Romanian Chicken with Eggplant Recipe | Ingredients: chicken, eggplants, onion, flour, oil, salt, parsley

Chicken with Eggplant

Romanian Chicken with Eggplant Recipe | Ingredients: chicken, eggplants, onion, flour, oil, salt, parsley
Region / culture: Romania | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes | Servings: 4


Chicken with Eggplant
Chicken with Eggplant

Chicken with Eggplant is a delicious and hearty dish that combines tender chicken with flavorful eggplant. This recipe is perfect for a family dinner or a special occasion.


The combination of chicken and eggplant has been a popular dish in Mediterranean cuisine for centuries. It is believed to have originated in the Middle East and has since spread to other parts of the world.


How to prepare

  1. Cut the eggplants into quarters lengthwise, then halve each quarter.
  2. Sprinkle salt over the eggplants and let them sit for at least half an hour.
  3. Slightly squeeze each piece, coat with flour, and fry in oil.
  4. In a tablespoon of oil, sauté the chicken pieces covered.
  5. Add the grated onion and 2-3 tbsp of water.
  6. Arrange the eggplant pieces over the chicken, sprinkle with parsley, cover, and let it simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until fully cooked.


  • Add diced tomatoes or bell peppers for extra flavor.
  • Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for a lighter version of this dish.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to properly salt the eggplant before cooking to remove any bitterness.

- Squeezing the eggplant after salting helps to remove excess moisture and ensures a crispy texture.

- Browning the chicken before adding the eggplant and baking helps to lock in flavor and moisture.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chicken with Eggplant with a side of rice or crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

Cooking Techniques

This recipe combines frying, sautéing, and baking techniques to create a flavorful and tender dish.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use zucchini or bell peppers instead of eggplant.

- Substitute chicken thighs for a richer flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the chicken and eggplant ahead of time and bake just before serving for a quick and easy meal.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish with fresh parsley or a sprinkle of paprika for a pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Chicken with Eggplant with a light red wine such as Pinot Noir or a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 300 per serving


Carbohydrates: 15g per serving


Fats: 12g per serving


Proteins: 25g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This dish is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals such as potassium and magnesium.


This recipe contains gluten from the flour used to coat the eggplant.


Chicken with Eggplant is a nutritious dish that provides a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, as well as essential vitamins and minerals.


Chicken with Eggplant is a flavorful and satisfying dish that is perfect for a family dinner or special occasion. With a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, as well as essential vitamins and minerals, this dish is as nutritious as it is delicious.

How did I get this recipe?

The moment I found this recipe is etched in my memory forever. It was a warm summer evening, the sun was setting in hues of orange and pink, casting a golden glow over the kitchen. I had just finished preparing a hearty meal for my family when my dear friend, Mrs. Jenkins, dropped by for a visit.

Mrs. Jenkins was a wonderful cook and always had a new recipe up her sleeve. That evening, she brought me a handwritten piece of paper with a recipe for Chicken with Eggplant. I could tell by the smudged ink and faded paper that this recipe had been well-loved and cherished.

As Mrs. Jenkins explained the recipe to me, my mouth watered at the thought of the tender chicken and savory eggplant mingling together in a delectable sauce. I could hardly wait to try it out for myself.

The next day, I gathered all the ingredients and set to work in the kitchen. I carefully followed each step, from marinating the chicken in a blend of spices to sautéing the eggplant until it was perfectly soft and golden brown. The aroma that filled the kitchen was simply divine, and I knew I was in for a treat.

When I served the Chicken with Eggplant to my family that evening, their eyes lit up with delight. The flavors were a perfect blend of savory and sweet, with just a hint of spice to tantalize the taste buds. It was a dish that brought us all together around the dinner table, sharing stories and laughter as we savored each delicious bite.

From that day on, Chicken with Eggplant became a staple in our household. I would make it for family gatherings, potlucks, and even just for a quiet evening at home. The recipe was like a cherished heirloom, passed down from generation to generation, bringing joy and comfort to all who tasted it.

Over the years, I made a few tweaks and adjustments to the recipe, adding my own personal touch here and there. Sometimes I would sprinkle in a little extra garlic or a dash of fresh herbs from my garden. Each time I made the dish, it felt like a labor of love, a way to connect with my family and friends through the simple act of sharing a meal.

As I look back on that fateful day when Mrs. Jenkins shared the recipe with me, I am filled with gratitude. Not only for the delicious Chicken with Eggplant that has brought so much joy to my life, but for the bond of friendship that was forged in that moment. Mrs. Jenkins may have given me a recipe, but she also gave me a gift far greater – the gift of sharing a passion for cooking and creating memories with loved ones.

And so, as I continue to cook and bake my way through life, I carry with me the lessons learned from that simple recipe. The importance of tradition, the value of friendship, and the joy that comes from sharing a meal with those you hold dear. Chicken with Eggplant will always hold a special place in my heart, a reminder of the love and laughter that fills my kitchen every time I make it.


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