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Ivorian Alloco recipe and braised chicken

Ivorian Alloco recipe and braised chicken

Alloco (Aloco or Alloko) are Ivorian fried plantains. Alloco is also consumed in Benin, Nigeria (Dodo), Democratic Republic of Congo (Makemba), Togo (Amanda) and Ghana (Kelewele). The Alloco is served with crushed chilli, braised chicken, braised fish and boiled eggs. In Ivorian capital, the Alloco is sold in the Allocodrome.
Alloco (Aloco or Alloko) is a popular Ivorian dish made from fried plantains. Sliced plantains are sliced and fried in peanut oil. Some recipes include ginger, cayenne pepper, salt, onion, anise, clove or cinnamon. I used peanut oil but other uses palm oil. I served my alloco with braised chicken.

Some ripe plantains

A little salt

Oil for frying

Peel and cut the plantains into cubes.

Then salt the bananas.

Heat the oil in a large skillet and fry the plantain until each side is golden brown.

Remove and place them in a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

6 chicken legs

1/3 cup cilantro

1/3 cup fresh oregano

1/3 cup onions

4 garlic cloves

2 red hot chili pepper (or substitute with 1/2 a teaspoon of red pepper flakes)

3/4 cup oil

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)

1/2 tsp black pepper (or to taste)

1 cube

Bend all the spices together all of the ingredients and set aside.

Place the chicken legs in a medium bowl, add the marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least several hours, or better yet, overnight and up to 24 hours.

Preheat the grill to 300F at the grate level. Basically, the grill should not be very hot.

Grill chicken legs over direct heat, flipping frequently, about every 3 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and internal temperature has reached a minim of 165F.

Let the chicken rest for 3 minutes and serve with the alloco


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