds crazy, I know, but it is so good!

A more savory suggestion is to use the following toppings over the chicken and rice: cheddar, olives, bell peppers, bugles chips or chow mein noodles and tomatoes. I thought this was good too.