Slow Cooker Hawaiian Haystacks – The Magical Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Haystacks - The Magical Slow Cooker

If you’ve never heard of Hawaiian Haystacks, then allow me to introduce you to a rice and creamy chicken dish with a savory flavor that even picky eaters will enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a quick meal for busy weeknights or a potluck dish to please a crowd, this is a must-try!

Speaking of chicken and potlucks, these Alabama Chicken Sandwiches are another big hit.

bowl of hawaiian haystacks.

What are Hawaiian Haystacks?

Although the Hawaiian haystack recipe didn’t originate in Hawaii, the dish grabbed its name because of the citrus-like ingredients. The recipe highlights the variety of toppings that are “stacked” on a bed of white rice.

While you can certainly choose your own toppings, people’s favorite toppings are mandarin oranges, pineapple tidbits, sliced ​​olives, and chow mein noodles. Keep reading to see just how easy it is to make Hawaiian haystacks.

Recipe Ingredients

ingredients for hawaiian haystacks on a table.
  • Chicken Breasts: Boneless skinless chicken breasts are slow-cooked in a cream of chicken base until fork tender.
  • Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup: Cream of chicken soup to cook chicken in the crock pot helps create a creamy chicken gravy.
  • Chicken Broth: Adds to the cream of chicken to make a creamy gravy and enhanced chicken flavor.
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, and garlic powder add the perfect flavor to the chicken gravy.
  • Haystack Toppings: Mandarin oranges, crunchy chow mein noodles, diced Roma tomatoes, sliced ​​green onion, and sliced ​​olives are some of the most ideal toppings to serve for the Hawaiian haystacks.

Step-by-Step Directions

Four images of how to make hawaiian haystack chicken in a crockpot.

StepOne – Place the chicken breasts into the slow cooker and lightly season with salt and pepper.

StepTwo – Whisk together the chicken broth, cream of chicken, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

StepThree – For the creamy sauce over the uncooked fresh chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.

Step Four – Shred the chicken with two forks in the slow cooker. Serve over hot rice and desired toppings.

overhead shot of chicken hawaiian haystack.

Toppings for Hawaiian Haystacks

  • Classic Toppings: oranges, olives, diced tomatoes, chow mein noodles, and diced green onion.
  • Other topping ideas: pineapple tidbits, sliced ​​almonds, shredded coconut, green peas, shredded cheddar cheese, diced bell peppers, shredded cheese, and sunflower seeds.
  • Side option: If you want to add more vegetables to this meal, add a green side! It goes great with this meal.
Bowl of rice, chicken and toppings.

Recipe FAQs

What other than white rice can be used?

You can use cauliflower rice, brown rice, basmati rice, or wild rice to replace white rice.

Can I use a different condensed soup base?

Other than cream of chicken soup, you can use cream of mushroom soup. It won’t change the taste too much.

How do I store leftover rice, cooked chicken, and toppings?

For this type of dish, you’ll want to store any leftovers in individual containers. Place each item – from the creamy chicken to the individual toppings – in its own airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

How do I reheat the leftover chicken and gravy?

Reheat the rice and chicken over medium heat on the stove top. Or you heat individual servings in the microwave.

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close up of hawaiian haystacks in a bowl.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Haystacks

Tender shredded chicken in a creamy sauce that you pile on rice and top with crunch chow mein noodles and more.


Race: Hand Race

Food: American

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Services: 6

calories: 178calories


  • Place the chicken in the crockpot.

  • In a small bowl, mix the chicken broth, cream of chicken, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

  • For the cream of chicken mixture on top of the chicken breast.

  • Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

  • Remove the chicken from the crockpot and with 2 forks shred the chicken.

  • Return the shredded chicken to the slow and mix with the sauce, until the chicken is well coated.

  • Serve on top of rice and garnish with Chow Mein noodles, tomatoes, mandarin, black olive, and green onion.

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Recipe Notes:

  • Nutritional values ​​do not include the rice or toppings.
  • Start cooking your rice towards the end of the cooking time.
  • Other topping ideas: pineapple tidbits, shredded coconut, sliced ​​almonds, green peas, melted cheddar cheese, diced bell peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, and sunflower seeds.

Nutrition Information:

calories: 178calories | Carbohydrates: 4g | protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 941mg | Potassium: 459mg | fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 126UI | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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