Polynesian recipe : the chicken fafa

Polynesian recipe : the chicken fafa

This week, Moana Voyages makes travel your taste buds and makes you discover a Polynesian recipe, the chicken fafa. A delicious exotic recipe!

Named “Polynesian spinach”, the fafa is the leaf of the Taro. It’s rich in minerals, iron and calcium. The fafa must be cook for a long time in salted water to avoid a slight irritation on the tongue after eating them. Traditionally, fafa is cook with chicken.
It is this Tahitian recipe that we share with you in this article!
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Preparation time: 20 mn
Cooking time: 40 mn

Ingredients for 6 persons :

the chicken fafa
the chicken fafa
the chicken fafa

– 600 g of fafa (about 50 to 60 leaves). For this recipe you can also use spinach shoots,
– 6 large chicken thighs,
– 35 cl of grated coconut,
– 4 onions – 3 limes – 2 garlic cloves
– 1 chicken bouillon (cube),
– 10 g of maïzena (starch) – hot curry,
– 1 fresh ginger root,
– salt, pepper.

Preparation :

– Start with washing the fafa leaves and removing the hardest portions. Mince them finely and cook for 1/4 hour in water with lime and salt. Drip dry and cool off.
– Peel the onions and dice them along with the ginger.
– Cut the chicken thighs in two or three portions depending on size.
– Heat uo a liter of water with chicken bouillon and bouquet garni.
– Sauté the onion and ginger in a pot. Then add the pieces of chicken, the garlic and slowly brown them.
– When they are brown, add leaves of pre cooked fafa along with the rest of lime juice. Salt and pepper, then add curry and the starch.
– Slowly stir so it won’t stick this for 5 minutes, while regularly wetting with the bouillon.
– Cover and simmer for 40 mn on slow fire.
– Prepare the coconut milk. Plan for two doses, one to thicken the chicken sauce, the other one to cover the dish before serving.

– After cooking, take out the pieces of chicken from the pot along with fafa, thicken the juice with coconut milk without boiling.
– Once the sauce is reduced to half, add chicken and fafa while cooking 5 more minutes on slow fire.
– Serve on a large dish with rice !

Enjoy your meal !

The chicken fafa
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