The Best Hawaiian Haystacks Sauce Ever

July 16, 2020

A Utah classic perfect for a large family gathering. 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.


For this Hawaiian haystack sauce recipe, you’ll need chicken, cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and sour cream.

How To Make The Best Hawaiian Haystacks Sauce Ever

You’ll start by preparing your chicken as desired. In a large pot on the stove, combine the creamed soup and broth. Once that’s combined, you’ll add your chicken and simmer for 10 minutes.

Turn the heat to low and carefully mix in your sour cream.

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.

Perfect Pairings

I love to serve this dinner with some fresh scones and honey.

I hope your family loves this recipe! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable.


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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

There may be several different variations out there, but this is the best Hawaiian Haystacks sauce ever!


  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped (or use 2 -12 oz. cans of chunk chicken)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream


    1. Combine soup and broth, add chicken and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the sour cream.
    2. To create a haystack, layer rice, chicken sauce and toppings.


Topping suggestions: Grated cheese, tomatoes, olives, peas, tomatoes, green onions, green pepper, pineapple tidbits, mandarin oranges, slivered almonds, coconut, salt and pepper, soy sauce, chow mein noodles.

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
This easy Hawaiian haystacks sauce recipe is delicious and ready in just 10 minutes!

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