Oven fried plantain chips are among my favorite mid-afternoon snacks. They’re super easy to make, and if you bake them in the oven, they’re low in calories. Furthermore, they’re actually good for you.
My husband enjoys having a treat while he watches golf tournaments on TV. So I try to come up with foods he’ll enjoy. This one never fails to get his attention.
I used to purchase packages of ready-made plantain chips, and they were good. Then I realized I was getting a crazy amount of calories I didn’t need, so I worked on this recipe to oven-fry them. It’s certainly easy, and it’s more nutritious. On top of that, it’s a whole lot less expensive.
After I first discovered these delicious little treats I would buy a bag and eat the whole thing at one sitting. However, that stopped when I looked at the nutrition information and saw the high calorie count After all, they were fried.
Oven Fried Plantain Chips for a Snack Table
There is nothing wrong with veggie trays, chips, and dip. In fact, I think they’re great for get-togethers. But once you add a platter of these oven fried plantain chips and some Chex party mix, your friends will think you’re brilliant. Another great treat is this delicious popcorn.
How to Make Oven Fried Plantain Chips
Make a slice lengthwise down the side of each plantain skin. Be careful not to cut through too much.
Carefully peel back the skin and remove it to expose what’s inside. It looks a lot like a banana, but it tastes more like a potato.
Slice the plantains diagonally. It crisps up more quickly if you make thin slices. If you have a mandolin, you can make thinner slices that are more consistent.
Place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and spray them with olive oil. If you don’t have the spray, you can drizzle the oil over them.
Sprinkle salt and chili powder over the slices and bake until they are crisp around the edges.
I made some delicious zesty dip that is super easy and quick. Mix sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and chopped cilantro. I also added a hint of honey to balance the sourness of the sour cream and lemon juice.
Frequently Asked Questions About Plantains
Plantains are a favorite dish wherever they grow, including Central America, South America, Caribbean countries, and in parts of Asia. Most people fry them and use them as a side dish.
What is the Difference Between a Banana and a Plantain?
Although they look very similar, the plantain has a much thicker skin and is usually cooked before eating. A banana is easier to peel. Since it’s sweeter than a plantain, you typically eat it raw.
Are Plantains Healthy for You?
Yes, they are very good for you. They provide vitamins A, B-6, and C as well as minerals such as potassium and magnesium. They’re also an excellent source of fiber.
Can You Eat a Raw Plantain?
A raw plantain won’t make you sick, but it doesn’t taste very good until it’s fried or baked. It needs to be cooked to bring out the delicious flavor.
Are Plantains Good if They are Black?
They are good, but they’re difficult to work with because when they’re black they’re ripe. And when they’re ripe they’re too soft to work with.
Do Plantains Need to Be Refrigerated?
Keep them at room temperature until they are ripe. After they ripen, you can keep them in the refrigerator for about a week. Once they’re put in the fridge they stop the ripening process. You can also freeze them for a couple of weeks.
Other Blogs I Enjoy
Since I’m such a foodie, I read quite a few blogs written by people who have great recipes. Here are some good ones:
Back to My Southern Roots
Make It to Friday
Julia’s Simply Southern
Big Bear’s Wife
Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Sweet Little Bluebird
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
The Country Cook
The Pin Junkie
- 2 moderately ripe plantains
- 1 tablespoon of chili powder
- Dash of salt
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or olive oil cooking spray)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a large cookie sheet with olive oil spray.
- Peel the plantains by slicing the skin lengthwise and carefully unwrapping them.
- Thinly cut the plantains diagonally. This is easier with a mandolin.
- Place the plantain slices in a single layer on the cookie sheet.
- Spray the top of the plantain slices with olive oil.
- Sprinkle the salt and chili powder over the slices.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes until they are a light golden brown and crisp around the edges.
- Put the plantain slices on a serving plate and garnish with cilantro
Use any kind of dip you prefer. I made a zesty dip by mixing 2 parts sour cream with 1 part mayonnaise. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon and season with cilantro. If you want a hint of sweetness, add a squirt of honey and mix well.
Amount Per Serving Calories 410 Total Fat 15g Saturated Fat 2g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 12g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 206mg Carbohydrates 77g Fiber 7g Sugar 34g Protein 2g