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From-Scratch Hawaiian Haystacks

From-Scratch Hawaiian Haystacks

From Scratch Hawaiian Haystacks on Dish Up Delish

I went through a phase in my life as a teenager that I hated Hawaiian Haystacks. I thought it was a strange and gross meal that was basically flavorless chicken gravy on some rice. So I boycotted the dish for years. Eventually, I stumbled across a recipe for the chicken sauce made from scratch. Of course I tried it and I was hooked on Haystacks again. I’ve altered the recipe slightly to fit my tastes and to serve a crowd. The instructions list this recipe as making about 9 cups. It made enough for 8-10 pretty generous servings of sauce. If you want to make a smaller amount for a smaller family, just use half of the ingredients listed.
I think this dish is a quick and easy weeknight meal. It comes together in about 30 minutes and most of the ingredients are ones you probably have on hand! Enjoy!
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From-Scratch Hawaiian Haystacks
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From-Scratch Hawaiian Haystacks Chicken and Sauce is loaded with flavor and has no cream of anything soup.
Karissa Dodds:
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 9 cups
  • 3½-4 cups raw, boneless, skinless, chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • ¾ cup onion (one small-medium size), diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp. pepper
  • Toppings: rice, olives, tomatoes, pineapple, coconut, chow mein noodles, and green onions
  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the chicken and the onion. Cook until onions are tender and chicken is cooked through (about 7-8 minutes). Add the garlic and stir.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the chicken mixture and stir to coat. Keep stirring the chicken for about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and the add the milk. Continue whisking until smooth (aside from the chicken and onion chunks).
  3. Add salt and pepper and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer, stirring frequently, for about 10-15 minutes, depending on desired thickness. The longer it simmers the thicker the sauce will be.
  4. Remove from heat and serve the chicken sauce over rice and top with desired toppings.
If desired, you can use store bought, cooked, rotisserie chicken instead of raw. Just follow the directions as listed, eliminating the chicken, and add the cooked chicken after the milk and broth.


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