I am very excited to share this recipe with you all today, it is my tostone chicken gyros drizzled with coconut and mayo tzatziki sauce. It is glutenfree, whole30, paleo, and dairy-free. The recipe’s main carbohydrate is plantains, with veggies, and sauteed chicken. Though I love gyros, gyros are a greek dish, which is usually cooked meat, served on grilled pita bread, topped with veggies and a yogurt sauce called tzatziki. It has more calories, and also contains gluten and dairy.
For those who are not sure what a plantain is, plantains essentially in the banana family, they are larger and green, when ripe they are sweet, just like regular well-known bananas. Plantains can are used in cooking and baking, which is why they are given a different name, depending on which part of the world they come from. Plantains are starchy and mild in flavor, contain less sugar than regular bananas. They are a staple in West and Central Africa, the Caribean, Central, Northern, and parts of Southern America.
In Ghana green plantains are boiled and eaten with a sauce, converted into fufu which is eaten with soup. Yellow plantains are fried and eaten with bean stew (Koko and beans), turned into kelewele (diced fried plantains, seasoned with ginger, pepper, and salt) and the list goes on. All the foods I ate as a child. Plantains have always been a favorite of mine, though I was never a fan of the green plantain.
Tostones are found in the Caribean and Latin American cuisines. There are several names for this type of preparation of plantains. They are twice-fried green plantains. The plantains are lightly fried in oil, mashed and fried again for a few minutes. Often they are eaten with sauce or topped with meat. Depending on the country you are in. ( source, Wikipedia).
My recipe is great because it starts off with the tostone, then topped with sweet twice-fried plantain, so you have basically a double layer. The chicken is then added, along with vegetables, and sauce on top. I literally could eat this every day. Each bite gives you the sweetness from the fried plantain which sets it apart from other recipes. Tostones are pretty easy to make as long as you follow the recipe. The key is not to break the smashed plantain prior to the second fry. The tzatziki sauce is so delicious even without yogurt. I do have a none whole30/paleo version of it in on my Instagram feed from March of last year. Scroll down and feed the recipe directly underneath the photo. This recipe does not disappoint.