Saturday, June 14, 2008

Chicken Fa fa (Tahitian Recipe)

(Tahitian chicken with Taro leaves or substitute w/ Spinach)

Yield: 4-6 servings

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 lbs-
Taro leaves (fa fa), The taro must be cooked in saltwater first to remove irritating cacium oxalate

from the leaves.)

or
Spinach (stems removed, chopped)

(If using frozen spinach, thaw first.

Then squeeze dry before adding to the simmering chicken.)


2-3 Tbsp- Oil

1 1/2 lbs -whole Chicken thighs

(Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts if you like. Cut into cubes before sautéing.)

2 -Onions chopped finely

2-4 -cloves of Garlic minced

1" -piece of Ginger root peeled and minced

1 1/2 cups -Stock or water


Salt & pepper -to taste

2-3 tsp- Cornstarch or arrowroot

1 cup- Coconut cream (Coconut cream is the thick coconut milk that rises to the top of a can of coconut milk.

Don't shake the can before you open it and you can skim it right off the top.)


Basic Steps: Simmer → Brown → Sauté → Simmer → Thicken → Finish with coconut cream

1.If using taro leaves, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the taro leaves, reduce heat and simmer

for 30-40 minutes. Drain and squeeze dry. If using spinach, skip this step and proceed to Step 2.

2. Heat the oil over medium-high flame in a large pot. Brown the chicken on all sides in the hot oil. Remove to

a plate. Sauté the onion, garlic and ginger in the remaining oil till the onion is translucent. Add back the

chicken pieces, stock or water, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered for about 20

minutes. Add the taro leaves or spinach and simmer another 15 minutes till chicken is tender.

3. Stir the cornstarch or arrowroot into 2-3 tablespoons of cold water and then stir into the simmering sauce

to thicken lightly. Stir in coconut cream to finish and serve over rice.

(My tip-I love this with yams or sweet potatoes too!)

1 comment:

Sleepless In St. George said...

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