Raise your hand if you have heard of Hawaiian Haystacks. Anybody? Well, I bet a few of you have. It is more of a retro dinner and I need you to have an open mind going in to this, the recipe is a little quirky.
You start with the basics of chicken in a sauce over hot rice. Then you add your toppings. They range from run of the mill things like olives, tomatoes, shredded cheddar and bell peppers, all the way to the unexpected items like caramelized pineapple bits, cherries and coconut.
Before I totally lose you, no you aren’t putting ALL of those ingredients over the same plate of chicken, sauce and rice. Rather, you pick and choose a few of them that sound the best to you.
For the Tropical Haystacks, a classic and very retro suggestion is to use the following toppings over the chicken and rice: Coconut, pineapple, and maraschino cherries (shown above). This happens to be my favorite way to eat this dish. It sounds crazy, I know, but it is so good!
Have I convinced you to give it a try? If you are a lover of trying out retro dishes you should give it a go. If you have tried this before please be sure to leave a comment letting us know what your favorite toppings for this are. I can always use new ideas for how to top this.
Many thanks to Real Mom Kitchen for posting this classic, albeit totally bonkers, recipe.
Hawaiian Chicken Haystacks Two Ways
Makes about 4 servings
- 2 cans of cream of chicken
- 1 can of milk or so
- 2 cups of cooked chicken breasts, diced
- Rice, cooked, seasoned with a little butter and salt
- Toppings savory: diced tomatoes, chow mein noodles, bugles chips, sliced black olives, diced celery, shredded cheddar, sliced almonds, diced mushrooms, diced green bell peppers
- Toppings for Tropical (sweeter): pineapple tidbits*, coconut, maraschino cherries, mandarin oranges
*I went all out and I sauteed the pineapple with a tiny bit of butter and a fat pinch of brown sugar until it was getting a bit caramelized. It gave it a deeper flavor and it tasted great.
1. In a large saucepan, heat cream of chicken and one can of milk over medium-high heat until warmed through and cream of chicken is dissolved. Serve over hot prepared rice. Top with desired toppings.
Source: Real Mom Kitchen