Hawaiian haystack

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A Hawaiian haystack (also known as a "chicken sundae") is a convenience cuisine dish composed of a rice base and several toppings. It is prepared by topping rice with toppings such as chicken, chicken gravy, diced pineapple, diced tomatoes, Chinese noodles, cheese, and celery. Traditionally, each topping is prepared in its own dish and presented buffet-style, then added on top of the rice as desired.

It is popular in the western U.S. both as a school lunch and as a quick, customizable meal for family dinners.


The dish did not originate in Hawaii, but derives its name from the Hawaiian character of pineapple, a staple ingredient.