Hawaiian Haystacks {w/ homemade chicken gravy}

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Fluffy rice, seasoned creamy chicken gravy, plus all the toppings you can imagine! These Hawaiian Haystacks are sure to be a hit because everyone can make their own, they’re easy, and of course super delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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I grew up eating Hawaiian Haystacks. My husband on the other hand had never heard of them until we were married! I remember all of us (I come from a family of 6 kids) sitting around the dinner table and building our hawaiian haystack masterpieces. We would take all this time and build them exactly how we wanted and then when it came time to eat, we would all be so full after only a few bites. They definitely fill you up fast! My mom’s rule was that we had to eat all of our food before we could get up from the table. I still remember how stuffed and full I was after having this for dinner….. Luckily, I have learned that you make a small haystack so that way you can finish the whole thing ๐Ÿ™‚

And trust me, you will want to finish the entire thing. It may seem like an odd combination of ingredients, but it works! The fluffy rice, the creamy & perfectly seasoned chicken gravy, plus all the toppings; crunchy rice noodles, juicy pineapple chunks, sweet carrots, salty almonds, etc. Any topping you can dream up will go great on these haystacks.

HAWAIIAN HAYSTACKS | w' a homemade creamy chicken gravy! www.togetherasfamily.com

Traditionally you put rice on the bottom and then you add your chicken gravy + toppings. Some people like to do rice, toppings, and then pour the chicken gravy over top. You pick! Kids also love this meal because they can make their own. I’ve found that my kids eat better when they are able to make their own or dish it up by themselves. These hawaiian haystacks are just that.

HAWAIIAN HAYSTACKS | w/ a homemade creamy chicken gravy! www.togetherasfamily.com

The toppings shown are our favorites! Just put all the toppings into bowls, rice, and chicken gravy and then set it out on the table or counter and let everyone dish up buffet style.

Here is a list of some other ideas too:

golden raisins

mandarin oranges

chopped bell pepper

halved cherry tomatoes


green onion

ham chunks


What else do you put on yours?

Hawaiian Haystacks {w/ homemade chicken gravy}
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    chicken gravy
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • hawaiian haystacks
  • assorted toppings
  • fresh cooked white rice


  • For the chicken gravy: melt butter in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in flour and stir with a whisk for 30 seconds. Slowly pour in the chicken broth, while whisking, and the spices. Whisk until mixture has thickened a bit (this takes about 2-3 minutes). Take off heat and add in the sour cream and whisk until combined and smooth. Stir in shredded chicken.
  • Serve with rice and your choice of toppings.

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  • Reply
    April 11, 2016 at 10:32 am Yum - thank you for the haystack recipe. Have a great week.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      April 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm You're welcome Liz. Hope you enjoy them!
  • Reply
    April 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm This was so yummy! I am usually not a huge fan so haystacks but these were delicious ? Even my little 1 year old loved them! Thanks Jess!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      April 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm Hey Charlyn! I'm SO HAPPY you loved them :) My oldest doesn't like rice but he'll eat these haystacks. And yay, for your little one liking them. Thanks for your comment. It made my day :)
  • Reply
    April 13, 2018 at 2:50 pm How many cups of gravy does this recipe yield?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      April 15, 2018 at 8:03 pm A lot! I have not made this recipe in awhile since posting it but I know that we always have tons of leftovers. I would safely say the gravy feeds at least enough gravy topping for 8 Hawaiian haystacks.

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