Tahitian chicken and spinach
( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Tam West
This is based on Tahiti’s coconut fafa chicken. Fafa is a taro with more tender leaves, also known as Polynesian spinach.
These leaves need to be boiled in salt water for quite sometime before using to avoid irritation on the tongue. I enjoyed something similar as part of a traditional ahima’a (Tahiti’s version of a hangi) at the Tiki Village, Moorea. I have used spinach, and added kumara which helps thicken the sauce. You can thicken with a cornflour slurry instead if you wish.
Click here to read more about my recent trip to Tahiti.
- Stir-fry onion, garlic, ginger and kumara in oil over a medium-low heat until onion is translucent.
- Turn up heat, add chicken and stir-fry until brown.
- Turn heat back down and add chicken stock and spinach. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
- Add coconut cream, season with salt and pepper and cook a couple of minutes until hot.
- Serve with chopped tomatoes mixed with a little lemon juice and French bread to mop up the delicious juices.