Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What's on The Menu Tonight?

I love my crockpot. It is the greatest thing ever invented, especially for busy people. So anytime I can find crockpot meals that the family loves I jump for joy.

I was talking to a friend today and telling her I was making "Hawaiian Haystacks" for dinner. She had never heard of Hawaiian Haystack. OHHH my gosh I told her that we have them at least once a week.

I love it when the kids come home and say "mom whats for dinner" when I reply with Hawaiian Haystacks the usual response is "OHH SWEET"

This meal is so easy, very nutritious and each person can customized there own haystack. So have fun and play around with different toppings. There is no right or wrong to this recipe. Actually there is not a set recipe that I use, but this is how I do it.

Place three to four boneless, skinless chicken breast in the crockpot and cook all day on low (or just a few hours on high) while you go about your day. Make sure the breasts are covered with water.

SAUCE:
1) When the chicken breasts are done take them out of the crockpot and dice them into small chunks and set aside.
2) Pour 2 cans of cream of chicken soup in a large saucepan. Add enough of the broth from the chicken to make the soup as thin as you would like. I usually add 3-4 cups of the broth. It all depends how thick you want your sauce. We like it fairly thick.
3) Add spices. I seriously just open my spice cabinet and add any spices that pop out at me. I usually add some garlic powder, seasoned salt, chicken bouillon, parsley, curry just to name a few. Just season to taste and heat
4) When sauce is warm, add the chopped chicken to the sauce and keep warm until ready to serve.

RICE:
1) Make some rice according to package directions. I use white rice, but just use your favorite rice.

TOPPINGS:
This is a list of topping suggestions, but you can use as many or as few toppings as you want. Have fun and experiment with different toppings.

Cheese (this is a must)
Chopped Celery
Pineapple Chunks
Mandarin Oranges (if you are feeling really fruity)
Cashews
Diced Tomatoes
Diced onions
Peas
Chow Main Noodles (I use LaChoy)
Soy Sauce

HAYSTACK ASSEMBLY:
Load plate with rice, pile some chicken mixture on top of the rice. Add the different toppings that you want on top of the chicken mixture. I then usually add just a little more chicken mix on top of the entire haystack to melt the cheese. YUMMY. I hope you enjoy as much as we do. If you have questions or topping suggestions let me know.

5 comments:

Trisha Crowther said...

Lynette,
I love these and have not had them since my mom passed away... simple cause I had no idea how to make the sauce. SO THANK YOU. Bryan may not be so happy though hehehe.

Karen Pedersen said...

YUM! I just finished eating but I think I'm hungry again!

Rudy Rukus said...

Oh yummy! I think I know what I am having for dinner! Thanks

Ganine said...

Those are the best!!!

Nicole Norris said...

You know thanks for the reminder. We haven't had those forever. Oh and if you need a really good crock pot receipe I have one for a sausage lasagna that is FABULOUS!

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