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    Chicken Baked in Banana Leaves With Pickled Onions

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    1 hr 30 mins

    30 mins

    1 hr

    Az B's Note:

    From Better Homes & Gardens Mexican Edition. If banana leaves are unavailable, use tin foil instead, though the flavor will be affected.

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    Serves: 4-6


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    1. 1
      For marinade - place the annatto seeds, whole peppercorns, allspice, 1/2 tsp oregano, and cumin seeds in spice grinder and grind to fine powder.
    2. 2
      In a small bowl, stir together the ground spices, orange peel, orange juice, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 cloves garlic, and onion.
    3. 3
      Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag set in a deep bowl. Pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag, turn to coat. Marinate in fridge for 6-24 hours, turning occasionally.
    4. 4
      Cut banana leaves into 12x9" rectangles. Loosely roll up and place in a steamer basket over, but not touching, boiling water. Cover and steam 20-30 minutes or until leaves are soft and pliable. Remove and cool.
    5. 5
      Remove chicken from marinade, discard marinade. Place 1-2 chicken pieces on each banana leaf. Wrap leaves around chicken. Over wrap with foil and seal tightly.
    6. 6
      Place wrapped chicken in single layer in a shallow baking pan.
    7. 7
      Bake in 375°F oven for 1 hour or until instant read thermometer inserted into chicken reads 180°F.
    8. 8
      Meanwhile for pickled red onions - place onions in a 3 quart stainless steel or nonstick saucepan. Add boiling water to cover. Let stand 1 minute. Drain well.
    9. 9
      Return onion rings to saucepan, stir in vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp oregano, cracked black pepper, and 2 cloves garlic.
    10. 10
      Bring to boiling, reduce heat Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until onions are tender.
    11. 11
      Remove from heat, transfer to a small glass bowl. Let stand until cool, about 45 minutes, stirring occassionally.
    12. 12
      To serve carefully remove foil from chicken. Serve chicken in banana leaves with pickled onions.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicken Baked in Banana Leaves With Pickled Onions

    Serving Size: 1 (321 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 720.9
    Calories from Fat 404
    Total Fat 44.9 g
    Saturated Fat 12.9 g
    Cholesterol 238.8 mg
    Sodium 670.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 29.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.7 g
    Sugars 7.9 g
    Protein 51.8 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    annatto seeds

    whole allspice

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