Hawaiian haystacks – Pile it on and enjoy


The girls always love when I make haystacks, or rather, they get to make them, because the ingredients are rarely the same twice, and they each get to customize their “chicken sundae.”

Hawaiian haystacks aren’t even from Hawaii, by the way. It’s just that pineapple is a common ingredient and that’s connected to the Hawaii name.

Anyway, if you’ve never made them before, you should. Haystacks are a great way to finish off a bunch of ingredients that you only have a handful of, and if you have picky eaters, no problem…..only add the items each person wants.

Hawaiian Haystacks Recipe:

  • Rice
  • Chicken, chunked or shredded (leftover chicken works great)
  • Chicken sauce/gravy (recipes below)
  • Any number of diced/sliced/chopped ingredients including pineapple, olives, green onions, green peppers, chow mein noodles, mandarin oranges, cheese, avocado

Pile on in order and enjoy. Yep, it’s that simple.

Chicken Sauce Recipe Ideas:

(The links are to recipes that don’t use canned condensed soup, if you’re like me and try to avoid it….but the canned soup version is tasty and fine if you’re okay using it)

  • 1 cup chicken, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 cup water, salt and pepper (you could also add sour cream, cream cheese, chicken broth, or milk in addition to or in place of various ingredients….really, it’s not an exact science….work with what you have)
  • Mel’s Kitchen Café
  • Real Mom Kitchen 
  • Your Sacred Calling (this one uses coconut milk

Here’s some of the ingredients from another time I made them:

So colorful. The second item on the top row is chopped almonds, by the way….they give a nice crunch.

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    July 20, 2011

    Yum! Found you at Sumo‘s Sweet Stuff link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there.


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    Carrie Roer
    July 21, 2011

    Hi! I found you through the No Ordinary Blog Hop. I’ve had this meal at a friend’s house — they call it Polynesian Pile-up! A great mixture of ingredients you wouldn’t always expect to go well together…

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    July 25, 2011

    This looks so colorful and delicious! Never heard of it so thanks for sharing on NOBH! :)

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