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Transport your taste buds to a tropical paradise with Hawaiian Haystacks! This delicious dish combines juicy chicken, vibrant fruit, and crunchy toppings for a meal that’s as delicious as it is colorful.

Hawaiian haystacks are a versatile delicacy that combines the best of sweet, savory, and crunchy textures. This dish is perfect for weeknight dinners or gatherings with friends, where everyone can customize their plate to their liking. Creamy chicken gravy pairs perfectly with fresh pineapple and orange, while fried noodles and coconut flakes add a satisfying crunch. Whether you’re looking to introduce a new flavor to your family or want to impress your guests, Hawaiian Haystacks are for you!

The Origin of Haystacks in Hawaii

Although the name may indicate otherwise, Hawaiian haystacks actually originated in the United States in the mid-20th century. The dish has quickly become popular because it is easy to prepare and can be adapted to a variety of tastes and dietary needs. Despite its mainland origins, Hawaiian Haystack captures the essence of the island through its combination of vibrant ingredients and tropical flair.

frequently asked questions

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, you can substitute brown rice for white rice, just keep in mind that the cooking time may be longer.

What if I don’t have chow mein?

You can use crushed tortilla chips, crispy fried onions, or even sliced ​​almonds for added texture.

Can I make Hawaiian haystacks vegan?

Absolutely! For best results, replace the chicken with tempeh or your favorite plant-based chicken substitute and add vegetable stock to the gravy.

Can I make this gluten free?

For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free flour in the gravy and choose gluten-free noodles or other gluten-free crispy toppings.

service suggestion

Serve the Hawaiian Haystack with a fresh green salad, steamed greens, or a fruit salad to round out the meal. For a fun dining experience, consider setting up a do-it-yourself topping bar and letting your guests build their own haystacks! Don’t hesitate to add extra toppings, such as diced avocado or sliced ​​olives, according to your personal taste.

An overhead view of the Hawaiian. Haystacks in a bowl.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftovers separately in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To keep it fresh, keep the toppings and creamy chicken gravy separate from the rice. To reheat, microwave the rice and chicken gravy separately and recombine with desired toppings.

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Close up view of haystacks in Hawaii.

Transport your taste buds to a tropical paradise with Hawaiian Haystacks! This delicious dish combines juicy chicken, vibrant fruit, and crunchy toppings for a meal that’s as delicious as it is colorful.

Preparation time 20 minute

cooking time 25 minute

total time 45 minute

raw material

  • 4 cup white rice Cooked
  • 2 cup Pineapple diced
  • 2 cup cheddar cheese Chopped
  • 2 cup fried noodles
  • 2 cup tomato diced
  • 1 cup tangerine
  • 1 cup bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup green onions diced
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Crisp

Creamy Chicken Gravy

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 cup chicken soup
  • 2 cup chicken cooked, chopped or diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper


  • Start by cooking white rice according to package directions, then set aside to keep warm.

  • To make the Creamy Chicken Gravy, in a large saucepan or skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.

  • Once the butter has melted, stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes to make a batter.

  • Gradually add milk and chicken stock, stirring constantly to avoid lumps.

  • Add the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper and toss to combine.

  • Add the cooked and chopped or diced chicken and let the sauce simmer for a few minutes until thickened.

  • While the gravy is simmering, prepare the toppings. Drain the oranges and set aside. Dice the pineapple, tomato, and bell pepper, and finely chop the scallions.

  • To assemble the Hawaiian haystacks, start by placing a bed of rice on each plate. Top with a creamy chicken gravy, then add diced pineapple, shredded cheddar cheese, crispy chow mein, diced tomatoes, diced bell peppers, scallions, and oranges.

  • Sprinkle coconut flakes on each plate. Serve hot!