Chicken & Coconut in Banana Leaves

READY IN: 1hr 45mins
Recipe by ElleFirebrand

An American version of a tradional Papua New Guinean technique of wrapping parcels of food in banana leaves. Serve with beer or a crisp, white wine.

Top Review by Jostlori

I'm on the fence on this one. I really liked the marinade, but once the chicken cooked the flavor wasn't very pronounced. The sweet potato absorbed the flavors really well, and the chicken didn't. Perhaps it was something I did, and I'd like to try this one again. Like Muffin Goddess, I didn't do individual packets but rather wrapped the entire thing in really large banana leaf and tied it with string. Placed it in a 9x13 pan and presto. Made for ZWT8 Australia - Team Om Nom Nommers

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together soy sauce, barbecue sauce, ginger and coconut milk.
  3. Place chicken drumsticks, thighs, plantain, and sweet potato in a bowl and pour over the marinade. Marinate 30 minutes.
  4. Gently warm the whole banana leaf over a fire or gas burner until the leaf is pliable but not burnt, 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Cut the leaf into four large squares, measuring at least 30 x 30 cm. Carefully cut four long, thin strips from the rib of the leaf, these will be used as 'string' to tie the packets later.
  6. Place a piece of chicken onto each banana leaf square and evenly divide the vegetables on top. Pour in any remaining marinade and fold the leaves around the chicken like you are wrapping a present.
  7. Securely tie with the rib strips and place the packets onto a baking sheet.
  8. Bake in preheated oven until the chicken is tender and no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour. Check the packets occasionally to make sure they do not burn.

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