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Homemade Hawaiian Haystacks

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Has everyone heard of Hawaiian Haystacks?!  I had a friend over for dinner last week and she had never heard of or had Hawaiian Haystacks!  I couldn’t believe it.  We had this dinner all the time in Arizona, lol!  Maybe it’s just an Arizona thing.

If you haven’t had this kind of dinner before you are in for a treat.  It’s basically rice layered with a creamy chicken soup like gravy and topped with all kinds of fun toppings as you can see.  It’s great to serve when you’ve got a lot of people over so everyone can make their own style.

Have fun!!

You can pretty much use whatever veggies you like with chicken.  We love these baby heirlooms!

Green onions 🙂

These dried cranberries are really good as a topping.

Mmmmm almonds!

Crispy Chow Mein noodles.  Adds the perfect crunch!

Some pineapple and sliced black olives.

Lots of cheese please 🙂

Alright, here we go, let’s start adding to this!

Add your chicken gravy and some green onions.

Some cranberries and olives.

Pineapple chunks and tomatoes!

LOVE these crispy noodles!

Don’t forget the cheese…..then grab your fork and go to town!


Homemade Hawaiian Haystacks

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

32 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth

2 teaspoons of dry Ranch Dressing seasoning packet

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast

Steamed rice, enough for your family


Chow Mein Crispy Noodles

sliced green onions

black olives





shredded cheese

1. Place butter into a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring to melt. Slowly whisk in flour, salt and pepper until smooth and thick, for 1-2 minutes. Slowly whisk in chicken broth until smooth. Increase heat to high whisking until thick, about 2 minutes. Add sour cream, Ranch seasoning, garlic salt, and cooked chicken breast. Stir and season accordingly. You may prefer additional, salt, pepper and garlic salt. I transferred this to my crock pot and kept it on low all day until dinner. You can either serve it immediately or crock pot it until you are ready.

2. Place rice on serving plates and top with chicken gravy. Have toppings at the table and top with whatever you like! Have fun!

Makes 4 servings

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  1. 51
    Barbara says:

    I’ve never been big fan of Haystacks because of the cream of chicken soup. Your homemade version with all the great toppings sounds like a must try.

  2. 52
    Summer says:

    I would love to know what cheese grater you are using to get your cheese so picture perfect curly.

  3. 53

    In all honesty its really a Mormon dish kinda became popular in Utah then branched out to other Mormon populated states such as AZ, and CA. We had this all growing up and was my favorite only if the gravy was homemade and NOT canned (YUCK)

  4. 54
    Hannah says:

    I have had these before but they were called Polynesian Volcanoes.

  5. 55
    Nicholya says:

    If you like the sweet and salty mixture, hawaiian haystacks taste FANTASTIC with a little bit of sweetened flake coconut on top. Hawaiian haystacks are probably one of my all time favorite dinners. I’m so glad you are sharing this recipe with all of us!

  6. 56
    hHeather says:

    I live in AZ and have had these ton and tons of times. They are so good. For us in this small town I think it is an lds thing.

  7. 57
    lisa clawson says:

    Love these! I thought it was a Utah Mormon thing, but it sounds like it went a little farther south as well:)

  8. 58

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  9. 59
    Paulemay says:

    My daughter loves Hawaiian Haystacks. They are on the elementary school lunch menu here in Utah. I’m going to try your recipe because I am so tied of the taste of crem of chicken soup.

  10. 60

    This is the first that I have heard of Hawaiian Haystacks but they sound good!

  11. 61
    Maureen says:

    Coconut is a must when we are these. They are a family favorite at our house.

  12. 62
    Desiree says:

    Oh my! This looks delicious! I am featuring your dish on my blog today. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  13. 63
    Trina says:

    Your pictures are beautiful. Thank you for the gravy recipe, and the crock pot idea. My family loves coconut, so we always have it as part of this meal.

  14. 64
    Sally says:

    What an odd combination of foods lol.

  15. 65
    Mary says:

    I am from Arizona and we make this all the time! Super easy and Super good!! 🙂

  16. 66
    EmilyR says:

    Huge hit! I didn’t have crunchy noodles or green onions, but I did have those french-fried onions usually reserved for green bean casserole. Scrumptious. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. 67
    Kylee Duff says:

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Love making the gravy homemade instead of the canned cream of chicken! Just wondering, have you ever froze the gravy, I never know when stuff will freeze well or not. Just wondered if it was a ‘freeze well’ food or not.

