Top chicken with a thick sauce of eggplant and bell peppers that are cooked in the microwave and pureed. Serve with crusty bread for a complete meal.
1 medium eggplant (about 1/2 pound)
2 medium red bell peppers (about 1 pound)
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper, divided
4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon paprika
4 teaspoons lemon juice
How to Make It
Slice eggplant in half lengthwise, and pierce skin with a fork. Cut tops off bell peppers; discard tops, seeds, and membranes. Place eggplant and bell peppers on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high for 8 minutes or until tender.
While the eggplant cooks, combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, ginger, garlic powder, and 1/8 teaspoon red pepper; sprinkle the chicken with the ginger mixture. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook for 6 minutes on each side or until chicken is done.
Combine eggplant and bell peppers in a blender or food processor. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon red pepper, 1 teaspoon oil, paprika, and juice; process until smooth. Serve chicken with sauce.
I found the sauce to be too spicy - perhaps I have hot paprika in my kitchen? However, it was so intriguing in combination with the ginger-spiced chicken, that the overall effect was quite enjoyable. The sauce is smooth and creamy, but you don't actually taste much eggplant under all that spice.
This recipe was super quick and super easy to make, and probably would have been quicker had my blender been cooperating with me. The chicken itself was also good. But over the course of the meal, my Fiance and I felt that the eggplant was too dominant, and although the pepper was noticeable, it seemed to have made the eggplant stand out more, which we came to realize we didn't prefer as the dominant flavor. If you love eggplant then this is for you, but I felt that given the current cooking methods I didn't really love it. I hypothesized possibly roasting the pepper, reducing the eggplant, and possibly increasing the spices (the curry powder sounds interesting), might make this more appealing to me, but I will be hard pressed to make this again.
made this tonight left out the ginger thought it would be too sweet and put in an other seasoning it was an all in all ok dish nothing speshel would cook again just for my family too get my son use to other flaver's but i woud not make for other people.
This was a really quick and easy recipe. We did find it was alittle bland and will definitely add additional salt the next time I prepare it. I served it over egg noodles, which seemed like the perfect side.
GREAT quick recipe! We ended up waiting longer for the brown rice to cook than the meal took to make. A couple of modifications: I had orange peppers I needed to use, so used those instead of the red peppers. My boyfriend added a little sweet curry powder to his sauce and WOW, it made an already excellent dish even better. I would think 1/2 a teaspoon in the blender with the veggies would suffice...It's a keeper either way!
Wow -- you would never guess the sauce is eggplant and bell pepper! Great flavor in both the sauce and the rub for the chicken. I oven roasted the eggplant and charred the pepper under the broiler -- much better flavor than microwaving. I did peel the eggplant after roasting before I pureed it. This recipe proves you don't need a long list of ingredients for great flavors. I plated the chicken on top of a smear of the sauce, also served jasmine rice, CL Lemon Brocolini and garlic flat bread -- and the extra sauce. Great meal; recipe is definitely a keeper.
Outstanding recipe! very easy to do and relatively fast. i did make everything on the grill - eggplants with skin and peppers (then skinned the peppers after they sat in a paper bag for 10 min), and grilled the chicken as well. we couldn't get enough!
I have to admit, at first glance this recipe didn't make my mouth water and I mainly made it for my uber healthy hubby. But after trying it, I was very tempted to lick my plate clean and get a second helping! I'm not much on tomatoes, so I'm going to try this sauce as a substitute! I'm dreaming up chicken parmesean recipes right now! Definitely give it a try! Cutting up the eggplant and peppers into smaller pieces was easier on my old food processor.
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