Hawaiian Haystacks

It’s always so wonderful to get together with a group of friends. And, more often than not, that gathering involves food. Hawaiian Haystacks is a great potluck meal. Everyone can bring one ingredient, and in the end you have a wonderful meal. No one is worried or stressed out, and how easy is it to chop up some celery, or cook some rice? Hawaiian Haystacks is also a delicious meal that’s simple to put together for a family meal in the evening. The best part is that you make it however you like. If someone doesn’t like pineapple, they don’t have to have it. It makes this meal completely unique and every bite is just a little different.

Hawaiian Haystacks

A wonderful, light and fresh meal that is full of flavor and simple to make.


  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 4 tsp shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil.
  2. Mix the cornstarch with 1/2 cup of water and thicken the chicken broth.
  3. Season the broth to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. On each plate, assemble the haystack.
  5. Start with rice on the bottom, then add each ingredient: chicken, celery, green onion, pineapple, tomatoes, broth, almonds and coconut.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Diet tags: Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 300

Fat: 8.8

Protein: 28

Entire serving makes 4 servings.

Serving size is 1 2/3 cup.

Each serving = 8 Smart Points/7 Points

PER SERVING: 300 calories; 8.8g fat; 2.3g saturated fat; 27g carbohydrates; 9g sugar; 28g protein; 5g fiber



  1. Thanks so much for posting this. When I was growing up, my mother called this a Javanese Dinner. I had almost completely forgotten about it. I’m anxious to try your lightened, portion-controlled version. (I was looking around online, and some versions call for canned creamed soup, cheddar cheese, and chow mein noodles!)

  2. hi love your recipes i would love to try this but i dont like brown rice can i use white rice and would it be the same pts thank you for your great recipes

    • Lisa Coffman Reply

      Thanks! You can absolutely use white rice. The points are the same, and the calories are about the same. But with white rice, you end up with an entire gram less fiber. Enjoy!

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