  18. 68
    Anne says:

    I love the name! We always called it “Snow on the Mountain” when I was growing up. My mom had it as a child & she shared it with all of us. Such a fun recipe that everyone can enjoy…the toppings make it delicious for any taste-buds.

  19. 69
    Courtney says:

    I first had haystacks in college, but they were just slathered in cream of soup…bleh. Your sauce, however, is AMAZING! Love that you add sour cream and ranch seasoning, it just makes it so flavorful. This is how Hawaiian Haystacks should be made!

  20. 70
    Colleen Shurtz says:

    They are also called Chinese Sundaes (hence the reason for chow mein noodles). Some recipes add coconut and pineapple which may be why it got tagged as Hawaiian…. I personally love green peppers on mine.

  21. 71

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  23. 73
    Janet says:

    I’m a little late posting on this, but my family also has Haystacks all the time! We also do corn, cucumbers, green peppers, avocados, and onions. For our sauce, we use chicken broth, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and chicken gravy mix. This sauce recipe sounds delish, too, so I’m going to be trying it next time! Thanks for the recipe!! And, I’ve never thought of using the cranberries, but that’s an amazing idea! Definitely going on my next plate of Hawaiian Haystacks!!!

  24. 74
    Sue says:

    We had it all the time in Phoenix, but we added shredded chicken.

  25. 75
    Taasio says:

    I tried this recipe today and everybody loved it! It’s such a fun meal to make for a crowd. And so much better than using cream of whatever.

    Here’s some things I will change next time: use less flour. I had to add some water because it was too flour-y. And I will also skip the salt/pepper/garlic salt. The ranch seasoning alone gives the dish enough saltiness and flavor (and I like my food salty!) I added half cube of chicken buillion for some extra flavor.

    This is deffinately a keeper recipe!! Thanks so much for posting it.

  26. 76

    I’m convinced that these are a Western Mormon tradition… I’m Mormon but grew up in Indiana. I never had a Hawaiian Haystack until a RS activity at BYU! But people LOVE them out here. I’ve never made them because I hate cream-of’s so now I have no excuse and I live in UT now too, so it’s time I correctly indoctrinate my kids too right?! LOL. If you aren’t Mormon then you surely grew up in a predominantly LDS area in AZ…

  27. 77
    Sherry says:

    My family loves this! I always just made it with cream of chicken soup, but this is SO much better! Thanks for the great recipe

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  30. 80

    hmm! I’ve never heard of it. Maybe because Indiana is more east. Looks yummy!

  31. 81
    Ashley says:

    I just ordered your cookbook. And headed to the superstore tonight to get post-it flags so I’m prepared for it’s arrival! 😉 just one question, do you think this would taste good w/ a plain marinara sauce instead of the gravy? If not marinara can you suggest another sauce. My hubby is extremely picky & doesn’t like gravy (weird I know) haha.

    • 81.1
      Jenny says:

      I think it would be great with marinara sauce too!

      • 81.1.1
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        Thanks! Just spent the afternoon “flagging” your cookbook & realized I was flagging pretty much I cam tell this may be my most used favorite cookbook soon. Now I’m ready for your next one! 🙂

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    lynne says:

    Why does everyone forget the coconut? Afterall, they are called ” Hawaiian” haystack.

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  37. 87
    Liz says:

    I made this tonight as I was intrigued (hadn’t heard of them before). I didn’t really care for the combination of flavors….I actually wondered if this was an April Fools joke as it was published on 4/1. I googled and found many similar recipes not published on 4/1 ;). My east coast taste buds just don’t know what to think of this dish. Loved the images, though!

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  40. 90
    Danna says:

    We eat Hawaiian haystacks twice a month or so and have always used cream of chicken for the gravy. We tried this recipe last time we made it and will never go back! Love, love, love your gravy recipe! Thank you times a million!

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  42. 92

    One of my faves, never had it with dried cranberries and I love them! Will have to try it asap!

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  44. 94
    Cami says:

    I made this for my family and they LOVED IT! Thank you so much for sharing, this was so delicious and I will never go back to making it with Cream of ??? Ha!

  45. 95
    Lisa says:

    We make the “Mexican” version…There is also an Israeli version, Egyptian, Greek…Well, you get the picture! I love that you can customize this dish per your family and taste preferences. Then there’s always the good ‘ol “kitchen sink” version ; )

  46. 96
    Beverly Bostock says:

    I have never used dried cranberries in this recipe. Sounds like a fun addition!!

  47. 97
    Maureen says:

    I love this recipe! It’s our family favourite. I do have one family member who is gluten free. Would you recommend using a cornstarch slurry to thicken or gluten free flour?

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