Sabroso Saturday: Green Bananas and Chicken Gizzards (Escabeche de Guineos y Mollejas)

It’s Sabroso Saturday (Translation: Tasty Saturday)! The day when we share recipes that have helped us stretch our budget, our imagination and our taste buds, without sacrificing our health!


I first fell in love with Escabeche de Guineos y Mollejas (Spanish Style Green Bananas & Chicken Gizzards) when I was pregnant with my youngest son Andrew. During that time I was on bed rest, so family and friends would come over and cook for us.

One day my best friend, Milly, brought over a pan of green bananas and gizzards. I have to admit I wouldn’t have tasted them if I wasn’t famished. Thankfully, I was because they were delicious!

After the birth of my son, I attempted to make the dish a few times but I have to tell you uncooked chicken gizzards look so unappetizing to me that I cannot eat the dish when I prepare it. Strangely enough, when others cook it I will gobble it up but if I have to touch uncooked gizzards, it gives me the hibbie jibbies.  I know that’s crazy but it’s true!

So although I won’t eat my own, I am passing along Milly’s recipe for your eating pleasure.

¡Buen provecho!

Green Bananas and Chicken Gizzards (Escabeche de guineos y mollejas)

Chicken gizzardsIngredients

  • Green bananas – about 5 pounds
  • Chicken gizzards – about 2 pounds
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 head of garlic or garlic paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper (to taste)



NOTE: You can clean the gizzards before or after boiling. Milly states its easier to clean after since they are softer.


  1. Boil the gizzards till tender (Approximately 2 hours) in a large pot of water.
  2. Once tender, clean the gizzards by removing the greenish yellow hard stuff. As noted above, this can be done before or after boiling.
  3. Once cooked and cleaned, cut gizzard into small pieces.

Green Bananas

  1. Peel the green bananas and boil them in a separate pot for about 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on the bananas to avoid overcooking.
    • NOTE: If you are able to stick a knife through the bananas and they do not fall apart they are done. If, however, they fall apart they are overdone and may turn to mush.
  2. Once done, cut the bananas into 1/2 inch pieces.


  1. If using garlic cloves, smash the cloves into paste. If using garlic paste, you do not need to do anything to them.
  2. Cut the onion into thin slices.
  3. In a bowl mix the garlic paste, sliced onions, bay leaves, and oil. Set aside.
  4. Mix the gizzards, green bananas and seasoned paste together in a large bowl.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Let cool before serving.

TIP: This dish can be prepared a day in advance. Advance preparation also allows the flavor to soak in, giving it a richer taste the day after.

Happy Sabroso Saturday!

Photo Credit: G Wiv on LTHForum.com


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Enjoy & have a healthy Sabroso Saturday!

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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  • Brenda February 19, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Hay que probar estas mollejas! Se ven buenas!
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  • Carolyn G February 19, 2011, 1:12 pm

    All I can say is that this recipe looks interesting.
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  • Gabrielle Morel February 19, 2011, 3:51 pm

    I posted my own link on your Wordless Wednesday post by accident. Oh computers. -_-

    This looks very good! I’ve never eaten Chicken gizzards before because they also give me the hibbie jibbies. My mother in law does however, and I’m sure she’d love this recipe. :) Thanks.
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  • Antonia Blanca February 19, 2011, 6:19 pm

    Ay, mama, I love guineos. This sounds fantastic. My recipe today took forever because I ventured into the world of v-logging. LOL!!! Just uploading the video to Youtube took 3 1/2 hours. Anyway, can’t wait to try this. Looks sooooooo yummy!!! XOXO
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  • Mariana @ The Domestic Buzz February 22, 2011, 6:11 pm

    I’m with you… I often can’t eat what I cook because it grosses me out LOL! Like Caro says… this sounds interesting ;)
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  • Tonia - @TheChattyMomma February 26, 2011, 1:32 pm

    I have never tried gizzards. I have always been nervous about trying new things. The recipe does look good though.
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  • Amy March 5, 2011, 11:08 pm

    I actually tried these and although I was hesitant at first, it was great!

  • Kirsten September 21, 2011, 6:15 pm

    Tried the recipe & I LOVE it! Thank u so much! :)

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