Friday, September 25, 2009


OH Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a good week. I had a BUSY, but productive week. And I am excited about the Diabetes Walk-a-thon tomorrow morning! So fun.... I was not going to blog today because I was tired and had nothing really exciting to say, then I felt bad and decided that I had not done friday recipe box in awhile. So some background on this uniquely Utahan dish... The Hawaiian Haystack can be traced back to the Pioneers who brought it across the plains and usually made it for special occasions. Where they got pineapple and chow mien noodles is beyond me, but Hey, I am glad they brought this Yummy Mormon recipe with them and have passed it down for generations. I actually remember the first time I had a Hawaiian Haystack... I was 12 and it was at church for a special occasion and was prepared by someone from Utah... go figure. I had never heard of them while growing up in Alabama this was new, exciting and wonderful!! It does make a lot so either prepare it for a group meal or freeze leftovers which freeze nicely in a gallon ziploc back!

What you will need:

12-15 boneless skinless chicken tenders (thawed diced or frozen to cut up when served Its up to you either works fine)
1 14 oz can chicken broth
2 cans cream of chicken soup -condensed
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
toppings - more on that at the bottom
a crock pot -directions for stove top at the bottom.

To Make gravy: grease inside of pot with cooking spray of your choice. Place chicken in the crock pot. Mix broth, soup, and milk together and pour over chicken cook for 6-8 hours on low! So Yummy sometimes If I don't have evaporated milk I will make it without it and its fine... OR you can use one the small blocks of cream cheese.... either way its GOOD.

Stove top dice thaw chicken into cubes and cook until no longer pink Pour broth, soup and milk and cook until heated thru.

Serve chicken gravy over hot rice and top with the toppings of your choice like you would in a taco, salad, potato bar setting.

TOPPINGS: pineapple tidbits, cheddar cheese, coconut, chow mien noodles, kidney beans, olives, green onions, ham, And any other topping you think might be good on it! I have seen raisins,carrots and tomatoes, but I won't go there.


Leah Rubin said...

I have to say, I have never heard of this, but it sure sounds great! I think you just made a ton of people very happy!

Kristina P. said...

My mom never made these, and the only time I had them were at church activities.

wood5142004 said...

I make a really easy version where I cook the chicken in the soup in the crockpot with just regular milk and then all the toppings aforementioned.

Little Ms Blogger said...

I never heard of this.

Why is any dish made with condensed soup tasty?

Good luck this weekend.

Beth Dunn said...

Hope you had a great walk! xoxo

Shanana said...

I love haystacks. It's the only Utah food that I think is tasty. How pineapple, celery, coconut and onions on one plate works out to be a yummy delight is totally baffling, but somehow it works.

Rebecca said...

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US FOR THE DIABETES WALK!! I am glad I at least got to see you before it began...I had fun, did you? I think that was a really big turn out, bigger than I remember.

S3XinthePantry said...

Hope you had a good time and had great weather for the walkathon!

Beth Dunn said...

Ah! Your so sweet thank you for your comment xoxo

Ron said...

WOW WEE...sounds delish!

And there's something about using a crock pot that always seems to bring out more of the flavor. Probably the slow cooking.

Hey, I hope you had a great time on your walk. Such a great cause!

Ink Obsession Designs said...

This sounds REALLY good!!!

Joan said...

My mom used to make these all the time... but called them something else. I totally forget. PERFECT for our big family. Easy to make & everyone gets to pick & choose favorites! lol (I totally didn't realize this was a Mormon 'staple' either! My parents knew it growing up Lutheran. :)

How'd the walk go?!?!? Can't wait to hear about it! You're wonderful!!

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