Hawaiian Haystacks

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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.

Easy Hawaiian Haystacks recipe on plate

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.

I remember having Hawaiian Haystacks for the first time when I was a 14 year old at Girls Camp. I’m a huge fan of chicken and rice (who isn’t?), so I immediately fell in love. I really liked that everyone could pick and choose their toppings and pile them on however they pleased!

Fast forward LOTS of years, and I make these Hawaiian Haystacks frequently—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. Pour soup and chicken broth into your crock pot and stir to combine. Add sour cream, chicken chunks (I use this baked chicken or leftover rotisserie), and stir. Let sit in crockpot for 30 minutes.

Saucepan. In a large saucepan, combine the soup and broth. Add sour cream and chicken, 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
  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Seasoning salt
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream

Hawaiian Haystacks recipe on plate

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Hawaiian Haystacks Recipe

5 from 1 vote

A pile of fluffy rice stacked with chicken, gravy, and all your favorite toppings! Totally customizable, and great for feeding a crowd!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 410 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 2-3 chicken breasts cooked and chunked
  • 1 can cream of chicken
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • pepper to taste
  • 3-4 cups steamed rice
  • Garnishes; Tomatoes, Olives, Slivered almonds, Green Onion, Pineapple tid bits, Cheese, etc.


  1. Make the gravy by combining soup and broth in a crock pot.

  2. Add sour cream and cooked chicken chunks, stir. Let set in crock pot for 30 minutes

  3. Serve over rice. Topped with your choice of garnish.


Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I am so glad you posted this! I’ve been wanting to make Hawaiin Haystacks for days and just haven’t looked up the recipe, so it was a great surprise to find the blog post in my e-mail inbox! Thanks!

  2. I have never had this dish before but it looks very delicious and easy to make. I will have to give this a try. 🙂

  3. Looks very tasty…but I’m extremely curious as to why it’s called “hawaiian” haystacks? Do you know?

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