Everyone at the potluck will be asking you for the recipe for this Crock-Pot Hawaiian Haystacks. Take to a party or make for dinner at home for the family! Creamy chicken is served over rice and everyone adds their favorite toppings for a versatile meal everyone can enjoy!
Crock-Pot Hawaiian Haystacks
This recipe for Hawaiian Haystacks is an older classic recipe that I like to make and bring to a church potluck. I make up the chicken mixture in my slow cooker and bring it to the potluck along with some cooked white rice and a great selection of toppings.
By setting out several toppings, guests can then can build their own haystacks just the way they want by getting themselves some rice, spooning some of the creamy chicken mixture over top and then adding whatever toppings they want.
Some of my favorite Hawaiian Haystack Toppings:
- Cheddar Cheese
- Chow Mein Noodles
- Mandarin Oranges
- Black Olives
- Green Bell Peppers
This is always a favorite and I am often asked for the recipe several times by the time the potluck is over.
At a potluck, people usually get smaller servings then they would get if eating something as a main dish. Guests usually try and get a small spoonful of everything offered at the potluck. So this recipe as written serves 8 people as the main course. But will serve closer to 16 to 20 people at a potluck. If you are serving more feel free to double the recipe.
Hawaiian haystacks are also a big hit at home too with my family. I think it is because the kids can personalize their haystacks however they want. My son loves to add hot sauce to his and my daughter likes to top hers with sweet chili sauce!
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs or a combination of the two.
- Canned Cream Of Chicken Soup – I like to use the Campbell’s Healthy Request cream of chicken soup to save a few calories and fat.
- Low-Sodium Chicken Broth – I make my own chicken broth in the slow cooker.
- Yellow Onion – Peeled and diced small.
- Mrs. Dash Herb And Garlic Seasoning – If you cannot find this ingredient locally you can easily make your own with our homemade recipe for Garlic And Herb Seasoning & Spice Mix.
- Cream Cheese – Let it come to room temperature for about 30 to 40 minutes and then cut it into cubes so it melts better in the slow cooker.
- Ground Paprika – Paprika adds a little bit of colors and not a whole lot of flavor to this dish. If you don’t have any on hand you can omit it from the recipe.
- For serving: Cooked Rice (if you have another slow cooker you can cook your rice in the slow cooker and keep it warm at the potluck in that) and then set out bowls of shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, sliced black olives, chow mein noodles, pineapple tidbits, mandarin orange slices, and diced fresh tomato and green bell pepper. Let everyone add their favorite toppings!
- Add the chicken to a 6 quart slow cooker (or larger).
- To the chicken add the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, onion, and garlic and herb seasoning.
- Cover and cook on LOW heat for 6 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked.
- Using tongs, carefully remove the cooked chicken pieces from the slow cooker and place them on a platter or in a shallow casserole type dish.
- Add the softened and cubed cream cheese in the slow cooker with the liquid that still remains. Cover the slow cooker and let that continue cooking on LOW heat to melt the cream cheese.
- In the meantime, shred the chicken meat into bite sized pieces and add that back into the slow cooker.
- Give everything a good stir to make sure all the chicken is coated in the creamy sauce and all of the cream cheese is evenly melted. Sprinkle the top of the chicken mixture with the paprika to add some color.
- Set out cooked rice and bowls of the listed toppings and let everyone serve themselves and customize their haystacks.
More Hawaiian Inspired Slow Cooker Recipes:
- Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken
- Crock-Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
- Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs + Video
- Crock-Pot Hawaiian Pork
- Slow Cooker Aloha Chicken
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