This recipe for homemade Chicken Haystacks is so flavorful and delicious, it’s worth the extra few minutes to make the sauce yourself! Sometimes called Hawaiian haystacks, this dish seems to please even the pickiest of eaters.
Haystacks are perfect for feeding crowds because you start with rice and a creamy chicken sauce. After that everyone can top it with whatever they want!
A few years ago I posted a similar recipe. It is super simple and has been a family favorite for years. My old recipe calls for cream of chicken soup as the base, which is why it makes such a speedy meal. But I know that canned soup isn’t the healthiest thing out there, so I’ve been trying to cut back on it at our house.
I saw this haystack recipe over at My Kitchen Cafe, and just had to give it a try. Is it a little more work? Yes. Did I think it was worth it? Absolutely!! Not only is it a healthier version, but it is so much more flavorful thanks to the addition of onions and garlic. So yummy!
On hectic nights, I’m sure sometimes I’ll revert back to my old chicken haystack recipe, but when I have the time, I’ll always prefer this one. I hope your family enjoys this new version of chicken haystacks as much as mine does!
If there’s a topping that your family enjoys, please feel free to share it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.
Other chicken recipes you might enjoy:
- Chicken ala King
- Chicken Flautas
- Lime Chicken
- Italian Chicken Pasta
- Lemon Chicken Pasta
- Monterey Chicken
- Chicken Biscuit Casserole
- Sweet & Sour Chicken
- Chicken Broccoli Bake
- Chicken Parmesan
Homemade Chicken Haystacks
A creamy sauce with chunks of chicken, served over rice and your choice of toppings. Great for feeding a crowd!
- 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup chicken broth
- -grated cheese
- -diced tomatoes
- -sliced green onions
- -sliced olives
- -Bugles (this is a family favorite!)
- -crunchy chow mein noodles
- -sliced celery
- -toasted chopped or sliced almonds
- -pineapple chunks
- -toasted coconut
- -mandarin oranges
- Melt the butter in a large pan. Saute the onions till tender, then add the garlic for the last minute or two.
- Whisk in the salt, pepper, and flour. Slowly whisk in the milk and chicken broth. Cook and stir over medium heat till bubbly. Boil for at least one minute, stirring constantly.
- Add the shredded chicken and heat through.
- Serve over hot rice with you choice of toppings. Be creative!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 517mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 17g
The sauce was very creamy, it was so good on top of the rice. I definitely do not regret trying this recipe!
Hope it becomes a favorite at your house Natasha!
We love haystacks!! And, I love that the sauce is homemade! It’s creamy & has delicious flavor! We love making these when we entertain!
Yes, I love making them when we have guest as well, because everyone can customize, so all the guests are happy. 🙂
never tried the bugles, but I’m sure my kids would think that is a hit. We also love mandarin oranges on ours.