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

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 (Optional) if you want to give a delicious spicy taste 

 

Preparation:

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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. 

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Grated Tomatoes

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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.

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Place chicken into the baking pan.

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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. 

Kali Orexi!!! 🙂

Comments (36)

  • Karin, theaustriandish 6 months ago Reply

    That looks mouthwatering, Sophie!

    foodzesty 6 months ago Reply

    Thank you!! 🙂

  • jyo 6 months ago Reply

    Such a nice recipe…love the adding of aubergines !

    foodzesty 6 months ago Reply

    Thank you Jyo love aubergines..I have another recipes with aubergines will post that soon…So simple but sooooo delicious.

  • diannayota 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago

    Ok well…Ante tote kalo apogeuma or kalo vrady. 🙂

    diannayota 6 months 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 6 months ago

    Yep hahahhaaha…Easier things to learn first in a language 🙂

    diannayota 6 months ago

    Haha well I’m trying to learn future simple tense at the moment.. it’s giving me a headache haha 😂

    foodzesty 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago Reply

    If you need help with Greek steile mou minima….geiaaa

    foodzesty 6 months ago Reply

    Dianna where can I read the article you posted about Greek woman and sports?

    diannayota 6 months 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 6 months ago

    Hi!!! Great when ever your able too…:)

  • mistimaan 6 months ago Reply

    So yummy it is

    foodzesty 6 months ago Reply

    Thank you P! 🙂

  • Thanks Sophie, for making me drool o myself :):):)

    foodzesty 6 months ago Reply

    hahahahahaha Im so sorryyy hahahahahha

    hahahaha I can tell by your laughter 😉 hahaha

    foodzesty 6 months ago

    🙂

    I finally found a block of feta, so I can try that other recipe. YA!!

    foodzesty 6 months ago

    Great let me know if you need any help 🙂

  • Love recipe, Sophie! Great combinations 😍💞

  • dtills 6 months 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 6 months ago Reply

    Hi Dee dee, Yes I am I thought I mentioned this…

  • chefkreso 6 months ago Reply

    I really like aubergines, this is a lovely combo!

    foodzesty 6 months ago Reply

    Thank you 🙂

  • Diana Tyler (Eccentric Muse) 5 months ago Reply

    I love the combination! I just started learning Greek, but I need to make a commitment to get through it. 🙂

    foodzesty 5 months ago Reply

    Your learning Greek? Ok if you need any help let me know 🙂

    Diana Tyler (Eccentric Muse) 5 months 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 5 months ago

    Ok, Kali Arxi!! this mean Have a good beiginning.

    Diana Tyler (Eccentric Muse) 5 months ago

    Thank you! I’ll write this in my notebook now. 🙂

    foodzesty 5 months ago

    🙂

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