Mediterranean Chicken Stuffed Eggplant! Healthy and Delicious!


I was so inspired to cook after watching a documentary film “IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE” on Netflix! Finally, I found the perfect Flavour Heaven for me since I like recipes with an international flair!

Israeli cuisine is a delicious melting pot of Mediterranean countries, Middle Eastern neighbors as well as Eastern Europe and Russia. With lots of dishes that use Lamb, Olives, and Eggplants. All of my favorites! 

After watching another program where they showed that you can buy Freshly Squeezed Pomegranate juice on the street in Israel, our addiction to Pomegranate juice began. Plus it’s extremely healthy! We drink it almost daily! 



Whenever we visited Epcot at Disney, Moroccan food was the best place for us! Love Couscous, Hummus, Tabouleh, Falafel and fresh Moroccan Bread.

Unfortunately, I can’t find a smaller Israeli Eggplants in local stores, so I’ve bought larger ones at Publix that worked perfectly for this recipe.  Sometimes Costco carries smaller eggplants that might work as well. 

You can use your favorite ground meat to stuff eggplants. Next time I will try our favorite Lamb, didn’t have it on hand this time. 


Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, and carefully hollow out inside of eggplant, leaving a sturdy shell for stuffing. Removed flesh and chop.


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion until tender, about 5-6 minutes.

Add ground chicken, paprika, sumac, salt, and pepper. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Add the chopped eggplant, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until the eggplant is tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in your favorite cooking or pasta sauce, olive oil, and salt/pepper to taste.

Recently found this Robert Rothschild Farm Roasted Red Pepper and Onion Sauce and absolutely LOVE IT! A savory combination of red wine and garlic adds to the versatility of this tomato basedsauce that puts the spotlight on the roasted red peppers. Find it locally or use your favorite pasta sauce or a can of stewed tomatoes.

Sumac is a tangy, lemony spice often used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking. Try using it in salads instead of lemon juice or to season grilled meat and fish. It’s also delicious sprinkled over hummus. You can buy Sumac on Amazon. 

Place the eggplant halves on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet and stuff them with the chicken/eggplant mixture. Garnish with feta cheese and green onions. Drizzle a little olive oil on top. 

Bake in the preheated at 400ºF oven for 30-35 minutes, until tender.


Made it again and added Chickpeas! Perfecto!

A Healthy and Delicious Low- Calorie, Low-Carb dinner that looks impressive served!

ENJOY!


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Mediterranean Chicken Stuffed Eggplant
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggplants
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. sumac
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • feta cheese
  • green onions
Instructions
  1. Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, and carefully hollow out inside of eggplant, leaving a sturdy shell for stuffing.
  2. Removed flesh and chop.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Sauté onion until tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  5. Add ground chicken, paprika, sumac, salt, and pepper. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped eggplant, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until the eggplant is tender, about 8 minutes.
  7. Stir in pasta sauce, olive oil, and salt/pepper to taste. Mix and remove the skillet from the heat.
  8. Place the eggplant halves on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet and stuff them with the chicken/eggplant mixture.
  9. Garnish with feta cheese and green onions.
  10. Drizzle a little olive oil on top.
  11. Bake in the preheated at 400ºF oven for 30-35 minutes, until tender.
  12. Remove from the oven.
  13. Serve warm or at room temperature with additional feta cheese and diced green onions.
2 Responses to Mediterranean Chicken Stuffed Eggplant
  1. Does this have a calorie, fat, protein, sugar, salt count and how big is a serving. Thanks!


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