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Tempting Oven Baked Chicken & Aubergines (Kotopoulo me Melitzanes sto fourno)

Hiiii, just got back from my Dutch lesson…Yes, I have been taking Dutch lessons for a year  on and off.  Trying to learn a language that is  more difficult than the Greek language!!  If your a native English speaker it’s very confusing.  For example let’s say you go to the supermarket and your at the register to pay, instead of  51.00 euros which is the total amount you see, they tell you the amount is 15.00 euros, they switch the numbers around….I still can’t understand why this is done. 🙂 But I have to admit I have a super great teacher who talks slowly and I can understand her and she has helped me so I am able to  understand what I’m reading 🙂 at least most of  the time and I can also write a bit, but talking Uxxxxxx!!!…That’s a whole different story. 🙂  I also have my Dutch friends who have been super supportive and try to talk to me in Dutch but then for some reason the conversation quickly turns into English..hehehe  (back to the recipe) 🙂

One of the first things my mom gave me before I got married was a Greek Cookbook from a Greek Chef from back in the 60’s.  When I started going through the Cookbook I noticed that it had some wonderful recipes and colorful pictures, at the time I thought to myself how so far ahead of his time he was for a Greek Chef. (When we first moved to the Netherlands the first thing I packed was this cookbook just love it) The first recipe I tried from his cookbook, and mind you I was barely speaking, writing or reading Greek  at the time was Pastichio.  I followed his recipe step by step with a dictionary next to me, and of course calling my mom whenever I needed some extra help.  The second recipe I tried and I absolutely feel in love with is this recipe I am posting today, with a few tweaks of my own,  this recipe is my absolute favorite because it combines both chicken and aubergines 🙂 and with the addition of cinnamon uhhhh!!!  the taste and smell is just to die for.



Just a few quick tips it is best to have sautéd the chicken before adding all the other ingredients into the baking pan.  I find that if you sauté the chicken it doesn’t need as much time in the oven.  Sprinkle salt on the chicken before you sauté in a frying pan…(this is my little trick) 🙂

TEMPTING OVEN BAKED CHICKEN & AUBERGINES (KOTOPOULO ME MELITZANES STO FOURNO)

Ingredients

  • 4 pieces of Chicken Breasts
  • 4 large fresh Tomatoes grated
  • 2 teaspoons of Tomato Paste
  • 2 large Aubergines chopped
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Onions diced
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Parsley
  • 1 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 1 cup Olive Oil of which 1/3 is for frying
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika (Optionaif you want to give a delicious spicy taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the Aubergines into cubes or large pieces…put them in a bowl with salted water and let them sit for 1/2 hour. Drain until all excess water has gone.
  2. Grated Tomatoes
  3. In a sauce pan add some olive oil and sauté the chicken. Once that is done place chicken aside. Add into the sauce pan all the ingredients except for the olive oil that is left over and bell pepper. Cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Place chicken into the baking pan.
  5. Top with the veggie mix, bell pepper, olive oil…mix gradually. Cover with a piece of aluminum foil and place in oven. Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees and bake for 1 hr 30 min.

Comments (36)

  • That looks mouthwatering, Sophie!
    foodzesty 1 year ago Reply
    Thank you!! :)
  • jyo 1 year ago Reply
    Such a nice recipe...love the adding of aubergines !
    foodzesty 1 year ago Reply
    Thank you Jyo love aubergines..I have another recipes with aubergines will post that soon...So simple but sooooo delicious.
  • diannayota 1 year ago Reply
    Oh wow good on you for learning Dutch, I can't even imagine how hard that would be! I'm learning Greek at the moment and find it so challenging haha 😂 Your recipe for this sounds so delicious!!!
    foodzesty 1 year ago Reply
    Your learning GREEK??? Kai auto poli duskoli glossa :) Another language that needs much work...A good tip to learn any language take a ruler yes a ruler and put it under the sentence and say the words outloud...Believe it or not it works. :) Thank you for the nice comment it was delicious :)
    diannayota 1 year ago
    haha yes I am learning Greek!! I completely agree about with you about how difficult the language is to learn.. especially for English speakers!! I love learning it though because it's part of my heritage so it actually means something to me haha Thank you so much for the tip!! I am forever reading the words out loud :) I'm sure it drives my husband crazy! Now I'll just have to add the ruler!!
    foodzesty 1 year ago
    Ok well...Ante tote kalo apogeuma or kalo vrady. :)
    diannayota 1 year ago
    Haha ok you are testing me now! you saying either good afternoon or goodnight to me...? 😳😬🙈 it’s καλό βράδυ here haha do you write using the Greek letters too? Xx
    foodzesty 1 year ago
    Yep hahahhaaha...Easier things to learn first in a language :)
    diannayota 1 year ago
    Haha well I’m trying to learn future simple tense at the moment.. it’s giving me a headache haha 😂
    foodzesty 1 year ago
    Slowly I spoke absolutely no greek when we moved there from the states. It took me a couple of years and sometimes I still don't understand many words...
    diannayota 1 year ago
    Yeah I can understand that. Having the confidence to speak it there is another thing too. I just want I be able to learn enough so I can have a little conversation haha 😂 hopefully one day!!
    foodzesty 1 year ago Reply
    If you need help with Greek steile mou minima....geiaaa
    foodzesty 1 year ago Reply
    Dianna where can I read the article you posted about Greek woman and sports?
    diannayota 1 year ago
    Funnily enough I still need to purchase my own article from the journal's website! I only have the copy I submitted to them which they published but it's not the "official one". I intend on buying it sometime soon and when I do I'll try and work out how add it to my blog :)
    foodzesty 1 year ago
    Hi!!! Great when ever your able too...:)
  • mistimaan 1 year ago Reply
    So yummy it is
    foodzesty 1 year ago Reply
    Thank you P! :)
  • Thanks Sophie, for making me drool o myself :):):)
    foodzesty 1 year ago Reply
    hahahahahaha Im so sorryyy hahahahahha
    hahahaha I can tell by your laughter ;) hahaha
    foodzesty 1 year ago
    :)
    I finally found a block of feta, so I can try that other recipe. YA!!
    foodzesty 1 year ago
    Great let me know if you need any help :)
  • Love recipe, Sophie! Great combinations 😍💞
  • dtills 1 year ago Reply
    You are taking Dutch lessons! How cool! I had no idea, I wish I could speak Dutch with you-but maybe we should just stick to cooking together :)
    foodzesty 1 year ago Reply
    Hi Dee dee, Yes I am I thought I mentioned this...
  • chefkreso 1 year ago Reply
    I really like aubergines, this is a lovely combo!
    foodzesty 1 year ago Reply
    Thank you :)
  • Diana Tyler (Eccentric Muse) 1 year ago Reply
    I love the combination! I just started learning Greek, but I need to make a commitment to get through it. :)
    foodzesty 1 year ago Reply
    Your learning Greek? Ok if you need any help let me know :)
    Diana Tyler (Eccentric Muse) 1 year ago
    Yes, I am trying to. I'll appreciate all the help that I can get. At the moment, I am learning the alphabet.
    foodzesty 1 year ago
    Ok, Kali Arxi!! this mean Have a good beiginning.
    Diana Tyler (Eccentric Muse) 1 year ago
    Thank you! I'll write this in my notebook now. :)
    foodzesty 1 year ago
    :)

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