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Sophie's Healthy Coconut Chicken

"My dad grew up in Honolulu, so at our house we eat a lot of Asian meals. My parents want me to eat vegetables and try new and different foods; however, when I tried spinach, I wasn't too crazy about it on its own," says Sophie. "My mom and I thought of a creative way to add spinach in this dish because it is so nutritious. The other great thing about my Coconut Chicken dish is it can be eaten as a soup or with rice as a bigger meal." - Sophie McKinney Han, age 10, Indiana

Makes 12 servings


  • 3 cups brown rice, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 2 (32-ounce) containers of low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 (13.5-ounce) cans lite coconut milk
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, finely diced
  • 1 pound frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 pinches salt


  1. In a rice cooker or covered stockpot, combine rice with 3 cups water. Cook for about 45 minutes or until it's done.
  2. Meanwhile, make the chicken: In a large stockpot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock and coconut milk, stir and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and spinach, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water. Add to the chicken and stir well until slightly thickened, season with salt, and serve with the rice.

367 calories; 11g fat; 38g carbohydrates; 24g protein

More information about the Kids' State Dinner:

  • Check out the other winning 2014 Kids' State Dinner Recipes here.
  • Learn more about Kids' State Dinner here.