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Roast Chicken over Eggplant and Tomatoes

By searing the chicken first and then finishing over top of the eggplant and tomato, you get the best of both worlds-- crispy skin, juicy meat, and only one pan to lick clean.


Ingredients

1 chicken
1/2 cup white wine or beer
1 onion, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
2-3 eggplant (about 2 lbs total), cut into chunks
3 large tomatoes (about 2 lbs total), cut into chunks

Method

  1. Heat oven to 375F
  2. Cut the back from the chicken and then separate the breast from the leg quarter
  3. Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper
  4. In a large frying pan, heat a glug of neutral oil over medium high heat
  5. Sear the chicken skin side down until golden brown then remove to a plate
  6. Add the white wine, onion, and garlic and scrape up any brown bits on the pan
  7. Reduce the wine by half
  8. Add the eggplant and tomatoes and toss to coat
  9. Place the chicken, skin side up, over the eggplant and tomato mixture and place in the oven
  10. Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the eggplant tomato mixture is reduced to a thick stew (about 40 minutes)