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Hawaiian Haystacks

June 17, 2013

Ever heard of these? No? Well neither had I until one lazy afternoon perusing Pinterest. Apparently it’s a regional meal, and not a Hawaiian dish as you may assume. I think they eat this in Utah or Arizona or some place over there. Has nothing to do with Hawwaii, so don’t ask me how it got it’s name. Anyhoo, I saw the recipe, read all the rave reviews, and noted that everyone said kids LOVE this meal. So I made it one night when we had friends (with kids) over for dinner, and OMG is it fun! It has so many tasty toppings that kids (and adults) totally get into making up their plates. Plus the chicken and gravy is amazing over rice! Below is the recipe for the chicken and gravy along with a list of toppings. Use any combo of toppings that you like, there are no rules to this, just have fun with it! Thanks to http://picky-palate.com for the recipe.

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 oz. chicken broth
2 teaspoons dry Ranch Dressing seasoning packet
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
Steamed rice, enough for your family

Topping Options:
Chow Mein Crispy Noodles
sliced green onions
black olives
fresh pineapple chunks
dried cranberries
mandarin oranges
almond slivers
chopped tomatoes
shredded cheddar cheese
shredded coconut
soy sauce


  • 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.
  • Lower heat to low and whisk in sour cream, Ranch seasoning, and garlic salt.
  • Stir in cooked chicken breast.
  • Heat until warm throughout, about 5 minutes.
  • Place rice on individual serving plates and top with chicken and gravy.
  • Add on all the toppings ya like!
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