Melissa, the lurker, asked what Hawiian Haystacks are. And I believe that someone in the past asked that question when I mentioned them before. It is my youngest's favoritest dinner. haha. Seriously, he would be content to eat it every day.
Here is my recipe and it serves the 5 of us just fine. The original recipe is actually twice this size.
Cook up some rice. My family likes "real rice." I cook 3 cups of water to 1.5 cups of rice. But if you can always do the 5 minute rice too.
Boil 3 nice size boneless, skinless chicken breasts in water. Cut them up into small pieces. I actually like to chop, chop, chop it all up with my Pampered Chef chopper. Do whatever you prefer. Set aside.
Dissolve 1 chicken bullion cube in 1 cup of boiling water...set aside.
On low heat , melt 1/2 stick of butter/margarine in a medium to large pot. Add 1/4 cup flour. Mix. Add the 1 cup of broth that you have already made. Add 1 cup of milk. Turn up the heat and add salk and pepper to taste. (We like pepper!) And stir often. It'll start to boil and thicken. Turn it down and add your chopped up chicken. You might want to add more salt and pepper.
That's pretty much all that it is...now to "make" it. Start with a pile of rice and add on the chicken mixture. Then top with toppings. This is what we add:
tomatoes (except for C who doesn't like them)
Top with Chow Mein noodles. My kids love to eat this with chop sticks.
Other top options are:
Goodess...I know there are tons of other "stuff" that people put on it. My friend Melanie says she tops it with whatever she has in her fridge that day..which could be gross. haha.
One more tip: Build your haystack with the cheese on top of the rice, then the chicken sauce. That way the cheese with melt and become ooey, gooey great!
PS. Melissa...the reason why I get all this done is b/c I can't sweat the small stuff. Yes there is a pile of laundry waiting to be ironed, folded and put away. It's time to mop the kitchen floor...again. But it all gets done and messy again. Just learn to clean faster and not worry if the laundry isn't completely done. FYI, (which I am sure you know with 4 kids) the laundry will never BE done!