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The Best Hawaiian Haystacks Sauce Ever

Hawaiian Haystacks feature a creamy chicken sauce served over hot rice and topped with a variety of tasty fruits, veggies, and cheeses. There may be several different variations out there, but this is the best Hawaiian Haystacks sauce ever!

Hawaiian haystacks on a white dinner plate.

I’ve lived in Utah my entire life, but I didn’t have Hawaiian Haystacks until I was almost a teenager. I mostly blame my Italian mother for not bringing us up on the classic Utahn cuisine like this recipe and Chicken Pillows.

Thankfully, this is a staple in my husband’s family, so I’ve gotten my fair share of it over the years.

I love this recipe because it makes a lot! It’s perfect for a large family gathering where people have different tastes because everyone gets to choose their own toppings.

Plus, it’s so cheap to make. I keep most of the ingredients stocked in my food storage so it doesn’t take a huge chunk out of my grocery budget for the week.

FAQs

The best Hawaiian haystacks recipe.
Where did Hawaiian Haystacks come from?


You might be surprised to know that Hawaiian Haystacks actually don’t come from Hawaii!

Haystacks originated in the 1950s and are a general term for a potluck dish that layers several ingredients into a pile or “haystack”. Would you believe there are Mexican Haystacks, Adventist Haystacks, Mennonite Haystacks and “LDS” Haystacks? 

Different cultures and religions have created their own unique versions over time. The “Hawaiian” Haystacks my family loves are also known as “LDS” Haystacks.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has strong ties to Hawaiian culture and for this particular variation, pineapple, oranges, and even soy sauce are often included!

There are probably as many versions of this dish as there are methods for making the sauce. But, I have to say, mine is the best and easiest haystacks sauce I’ve ever tried!

Step-by-Step Instructions

COOK and cube 3 chicken breasts as desired (or use 2 (12 ounce) cans of chunk chicken).

In a large pot on the stove, COMBINE 2 cans of cream of chicken soup (or one of these cream of chicken soup substitutes) and 2 cans of chicken broth (or one of these chicken broth substitutes). Once that’s combined, ADD your chicken and SIMMER for 10 minutes.

REDUCE HEAT to low and carefully MIX in 1 cup of sour cream (or one of these sour cream substitutes).

SERVE warm over rice with desired toppings.

Hawaiian haystacks sauce over rice.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

There are several ways to prepare the chicken for this dish. You can cube the chicken and cook it in a frying pan. Or you could use an Instant Pot and shred it with a mixer.

I personally like to use canned chunk chicken. It’s a great way to use up food storage and there’s absolutely no prep work required.

The recipe says to simmer the sauce for 10 minutes, but if you’re low on time, you can just combine all of the ingredients and heat through.

This makes a lot of sauce, so it’s perfect for feeding a crowd. It feeds my family once for dinner with several leftovers, including enough to freeze for later.

TO FREEZE: Pour cooled sauce into a gallon-size freezer bag. Securely close the bag top and lay flat in the freezer for up to 4-6 months.

TO REHEAT: Place gravy bag in the fridge to thaw or run under warm water. Once thawed, add gravy to a medium pot and heat over medium heat until warm.

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Hawaiian haystack toppings on rice.

The Best Hawaiian Haystacks Sauce

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Hawaiian Haystacks feature a creamy chicken sauce served over hot rice and topped with a variety of tasty fruits, veggies, and cheeses. There may be several different variations out there, but this is the best Hawaiian Haystacks sauce ever!

Ingredients

  • 2 (10.5 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped (or use 2 (12 ounce) cans of chunk chicken)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4-8 cups cooked white rice

Topping Suggestions

  • Grated cheese
  • Tomatoes, chopped
  • Olives
  • Peas
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Green pepper, chopped
  • Pineapple tidbits
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Slivered almonds
  • Coconut, shredded
  • Chow mein noodles

Instructions

    1. In a large saucepot on the stove, combine cream of chicken soup and chicken broth over medium heat.
    2. Once the soup and broth are combined, add chicken to the saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.
    3. Reduce heat to low and stir in the sour cream.
    4. To create a haystack, layer rice, chicken sauce and toppings.

Notes

TO FREEZE: Pour cooled sauce into a gallon-size freezer bag. Securely close the bag top and lay flat in the freezer for up to 4-6 months.

TO REHEAT: Place gravy bag in the fridge to thaw or run under warm water. Once thawed, add gravy to a medium pot and heat over medium heat until warm.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 404mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g
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