Cheesy chicken stuffed eggplant

Stuffed eggplant

The other night I was on the train home from Yankee stadium after seeing the Spain v. Ireland game as an early Father’s Day gift for my dad. Let me tell you what a metro north train after 10pm is like once any sports game has let out in the city…it’s every stereotypical New York cliché in a tightly packed space and it’s both horrifying and super entertaining at the same time.

There’s the loud mouthed drunk girl yelling “excuse me!” as she tries to make her way to the bathroom exclaiming that “it’s an emergency! I swear I’m not trying to be ‘that girl!’” while she smacks her gum. There’s the late thirty year old men in their respective team jerseys arguing about the refs call and who the better team was with plenty of f-bombs interspersed for good measure. It’s the Spanish speaking thugs in the corner who you can’t understand and fear might stab you if you so much as look at them. Of course there’s the construction worker in his filthy jeans and paint stained t-shirt who got out of work more than 5 hours ago but is just going home now after god knows how many beers at the local bar with his buddies. And then there’s the early 20 something guy sitting across the aisle from you who strikes up conversation mentioning how he “saw you on the platform going into the city earlier”, continues to talk to you the rest of the train ride and then suggests “seeing what this town is all about” when you both get off the train at 10:53pm even though he already knows you’re married.

Stuffed eggplant

And lastly, there’s the girl in stilettos and an Ireland jersey talking (loudly) about her favorite snack as a kid: eggplant slices, pickles & cheese.

The chick wouldn’t shut up about this stupid snack and while her annoying voice is still haunting me, she gets the credit for this recipe. Or at least the idea to buy eggplant.

Stuffed eggplant

Just be glad I didn’t stuff it with pickles & cheese.

Cheesy chicken stuffed eggplant
 
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An easy and healthy stuffed eggplant meal.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 medium eggplants, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 8oz. chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 8-10 thin slices of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Score each eggplant half on the diagonal and stick the slices of garlic in the slits in the flesh.
  3. Drizzle the eggplant with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes on a baking sheet.
  5. Remove eggplant from oven, top with chicken and tomatoes then layer the cheese slices on top of that.
  6. Return to oven for another 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  7. Remove from oven and garnish with the green onion.

 

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  1. 1

    I’m always at a loss for new ways to cook with eggplant. Love this version and fairly certain, it will taste a lot better than stiletto girl’s version.

  2. 2

    If you HAD stuffed it with cheese and pickles, I wouldn’t judge you. Pickles should be their own food group in my opinion. Either way, sounds like stereotypical NYC-or-Jersey girl had a great idea and one that you’ve adapted into something delicious! Eggplant is so good, but when you stuff it, or add other yummy things with it, it becomes Nirvana. Yeah, I said it.
    P.S. I encounter the same kind of people, except with horrible Michigan-northern-esque type accents on the local bus to and from work. Except most of them are drunk hobos asking for 50 cents and reek of god knows what. Or students with their designer purses figuring out where they can go dancing and “get wasted” on a Wednesday night.

  3. 3

    Oooooooh, those look fabulous!

  4. 4

    I love to people watch so I’m sure that train ride would have entertained me. Love this recipe.

  5. 5

    “It’s the Spanish speaking thugs in the corner who you can’t understand and fear might stab you if you so much as look at them.” Ouch!

  6. 6

    Ha, the train is a great place to be, isnt it?! On the bright side, these look amazing! I never eat eggplant, but now I want it

  7. 7

    what an experience but hey we have this recipe now :P I usually struggle with ideas to make eggplants – this sounds simple and delicious. p.s i will be using kitchenaid to shred chicken next time :)

  8. 8

    Colorful ride home! And you made it home alive ;) Still glad it wasn’t a Yankees game.

  9. 9

    i have several eggplants just waiting to be used!

  10. 10

    i’m always looking for more eggplant recipes – this looks great!

  11. 11

    Yum that looks so delicious! I love how innovative this recipe is. I’ve just bookmarked it.

  12. 12

    I love stuffed eggplant. I agree chicken and tomatoes is better than pickles. It looks so good.

  13. 13

    I made this last night, and it was delicious. I added a little hot sauce to the shredded chicken to give it a little kick.

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