chicken, easy, kid friendly, main dish

Hawaiian Haystacks

If someone asked me to name a few meals that reminded me of my childhood this would be one of them! In fact my older brother, Stetson asks for this meal almost every year for his “birthday meal” that my mom cooks. And being that I am headed to Hawaii next week I only thought that it would be fitting to fix this meal before we head off! The best thing about this meal is that it is so versatile. This plate in the picture would be mine: layered cheese, tomatoes, pineapple, mandarin oranges, lots of coconut, slivered almonds,Chinese noodles, and sour cream all sprinkled with salt and pepper! My boys like just cheese and Chinese noodles and sometimes my oldest will add a couple of tomatoes. The possibilities are endless! 
Hawaiian Haystacks
Whole chicken
1 (heaping) Tablespoon garlic, minced
Cream of chicken soup, family size
1 Tablespoon parsley, dried or fresh will work
1 pint sour cream
1 teaspoon pepper

celery, diced
green onion, chopped
carrots, chopped
pineapple chunks
mandarin oranges
tomatoes, diced
grated cheddar cheese
Chinese noodles
almonds,sliced or slivered
sweet shredded coconut
Boil chicken in water and add garlic. Remove chicken, shred and set aside. Save 2 cups of the stock! In a saucepan add your soup, chicken stock, parsley, and pepper. When it is smooth stir in sour cream and then add chicken in.  Cook rice according to directions on package. 
To assemble: Put rice on the plate, sprinkle a little cheese, add sauce, sprinkle more cheese, then add whatever toppings you like! Serve with a dollop of sour cream and salt and pepper!
* These can be made as simple or complex as you like them or with whatever you had on hand! They are just as good with just the rice, sauce, and cheese!

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