A pile of fluffy rice stacked with chicken, gravy, and all your favorite toppings! Totally customizable, and great for feeding a crowd!
This is the ultimate weeknight dinner go-to. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s customizable! Plus, you can’t go wrong with chicken and rice meals. We also love Cheesy Chicken and Rice, or Chicken and Rice Soup for a satisfying weeknight meal.
Not actually hawaiian…
Funny enough, this recipe didn’t actually originate from Hawaii. But it adopted the name since it has a few “Hawaiian” inspired ingredients like coconut and pineapple.
The “haystack” part of the name is because you pile all those toppings onto the chicken and rice, and it kind of looks like a haystack.
This dinner recipe has come in hand, especially when I’m in a weeknight pinch and need something quick, easy, and that will satisfy even my picky eaters! I’m sure we could all use another easy dinner recipe to add to the meal rotation and these haystacks are perfect.
I love that Hawaiian Haystacks can be made to serve mass quantities for parties or church functions! Rice isn’t hard to make a lot of, the chicken and gravy is simple, and the toppings are easy as well!
Plus people get to pick and choose what toppings they want on it, so it’s basically impossible for them not to like it. 😉
How to Make Hawaiian Haystacks
The part of this recipe that takes the most effort is making the gravy, and let me tell you now… It’s not even hard. You can easily make it in the crockpot, or a saucepan. Even in the crockpot, it doesn’t take long.
Crock Pot. Combine broth, soup and sour cream into your crock pot and stir to combine. Add chicken chunks (I use this baked chicken or leftover rotisserie), salt and pepper, and stir. Cover and cook on high for 1-2 hours or on low for 3-4 hours.
Saucepan. In a large saucepan, combine the soup and broth. Add sour cream, chicken, salt and pepper, and heat over medium heat stirring occasionally. Once it’s heated through (10 minutes or so), it’s ready to be served over the rice!
Other topping ideas
In addition to the classic chicken and gravy, pineapple, tomatoes, olives, green onions, and cheese, you could also try:
- Crunchy chinese noodles
- Fried wontons
- Seasoning salt
- Sour cream
For more great chicken recipes, check out:
Hawaiian Haystacks Recipe
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
- 1 (10.5-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2-3 chicken breasts cooked and cubed
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 3-4 cups steamed white rice or minute rice made according to the package instructions
- slivered almonds, shredded cheese, green onions, pineapple tidbits, chow mein noodles, chopped celery, Homemade Wonton Strips
- Combine broth, soup and sour cream in a slow cooker and stir to mix.
- Add chicken cubes, salt and pepper and stir. Cover and cook on high for 1-2 hours or on low for 3-4 hours.
- Serve chicken and gravy over rice. Top with slivered almonds, shredded cheese, green onions, pineapple, fried wonton strips and any other garnishes desired.