Taisi Moa (Samoan Chicken Baked in Banana Leaves)

Recipe by Artandkitchen
READY IN: 1hr 30mins




  • In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, barbeque sauce (I used a Chinese one), ginger and coconut milk. Check the taste of the marinade adding more soy sauce, barbecue sauce or ginger to your taste.
  • Place the chicken, plantain and sweet potato in a large bowl and pour over the marinade. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Gently warm the banana leaf over a fire until the leaf is pliable (do not burn it), just 3 minutes. (Istead of banana leaf and baking sheet, you can use a baking mold with lid, it's not the same but it's better then nothing).
  • Cut the leaf into four large squares from 30 x 30 cm.
  • Place the chicken onto the banana leaf square and evenly divide the vegetables on top.
  • Pour any remaining marinade and fold the leaves around the chicken.
  • Tie the package and place them in a baking sheet (lined with baking paper).
  • Bake in a previously pre-heated oven at 180°C until the chicken is tender and completely done (around 1 hour).
  • Check the package occasionally to make sure they do not burn.