The Insider’s Guide to Healthy Hawaii: Chicken Luau

Save time cooking your taro leaves by buying frozen instead of fresh.

Medically reviewed in February 2022

Craving some luau stew but don’t have the time to make it? Don’t despair. Just thaw a package of frozen luau and simmer it with chicken to make this simple stew, which can also be made with beef or squid.

Fresh luau, which are the leaves of the taro plant, must be cooked in water for at least an hour before eating. While fresh produce is usually the best choice whenever possible, frozen cooked luau are a godsend for busy, hungry people. 

CHICKEN LUAU

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp. Hawaiian salt, divided
  • Water to cover, plus 1/2 cup
  • 13 1/2 oz. can coconut milk
  • 24 oz. package frozen luau, thawed

Instructions
Slice chicken into cubes.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and saute chicken with 1 teaspoon of the salt until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until chicken is tender, about 30 minutes.

Drain water and rinse chicken. Return saucepan to stovetop and add 1/2 cup water, coconut milk and taro leaves. Stir in taro leaves and heat through, mixing well. Add remaining salt. Makes 6 servings.

Per serving: Calories 280, protein 26 g, carbohydrates 6 g, total fat 16 g, saturated fat 10 g, cholesterol 110 mg, sodium 1,090 mg, fiber 2 g, total sugar 2 g

This content originally appeared on Island Scene.

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