Tasty Thursdays: Eggplant and Chicken Puttanesca Stacks

Thursday, September 29, 2011

This week's recipe comes from the Daily Green, referred by the Huffington Post. I was just searching for some fall recipes & I stumbled onto the page. My mouth just watered when I saw the image of the outcome - taken by Leo Gong - good enough to re-post! The following recipes serves 4-6.


For Eggplant:
2 eggplants (about 1 pound each), cut into 1/2-inch slices
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour, or as needed
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup (2 ounces) panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

For Chicken:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 to 6 ounces each)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour (use the flour that remains after breading the eggplant)
1 tablespoon olive oil

For Sauce and Filling:
1/2 cup white wine
2 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
3 anchovy fillets packed in oil, chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
1/4 teaspoon dried chile flakes
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives (about 10 olives or 1.5 ounces), chopped
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, or 1 pound plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
3/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. To prepare the eggplant, toss with 2 teaspoons salt and let sit in a colander placed over a bowl for about 20 minutes. Pat each piece dry, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and proceed with breading.

Put the flour, eggs, and panko in separate shallow bowls or pie plates. First, dip an eggplant slice in the flour, shaking off the excess. Next, coat the floured slice with egg, letting the extra run off. Finally, dredge the eggplant slice in the panko. Repeat with the remaining eggplant. Heat the vegetable oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, fry the eggplant slices for about 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer the eggplant to the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Flip the slices over and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes.

Prepare the chicken while the eggplant is in the oven. Pound each breast to 1/4-inch thickness with the smooth side of a meat mallet. (If the tender is still attached to the breast, remove it and pound it separately.) Cut each breast into thirds and season the pieces with salt and pepper. Coat each piece in flour and shake off any excess. Wipe the sauté pan clean of remaining breadcrumbs and heat the olive oil in it over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sauté the chicken pieces for about 1 minute on each side, or until lightly browned. Remove the chicken from the pan and cover to keep warm.

To prepare the sauce, pour the wine into the pan to deglaze, scraping the bits from the bottom. Add the garlic, anchovies, and chile flakes and sauté for 30 seconds. Stir in the stock, olives, tomatoes, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of the parsley, and add the chicken back into the pan. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer while the eggplant finishes baking. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.

To prepare the filling, mix the cheese, the remaining 1/4 cup parsley, the lemon zest, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in a small bowl. When the eggplant is done, create stacks. Start with one slice of eggplant, top with a dollop of cheese, and then one piece of chicken. Top each stack with a piece of eggplant. If desired, spoon some remaining sauce and cheese on top of each stack and serve.

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Michelle Lee said...

im soo hungry now looks so great!

Tiffany Kadani said...

Oh Yum! That looks so good and (almost) healthy!

MosaMuse said...

still working on my cooking skills :) this may be too advanced for me!


Lola said...

thank you for your lovely comment! yummy, looks very good :)

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, these look & sound so delicious!! I may have to give this a try!

Anonymous said...

That sounds delicious!

Couture Carrie said...

Delicious, darling!
Thanks for the recipe!


Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

That looks SO good!!

Lisa said...

i really love it!

your blog is great <3

Julie Ann Lozada said...

mouthwatering, i wanna try that!

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Oh to Be a Muse said...

i saw this on FB and knew i had to get over here and read all about it. now i have to get the hubby to make this for me--yum!

Bonnie said...

TEASE. These look amazing!!! I am starving and living off of Starburst right now, so this looks so much better -- although Starburst is good, too.

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FashionJazz said...

Have to try this! Happy Thursday hun xx

Josie said...

Yum! These look absolutely delectable.
xo Josie

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Yvonna Groom said...

I do not eat chicken or meant but this looks mighty yummy!


Dirt On The Rocks said...

eggplant has got to be my favorite! Thanks for sharing this recipe. i'm definitely going to write this down!


That sounds beyond amazing! Wish I were making this for dinner tonite. Will have to add this to next weeks menu :) xoox

Grace said...

Ooh, those look so delicious! Adding to my list of recipes to make. :)

Unknown said...

you've successfully made me hungry!

i love your blog


Sabrina said...

I'm not good in kitchen! :P

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Gracie said...

This sounds delicious! I don't usually like egg plant but I would try this.

creativefashionglee said...

This looks really yummy! I´d like to try it out. Thanks a lot for sharing. :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

This looks incredible! :)

Chicago Chic said...

This looks delicious -- seems very hard to make!


Elle Sees said...

drooling over this.

Anonymous said...

haaa...looks so good! I might make the eggplant one! :)


Unknown said...

Wow, yum! This looks so good! Exactly what I would order in a restaurant, but not sure I'm going to attempt it at home :)

xo Mary Jo

modanista junkie said...

My tummy is rumbling now!!! LOL!!! This looks amazing. :)


Silvia Negretti said...

Mmmmm, this looks so good!!!
I'm hungry now!^^

Unknown said...

chicken mm yummy i love chicken :)

Diego R. Wyatt said...

This looks delicious. I fear if I make it, it would look far less appetizing : ).

Have a great weekend.



They look so delicious! :)SarahD

Mimi said...

um wow, this looks delicious! :D

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Unknown said...

Oh my goshhh, I'm so trying this!

Anonymous said...

So nice;)

Tara said...

hmmm looks so yummy :P

Shea Lennon said...

Wow, these look De-lish!! My mouth is watering!

Schnappy said...

Cool receipt!:)

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