Guinea Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk Recipe | Ingredients: Chicken, Oil, Coconut Cream, Spinach, Squash, Garlic, Ginger

Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk

Guinea Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk Recipe | Ingredients: Chicken, Oil, Coconut Cream, Spinach, Squash, Garlic, Ginger
Region / culture: Guinea | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 4


Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk
Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk

Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk is a delicious and nutritious dish that combines tender chicken, creamy coconut milk, and a variety of greens. This recipe is perfect for a hearty and satisfying meal that is sure to please your taste buds.


This recipe has its roots in traditional Filipino cuisine, where coconut milk is a common ingredient used in many dishes. The combination of chicken, greens, and coconut milk creates a flavorful and comforting meal that has been enjoyed for generations.


How to prepare

  1. Remove the skin from the chicken and lightly brown it in the oil with 1 clove of garlic.
  2. Add approximately 0.5 cup of coconut cream and the remaining garlic. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Peel and cut the squash into cubes. Add it to the chicken. Simmer for about 5 more minutes.
  4. Add the greens and let them simmer for about 15 more minutes.
  5. Serve over rice.


  • Substitute chicken with tofu for a vegetarian version of this dish.
  • Add additional vegetables such as bell peppers or broccoli for extra nutrients and flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to remove the skin from the chicken before cooking to reduce the fat content of the dish.

- Browning the chicken before simmering it in coconut milk helps to enhance the flavor of the dish.

- Be sure to simmer the greens for the appropriate amount of time to ensure they are cooked through but still retain their vibrant color and nutrients.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this dish over steamed rice for a complete meal. Garnish with fresh cilantro or chopped peanuts for added flavor and texture.

Cooking Techniques

Browning the chicken before simmering helps to develop a rich flavor in the dish.

- Simmering the greens in coconut milk allows them to absorb the flavors of the dish while retaining their nutrients.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use spinach or kale in place of watercress if desired.

- Substitute butternut squash with sweet potatoes or carrots for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

This dish can be prepared in advance and reheated before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk in a large serving bowl garnished with fresh herbs and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair this dish with a side of steamed jasmine rice and a crisp cucumber salad for a complete and satisfying meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a saucepan over low heat until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 350 per serving


Carbohydrates: 15g per serving


Total Fat: 20g per serving

Saturated Fat: 15g per serving


Protein: 25g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This dish is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals such as potassium and iron.


This recipe contains coconut and may not be suitable for those with coconut allergies.


Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk is a balanced meal that provides a good source of protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals.


Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk is a flavorful and nutritious dish that is perfect for a comforting meal. With a balance of protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your recipe rotation.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a joyful one. It was a warm summer day, and I had just returned from a trip to visit my dear friend, Maria, in the Philippines. Maria was a wonderful cook, and she had prepared a delicious dish for me that I had never tasted before - Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk.

I remember sitting at her kitchen table, savoring every bite of the tender chicken and the creamy coconut milk. The flavors were unlike anything I had ever experienced before - savory, sweet, and slightly spicy all at once. I begged Maria for the recipe, and she graciously shared it with me, explaining each step in detail.

As I returned home, I couldn't wait to recreate the dish for my own family. I gathered all the necessary ingredients - chicken thighs, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and a variety of greens. I followed Maria's instructions carefully, simmering the chicken in the rich coconut milk until it was tender and flavorful.

When I served the dish to my family that evening, they were amazed by the burst of flavors in each bite. My husband declared it one of the best meals he had ever tasted, and my children eagerly asked for seconds. I knew then that this recipe would become a staple in our home.

Over the years, I have made Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk countless times, tweaking the recipe here and there to suit my family's tastes. I have shared it with friends, neighbors, and even strangers who have become friends after tasting it. Each time I make it, I am transported back to that warm summer day in Maria's kitchen, feeling grateful for her generosity in sharing such a delicious recipe with me.

As I reflect on the journey of learning to make this dish, I am reminded of all the other recipes I have collected over the years. Some have been passed down from generations of my family, while others have been shared by friends and acquaintances from around the world. Each recipe tells a story, connecting me to the people and places that have shaped my love for cooking.

I am reminded of my grandmother's old recipe book, filled with handwritten notes and faded clippings from magazines. She taught me the importance of cooking with love and passion, of using fresh ingredients and taking the time to savor each dish. Her recipes have become a part of my own culinary repertoire, carrying on the traditions of my family with each meal I prepare.

As I sit down to enjoy a bowl of Chicken and Greens in Coconut Milk, I am filled with gratitude for the memories and experiences that have brought me to this moment. The flavors of the dish remind me of all the places I have traveled, the people I have met, and the joy I have found in sharing the gift of cooking with others.

And so, I continue to cook and create, always on the lookout for new recipes to add to my collection. Each dish tells a story, a tale of discovery and connection that brings me closer to the ones I love. And as I pass on these recipes to future generations, I hope that they too will find joy in the art of cooking, and the magic of sharing a meal with those they hold dear.


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