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Chicken In Banana Leaves

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  Achiote paste 5 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Salad oil 2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Large, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  Tomatoes 2 Large, cut into 1/2 inch-thick slices
  Frying chicken 4 Pound, cut into quarters
  Banana leaves 4
  Ti leaves 8 , stemmed
  Boiling water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)

Prepare .Achiote Paste; set aside.
Heat oil in a wide frying pan over medium heat.
When oil is hot, add onion and cook, stirring, until soft (about 5 minutes).
Add tomatoes and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the paste; continue to cook, stirring gently, until tomatoes are soft (1 to 2 minutes).
Rinse chicken and pat dry.
Using a sharp knife, deeply pierce chicken all over.
Rub 1 tablespoon of the paste on each quarter; place each on a banana leaf (or 2 overlapping ti leaves) and top with a quarter of the tomato mixture.
Fold leaves around chicken; tie securely.
Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or until next day.
Arrange bundles in a 9- by 13-inch baking dish; pour in water.
Cover and bake in a 300° oven until chicken is tender when pierced through leaves (1 1/2 to 13/4 hours).
Slit leaf packets and peel back leaves.
Increase oven temperature to 450° and continue baking, uncovered, until chicken is browned (about 10 more minutes)

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Chicken In Banana Leaves Recipe