Ripe Plantain Cups w. Spicy Chicken and Avocado Mayo

Ripe Plantain Cups w. Spicy Chicken and Avocado Mayo Recipe: Juicy, spicy chicken on top of a bed of melted cheddar in a cup of sweet ripe plantains and drizzled with creamy, garlicky avocado mayo. It's a thing of beauty!
Course Party
Cuisine Dominican
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 215kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 3 large ripe plantains , or 4 medium ones (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons of salt (or more, to taste), divided
  • 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil (soy, peanut, or corn), divided
  • 1 small white onion , diced
  • 1/4 cup of diced red bell pepper
  • 1 supermarket rotisserie chicken breast , boned and shredded
  • 1 cup of seasoned tomato sauce (how to make it)
  • 1 teaspoon of your preferred hot sauce (or more, to taste)
  • 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of avocado mayo (how to make it)
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro


  • Boil the plantains: Peel and halve the plantains, boil in a 2 qt [0.5 lt] pot with enough water to cover them, plus an inch" [2.5 cm]. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water. Once the plantains are cooked through (about 15 mins.), remove from the water and discard water. Set plantains aside.
  • Prepare filling: Heat one tablespoon of oil over low heat in a frying pan. Stir in onion. Cook and stir until it turns translucent. Add the bell pepper and shredded chicken and mix well. Pour in tomato sauce and simmer until the tomato has mostly evaporated. Season with salt and hot sauce to taste.
  • Form the cups: Grease 8 non-stick muffin tins with some of the oil. Lightly mash the plantains (do not make into a puree). Scoop eight equal parts into the greased tins. Using the mortar part of a mortar and pestle press against the tin forming the cups. Brush the plantain cups with remaining oil.
  • Cook the cups: Heat oven to maximum temperature (you can also use a toaster oven for faster cooking). Place the muffin tins in the oven and cook until edges turn light brown (see picture). Remove from the oven. Divide cheese into the plantain cups, and press lightly. Scoop the chicken into the cups and return to the oven for another 5 minutes.

  • Serve: Loosen the edges of the cups with a toothpick. Carefully remove from the muffin tins (a fork is best for this. Place the cups on a serving tray. Using a condiment bottle, drizzle avocado mayo on the cups. Sprinkle with cilantro.


The plantains should be ripe but still firm, with a partly blackened peel. 


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 833mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1031IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg