I’ve been introduced to this fun and delicious meal by a couple different people over the past several years. Essentially, it’s chicken gravy served over rice — but with an assortment of fun toppings ranging from pineapple to celery to chow mein noodles.
One of the great things about this meal is that it’s easy to serve family-style for a large group. Simply place each topping in its own bowl, so that everyone can make their own combinations. We made an Asian-inspired chicken gravy, but you could also make a traditional gravy or even use a chicken curry sauce instead. We hope you give it a try!
Javanese dinner (aka Hawaiian haystacks)
By Jane and Michael’s Gourmet Extravaganza
For the chicken gravy:
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- Seasoned salt
- Black pepper
- 1 Tbsp teriyaki sauce
- Dash of sesame oil OR curry powder (optional)
Cook the chicken breasts using your favorite method (I had frozen chicken breasts, and just microwaved them until cooked through). Let cool and cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
Meanwhile, melt 3 Tbsp of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and let simmer for 1-2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, and then add the cubed chicken. Bring to a boil and let simmer until thickened, stirring often. Season to taste with seasoned salt and black pepper. Stir in the teriyaki sauce and sesame oil/curry powder a couple minutes before serving.
For serving (choose at least 5-6 toppings):
- Cooked rice
- Chow mein noodles
- Minced yellow onion or green onion
- Diced celery
- Diced red or orange bell pepper
- Diced tomato
- Fresh cilantro
- Pineapple tidbits
- Sliced bananas
- Unsweetened flaked coconut
- Sliced almonds or peanuts
- Shredded cheddar cheese
To serve, assemble desired toppings over rice (ending with the cheese, if you’re using it, so that it will get melted). Pour chicken gravy over the top. Enjoy!