Jerk Chicken Plantain Bites
Holy cow! I never knew plantains could be so darn good. I’ve used plantains in crepes before but never as a chip. I ended up making these twice, once with plantain chips that I found at the market which only contained plantains and salt and once with homemade baked plantain chips. I must say, flavor-wise, the homemade chips won out as they caramelized a bit and turned darker in the oven. I liked that I could slice them diagonally and therefore get more of that shredded jerk chicken goodness onto each of these jerk chicken plantain bites. The purchased ones were thinner and therefore a little more crispy which I also liked. Plus, I didn’t have to spend time making the chips first. What I’m saying is, they both worked deliciously well so do what you prefer!
The idea for these jerk chicken plantain bites comes from traditional Jamaican fare. A common combination of spices for jerk chicken has just a hint of spice and the plantain is a commonly used fruit in Jamaican cuisine. Having discovered plantain chips at the supermarket, I thought this would be a fantastic fusion to put shredded jerk chicken onto a plantain chip for an easy game day appetizer. I was not disappointed. Even my kids gobbled them up like candy!
- 1 cup shredded cooked chicken (warmed slightly)
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon thyme
- ¼ cumin
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- ⅛-1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise or more if needed for it to hold together
- Plantain chips (homemade or purchased, lightly salted)
- 1-2 tablespoons cilantro or green onion (green part only), chopped
- In a bowl, mix together all ingredients except the plantain chips and cilantro garnish.
- Mix until well combined and sticks slightly together.
- Scoop about a tablespoon onto a plantain chip and top with a small amount of cilantro or green onion for garnish.
- Arrange on a plate and serve.