Both my sister and I were lucky enough to have the most wonderful kindergarten teacher. Her family became friends with ours and we sometimes went to their house to eat delicious things. Once we went over and had Hawaiian Haystacks for dinner — the irony being that this family from Colorado taught my born-and-raised-in-Hawaii family how to make it. It was a chilly (60-something degree) night and they were the only family I knew of that had a fireplace that worked. They turned it on and served this dish, and that night is still the epitomy of coziness in my mind. With winter here, there’s nothing I want more than comfort food that’s easy, quick, and warm, like this.
2 cups uncooked white rice
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can chicken broth
1 rotisserie chicken
Toppings (pick and choose as you please):
- Cook the rice according to the directions on the package. Set aside.
- Combine the cream of chicken soup and the chicken broth. Shred your chicken and add in as much as you like (at least two cups). Stir frequently for about 10 minutes.
- Serve rice and top with the soup mixture (which I call “gravy). Let everyone choose their own toppings!
The flavors all mix together into a creamy, savory, warm meal with a hint of sweetness. Kids love this dish because they can top their haystack with whatever they want! It’s a crowd pleaser, and since it takes just about 20 minutes from start to finish it’s a good one when you’ve got company.
Now I want to know: what are your comfort foods?
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