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The Best Ever Hawaiian Haystacks

Updated on October 4, 2013
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I bet you're asking yourself "What are Hawaiian Haystacks?" I did too when I first heard of them at my husband's grandmother's house.

This is a famous family recipe that I have now inherited and made my own! It has the base of chicken and dumplings, without the dumplings and everyone has the option of adding whatever they want to the top to make the dish their own.

You know I love Chicken and Dumplings! I've posted my own recipe! Now you'll learn how to take this delicious dish and make it even better.

You might just serve all of your dishes like this from here on out!

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 6-8 people


  • 3 large chicken breasts, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • brown rice
  • tortilla chips
  • Chinese noodles
  • coconut
  • water chestnuts
  • celery
  • pineapple chunks
  • raisins
  • pecans, walnuts or almonds
  • shredded cheese
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • chives
  • black olives
  • salsa
  • pinto beans
  • shredded carrots
  • shredded lettuce
  • parsley, chopped
  • cilantro, chopped


  1. Cook the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and chicken breasts together, on the stove, at medium-high heat, for about 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Feel free to add more chicken broth if you need more liquid. (Buying a jar of chicken broth cubes will allow you to have as much chicken broth on hand as you need.)
  2. To serve to your family, cut up the chicken and serve it in its liquid. Then lay out any variety of sides in separate bowls or dishes for everyone to put on their own plate.
  3. This is like an amazing buffet with the chicken from your chicken and dumplings as a base. Yummy!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup of chicken mixture with any # of toppings
Calories 130
Calories from Fat306
% Daily Value *
Fat 34 g52%
Saturated fat 9 g45%
Carbohydrates 94 g31%
Sugar 21 g
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 27 g54%
Cholesterol 53 mg18%
Sodium 1125 mg47%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

This can be served with any number of sides and can be just about anything you can imagine. I have named everything I could think of that has been served at our family gatherings.

If you haven’t had this before, you are definitely in for a treat. It’s basically chicken and dumplings layered with rice and topped with all kinds of fun toppings as you can see. It’s great to serve when you’ve got a lot of people coming over, or your have a dinner party, so everyone can make their own style.

This dish made me really nervous when I first saw it and I didn't understand, but now that I'm familiar I love it like everyone else in my new family!

I hope you and your family enjoy it too!

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© 2013 Victoria Van Ness


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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      lol Sorry. My husband is out late tonight at meetings and so I'm trying to use my time wisely and write while he's gone. :)

      I'm trying to build my article library up with great articles so I can start making some money. You know what I'm talking about . . . lol. It's hard trying to find the right collection of articles, and just the right topics to get the most traffic. I'm working on it though!

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      Mrs Clark 4 years ago from United States

      Yummy! I'm supposed to be writing hubs, not getting hungry looking at your recipes! This is going to be a long night..... Lol