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May 27th, 2011, 09:39 AM
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My family is probably the only family that calls these things tacos. I didn't know there was another name for them until my best friend's family had them and were calling them Hawaiian Haystacks. Either way, they hit the spot and are pretty healthy.

So no real cooking. The only cooking you'll need to do is cooking the rice, cooking the chicken, and heating up the soup mix if you want that. Everything else is left fresh.

These are all the ingredients I have seen for this dish:

-chicken
-rice
-soy sauce
-pineapple (crushed, tidbits, or chunks whichever you prefer, I like crushed)
-La Choy Chow Mein noodles (those kind that are fried to crunchiness and in a can)
-sunflower seeds
-tomatoes
-green peppers
-onions or green onions (green onions makes the flavor soooo different and MUCH better in my opinion)
-celery
-cream of chicken soup

It's a simple and pretty fast to make meal. You can cook the chicken any way you want. Boiling, baking, saute, etc. In the end it just has to be either shredded or cut into little cubes. I prefer boiling with some salt in the water. There's no need for any kind of spice on the chicken unless you want to make the meal really different. I'm sure spice will make it even more delicious but it's already incredibly yummy as is.

If you boil, you won't have to thaw the chicken unless you want the meal to be done even faster. But while the chicken is cooking (if you're boiling or baking), and the rice is cooking, you can chop up the veggies. Just into little 1/4 inch pieces for the green peppers and not too thick on the celery pieces. You want to be able to get a few pieces in each fork/spoonful.

By the time you're done cutting things up, you'll most likely have time to sit down for a little bit. Once the chicken is done you can cut it into little cubes or take two forks and just start shredding. The shredding is easier if you boil. I prefer it shredded because I can really mix it into my rice and stuff.

When all the cooking is done, that's it for prep! Just grab a plate or a bowl and start piling stuff in it. This is how I like mine, in order:

-rice
-chicken
-green peppers, celery, and green onions
-pineapple
-soy sauce

Mine is always really simple. Sometimes I'll feel like adding the noodles or sunflower seeds but that's rare. They're tasty on it and add another texture, but I don't find them necessary. My mom likes everything on the ingredient list but soy sauce. Usually if you like the soup on top you don't do soy sauce and vice versa. And the soup is just heated, no water added. It's gotta be gravy consistency.

I LOVE this meal. It's so quick and so yummy and pretty healthy. You get some of almost every food group. Grain, protein, fruit, veggies, fats (soy sauce or soup). I suppose if you use the soup you get a bit of dairy too, lol.
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