Hawaiian Haystacks

I am a huge Hawaiian Haystacks fan. They are so easy to make and taste absolutely amazing. The toppings with the chicken and rice, all come together and form a delicious meal, the whole family will love.

We had Hawaiian Haystacks all the time growing up. The best part of this recipe? They are SO easy, quick, and versatile.

When things are super crazy, this is a meal you can throw together in minutes (and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now).

It is one of those recipes that can help you clean out everything you have in your crisper drawer. We always loved picking out our toppings and decorating them ourselves – especially with the chow mein noodles on top.

You really can’t go wrong with this recipe. It’s a family favorite, that even the picky eaters will love.

what could i serve as a side dish with this recipe?

This recipe can be tricky to pair with a side dish, because it has so many elements to the main dish. However, we do have a few simple recommendations that would work great with this dish.

Here is what we recommend:

how we make our hawaiian Haystacks:

I know there is no certain order to making a Hawaiian Haystack, but there should be. Here is how we recommend a Hawaiian Haystack to be served:


  • Perfectly Shredded Chicken: The trick to getting your chicken perfectly shredded, is a food processor. I give it 3 quick pulses in my food processor and it comes out perfectly shredded. Saves me a ton of time.

  • Add the chicken to your sauce. I highly recommend thinly shredded chicken. It makes it less dry, and gives the sauce a better texture. I don’t like big chicken chunks in my chicken/sauce mixture.

  • I’m all about shortcuts and fast ways to make dinner, so I use minute rice. You could also use quinoa, steamed rice, brown rice, or any rice or grain you prefer.

  • I always use the rice as my base, add my chicken sauce, then I go a little crazy with crushed pineapple. It is the best combination to me.

  • I then add all my other toppings. This is a great way to introduce your kids to new foods and vegetables. I like bell peppers, tomatoes, green onions, olives, and coconut on mine.

how could i make this a little more low fat?

I am not a huge fan of cream of chicken soup, mostly because it seems a little strange and unnatural to me. However, I love it in this recipe, and still make it all the time.

I usually like to make it a little more healthy by using the low fat cream of chicken soup, as well as adding plain Greek yogurt to the mixture. The plain Greek yogurt really makes it so creamy and yummy.

It’s easy to make and full of flavor. It also makes it so there is more sauce, which my husband loves, because he is a sauce lover.

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Serves: 6

Hawaiian Haystacks

15 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cooked and diced)
  • 5 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 (6 ounce) can black olives (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut


  1. Mix cream of chicken soup and milk in a sauce pan until smooth.
  2. Add diced chicken and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Serve hot over rice.
  4. Top with tomatoes, olives, chow mein noodles, pineapple tidbits, shredded cheese, green peppers, and coconut.



2236 cal


44 g


322 g


119 g
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8 Responses to “Hawaiian Haystacks”

  1. We ate these a lot growing up too! We prefer our chicken shredded though, and we doctor up the sauce. Garlic & some other spices, as well as some sour cream! But we add milk as well so it's not so thick. We also had slivered almonds that my mom to asted in a pan on the stove. We also have celery, green onion, coconut as some more toppings. I once dated a guy whose family put peas on theirs and I really like it!
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