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Oven Fried Plantain Chips with Zesty Dip

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Oven fried plantain chips are among my favorite mid-afternoon or evening snacks. They’re super easy to make, and if you bake them in the oven, they’re low in calories.

Oven fried plantains with zesty dip

Furthermore, they’re a fruit that’s actually good for you. Add a side of Greek yogurt for protein.

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. It’s always fun to have something with a dip.

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 because they were fried.

So I worked on this recipe to oven-fry them with much less fat. They’re actually better because you capture more of the flavor of the plantain.

It’s certainly easy to oven fry them, and it’s more nutritious. On top of that, it’s a whole lot less expensive.

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.

In fact, once you start adding different treats to your snack or appetizer table, you might inspire your friends to think outside the box.

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.

Slice the plantain skin lengthwise.

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.

Peel back the plantain skin before you oven fry it.

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. Just be careful not to cut your fingers on the sharp mandolin blades.

Slice the plantains diagonally.

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 or toss them with oil in a bowl.

Plantains on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle salt and chili powder over the slices and bake until they are crisp around the edges. You can make them as crisp as you like.

Salt and chili powder

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.

Oven fried plantains with zesty dip

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.

Don't overlook plantain chips when it's time to come up with a side dish. They're delicious, nutritious, and easy to make.

Are Plantains Good for You?

According to Healthline.com, plantains are packed with all sorts of things that are good for you. They’re loaded with complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Plantains also contain fiber and antioxidants.

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. Most people prefer to cook plantains to soften their texture and bring out the flavors.

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.

Whole plantain

More Recipes

For more delicious recipes, check out Weekend Potluck at South Your Mouth, Meal Plan Monday at Southern Plate, and Foodie Friday.

Yield: 2 servings

Oven Fried Plantain Chips with Zesty Dip

Oven fried plantains with zesty dip

This is the perfect appetizer or snack for any get-together with friends or family.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 moderately ripe plantains
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or olive oil cooking spray)
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a large cookie sheet with olive oil spray.
  2. Peel the plantains by slicing the skin lengthwise and carefully unwrapping them.
  3. Thinly cut the plantains diagonally. This is easier with a mandolin.
  4. Place the plantain slices in a single layer on the cookie sheet.
  5. Spray the top of the plantain slices with olive oil.
  6. Sprinkle the salt and chili powder over the slices.
  7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until they are a light golden brown and crisp around the edges.
  8. Put the plantain slices on a serving plate and garnish with cilantro

Dip:

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. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 410Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 0mgSodium 206mgCarbohydrates 77gFiber 7gSugar 34gProtein 2g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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