Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The big debate!

I've been debating for some time about whether or not I should post this recipe. The problem is, I'm pretty sure every person in the state of Utah already has this recipe. It's a Utah classic, right up there with "Funeral Potatoes". But here's the deal. I do have quite a few followers outside the state of Utah, and the chicken sauce I use for this dish is my original recipe...and it's the best chicken sauce you will ever lay your lips on. So I just had to share.

I haven't quite put my finger on why, but Hawaiian Hay Stacks could possibly be one of my favorite meals. I seriously can eat this stuff until I'm sick. I had never heard of them until the summer after I graduated from high school. We went to Lake Powell with my family and my Aunt made them for us. I fell in love. I felt like the first 18 years of my life had been cheated. If you've never heard of them, I really hope you'll give it a chance. It may seem weird and unappetizing at first glance, but it's genuine deliciousness.


HAWAIIAN HAY STACKS
(A Utah Classic)

4 C. cooked rice
1 recipe chicken sauce (see below)
Cheese
Slivered Almonds
Chinese noodles
Green Peas
Pineapple Tidbits
Sliced Black Olives
Tomatoes
Green Onions

Serve stacking the rice, chicken sauce and toppings of choice.


CHICKEN SAUCE
(Mindi Original)

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin and cut into bite-size pieces
3 T. butter
½ small onion; grated
1 clove garlic; minced
salt & pepper
3 T. flour
2 C. cream
1 ½ C. chicken stock

1. In a large skilled, melt and heat 3 T. butter over Medium-high heat.
2. Add the onion, garlic and chicken. Season with salt & pepper. Saute in the butter until the chicken is done and starts to brown.
3. Add the flour and toss until evenly distributed throughout the chicken.
4. Add the cream and chicken stock. Stir and bring to a boil.
5. Cook until the sauce thickens to soup like consistency.
6. Season with salt & pepper.


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7 comments:

Lauren said...

I've never heard of this before and I've lived in Utah my whole life! Thanks for sharing! It does look delicious

Barbara Bakes said...

I've had these at church functions but didn't have a recipe. Thanks for sharing yours!

Frieda said...

I've heard of these and they are great, considering people can choose their own toppings...thanks for the chicken sauce recipe!

Heather said...

I have to admit that I hate Hawaiian Hay stacks, my mother-in-law makes them every family get together and my husband and I always gag. Thanks for the Chicken sauce recipe though.

Lindsey said...

I've lived in Utah almost 11 years now and still haven't ever tried hawaiian haystacks. Maybe that will have to change with this recipe. Thanks!

jessica said...

I've always had these with a cream of chicken soup sauce. Yuck! This sounds so much better!

Miller Fam said...

ok so the Aunt? Would that be my mom??? It's been a Lake Powell Meal ever since I can remember. Haven't made them forever tho... thanks for the reminder!

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