Super easy gluten free summer dinner recipe

easy gluten free summer dinner recipe

I tend to overcomplicate things.  If there’s a backwards 20-step process to get something done, I’ll do it.  If I need to find shortest distance between two lines, I skip the lines altogether and make a circle around them.  I draw the radius and find the area, and write a short essay on the nature of mankind and why it’s important not to focus on the distance of the lines but the reason they exist in the first place.

It’s just a thing I do.  I try really hard not to make my life trickier than it is, (it’s plenty tricky on its own) but I overthink almost everything, including dinner.  But I’ve seen the light and the light says it doesn’t have to be that way, so here’s a suuuuuuper super easy gluten free dinner recipe.

No two lines, no circle, no philosophy, just dinner.

super easy gluten free dinner

Hawaiian haystacks.  If you ever tried this dinner you know it’s the easiest recipe ever.  It’s tasty, especially with fresh ingredients and eaten outside somewhere.  Maybe for a picnic at a sunny park.

Ingredients for a super easy gluten-free summer dinner recipe:

  • 2-4 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup cheese
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles (make your own if you are gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup for gravy
  • 2 cups cooked, diced chicken

This recipe feeds my family of 4 so double and triple as needed.  The regular recipe isn’t straight up gluten free, so I modified it for myself (I also skimped on the cream, cheese, and chicken – vegan style).

gluten free dinner recipe

Prep: warm 2 cans of cream of chicken soup and add 2 cups cooked chicken.  Once the gravy is warm and bubbly it’s time to eat.  You can make another gravy cream base mixed in with a 2 cups of cooked chicken added in if you hate the way cream of chicken tastes.

Grab all your ingredients and put them in small serving dishes in the middle of the table, because Hawaiian haystacks are a social dining event.  Let everyone make their own haystack; I layer the rice, chicken gravy, chow mein noodles, chopped celery, pineapple, almonds, and cheese in that order.  You’re making a haystack here and I’m for sure not the boss of you, so layer how you want.

easy gluten free dinner recipe

It looks like a haystack.  Get it?  Dinner is served.

— Did you know I’m a community leader in Udi’s Gluten Free Living Community?  It’s a great resource whether you’re diagnosed with Celiac disease or just trying to feel better like me. —

(Here’s a recipe to make your own gluten free chow mein noodles.  I haven’t tried the recipe but I’ll get around to it eventually.)

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Emily :

    I had no idea these are gluten free. That’s cool! I like to mix my cream of chicken soup with a can of coconut milk. So yummy! I think I’m going to make my own cream of chicken soup next time. . . . :)

    • Allison :

      I don’t blame you on the chicken soup, it can be totally nasty.
      It’s funny how much stuff is really gluten free, just not *labeled*, I’m learning to change my perspective a bit.

  2. Kelleyn :

    Hawaiian Haystacks! My boys love these!

  3. Catherine :

    Hey guys, just so you know…

    Unless the cream of chicken soup is marked “gluten free”, it probably contains wheat. Campbell’s does, in the form of “modified food starch”.

  4. DeeDee V. :

    This is an awesome idea! And so simple – what a great new summer staple dinner.

  5. Kataskevi :

    It looks great!

    • Allison :

      thank you!