Throw 6 chicken breasts (salted and peppered) into your slow cooker until done (around 4 hours depending on your slow cooker and the size of the chicken), or cook your chicken however you like.
Make a roux with the butter and flour, then add the chicken stock. Make it as thick or thin as you like:
1 stick butter
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour (approx.)
3 cans (regular size) chicken stock (or make your own)
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook two cups brown rice per directions on the bag. It will take about 40 minutes. This is the base of the haystack.
When the chicken is done, mix it with the gravy. Yes, it's so complicated. The chicken and gravy go on the rice, and then we pile on the goods!
Celery (Cut up one bunch)
Green Onions (chop up one bunch)
Pepper (I prefer yellow--chop one up)
Water chestnuts (sometimes I enjoy these on top; sometimes I feel they detract--you decide)
Chow mein noodles usually go on these, but they're made with white flour and sugar, and they're very processed (maybe I should experiment with making my own). If anyone knows of a good substitute for them, or if you think of anything else that would be great on haystacks, let us know!