I loved the flavor of the chicken, but not the texture or flavor of the sweet potatoes and plantains. I used a spicy Korean BBQ sauce which was fantastic in this. I would definitely make this again with just the chicken (skin removed because it does not brown up prettily, or boneless breast meat). As far as the packets go, I used individual baking dishes and lined them with a banana leaf. Then I put in the chicken and vegetables and covered with another banana leaf. I covered the whole dish tightly with aluminum foil.
The chicken was amazing! I have never tried plantains before, and they were really dry and bland so we all picked them out. I had 2 banana leaves, and it wasn't enough to wrap four packets, so I used my 13x9 glass baking dish, and put one leaf on the bottom, then added the chicken and veggies, and then covered it with the other leaf, and then tinfoil. It only took 25 minutes to bake spread out like that. :-) For ZWT7
I thought this would be a difficult/time consuming recipe to make, but it was a lot easier to make than I thought it would be! The only problem was tieing the banana leaves around the chicken, but I think it was because I was all thumbs on that part, so I just did the best I could and it still turned out wonderful. The chicken came out moist and flavourful, leaving me wanting more!
I did add 1 onion peeled and sliced in half then sliced. And 1 tablespoon chopped lime basil. Season the chicken before tossing into the marinade with salt and pepper. Baked at 350 degrees. Used only chicken legs. The banana leaf aroma really makes this it also kept the chicken very very moist! Thanks. Made for ZWT 2011
It's just a very bland recipe, and nothing like the Samoan food I've tried before. The plantains needed some extra flavoring, and possibly this recipe would've been better with bananas (which aren't as starchy). The only thing that saved this recipe is that the coconut milk made the chicken tender.