Ancho Chicken with Plantain and Green Garlic

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Preparation Time 20 minutes Total Time 120 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $2.93
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6Chicken Thighs
1Red Onion, thinly sliced
5Ancho Chilies, seeds and stem removed
1 1/2 cupsHot Water
2 tbspTomato Paste
1 tbspDried Oregano
1 tspGround Cumin
1 tbspOlive Oil
2Ripe Plantains, diagonal sliced 1/4 inch thick
To TasteSalt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Green Garlic Dressing
2 bulbsGreen Garlic (or 4 cloves regular garlic)
1/4 cup eachFresh Mint and Fresh Parsley
1/2Jalapeno, seeds removed (optional)
1Lime, juice and zest
2 tbspExtra Virgin Olive Oil
To TasteSalt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients for green garlic dressing in a food processor and pulse until well blended but still chunky.
  3. Use half of the dressing to marinade the chicken and put in the refrigerator. Store the rest of the dressing separately.
  4. Cover the dried chilies in hot water and let soak for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add soft chilies, and 1 cup of the soaking water, tomato paste, oregano and cumin into a food processor and blend until smooth. Season with pinch of salt and pepper.
  6. Add onion and chicken to a baking dish, pour in the ancho chili sauce and cover dish with lid or foil.
  7. Bake for 90 minutes.
  8. In a saute pan over medium high heat, add the oil. Cook the plantains about 3 minutes per side until golden brown.
  9. Shred the cooked chicken with 2 forks, serve with the plantains and top with the extra green garlic dressing.


  • Wondering what the difference between green garlic and garlic scapes is? Scapes are the green shoots that grow out of the garlic bulb and loop around. The scapes are trimmed from the bulb so the garlic bulb will grow larger. Green garlic is garlic that is picked after the scape straightens. It looks like a green onion.
  • Green garlic and scapes are rich in sulfur compounds that may strengthen the immune system and reduce the impact of stress on the body.
  • Garlic contains ajoene, a compound that prevents blood clotting and lowers blood pressure. Allyl sulfides in garlic may help fight cancer. In cell studies, this compound has been shown to cause cancer cells to self-destruct (called apoptosis).