Polynesian Chicken Stew

    40 minutes

    Poulet fafa (chicken with taro leaves or spinach) is a traditional Polynesian dish made of chicken, rice, onion, garlic, coconut milk and spinach, topped with shredded coconut.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 20g butter
    • 1/4 cup (70g) chopped onion
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup (250ml) coconut milk
    • 2 cups (500ml) water
    • 1 1/2 cups (230g) uncooked long grain white rice
    • 500g skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 2 cm pieces
    • 1 (250g) packet frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    • 1/3 cup (30g) dessicated coconut

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. In a large, deep frypan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Stir in the onion and garlic, and cook 2 minutes. Mix in the coconut milk, water, rice and chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes, until rice is tender and chicken juices run clear.
    2. Stir the spinach into the frypan and cook just until heated through. Sprinkle with coconut, and serve.

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    This was yum and easy, I thought. My husband said it needed a bit more kick in it, though.  -  02 Sep 2010


    This recipe has many good attributes including quick prep/cook time and few but interesting ingredients. However, the result is a bit bland and leaves something to be desired--particularly salt and seasonings. I had garlic & wine salt on-hand and used it liberally with a dash of hot pepper. My co-chef suggested that chopped up red pepper might do the trick in the future.  -  18 Aug 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    When I was in Tahiti....this was in the buffet of a 5 star hotel. I asked the chefs how to make it...They use HAM/bacon and Chicken boullion and lots of vidalia onions. It is SO DELICIOUS THIS WAY>>>I WOULD NOT LEAVE UNTIL THEY LET ME TALK TO THE CHEF!. I use it with boiled potatoes instead of the rice...it is much much better..more true stew like.  -  22 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)