Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Eggplant

This easy stuffed eggplant recipe with chicken and cheddar cheese is a great dinner option everyone will love and can be made in 30 minutes.

This easy stuffed eggplant recipe with chicken and cheddar cheese is a great dinner option everyone will love and can be made in 30 minutes.

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Eggplant 

Whether you’re looking for a simple weeknight meal or something to show off at your next dinner party, these cheesy, delicious stuffed eggplants are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Once you try this chicken and eggplant recipe, you’ll wonder why you never cook with eggplant more often! Its a hearty and nutrient-dense recipe that will have you going back for seconds because it’s too good to only have one. 

Enough of just talking about how good it is, let’s get to this recipe!

What is Eggplant?

Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family, closely related to tomatoes, potatoes, and the tobacco plant. It’s a great versatile ingredient that can be used for all sorts of recipes. One of it’s most common ways people use eggplant is when they want an alternative to meat in a recipe. 

This is because it holds up as a hearty main ingredient that’s packed full of nutrients and antioxidants that support heart health, cholesterol, liver health, and a number of other things. 

Eggplant stuffed with shredded chicken and cheese makes an easy, flavorful meal.

Ingredients For Eggplant Chicken

A lot of these ingredients are ones you might already have stocked in your kitchen. So, there’s no excuse not to make this recipe if you already have almost everything you need to make it. 

Just one quick in and out trip to the store and you’ll have everything you need to make this amazing cheesy chicken stuffed eggplant. 

  • Eggplant
  • Garlic cloves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Chicken breast
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Green onions or parsley

How to Make Chicken and Eggplant

You don’t need any trained skills to make this recipe easily come together. It’s all pretty straightforward and simple, which allows you to get it on the table, and better yet, into your mouth in no time! 

Just preheat the oven and score each eggplant in half on the diagonal and stick the slices of garlic in the slits in the flesh. Then, you will drizzle the eggplant with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roast on a baking sheet, and once roasted, remove the eggplant from oven, top with chicken and tomatoes then layer the cheese slices on top of that. Return to oven until cheese is melted, then remove it from oven and garnish with the green onion.

This stuffed eggplant chicken recipe with cheese is full of garlic flavor and perfect for summer.

Do I Have To Use Eggplant?

I personally love how this eggplant pairs with the chicken and cheese for a fresh Mediterranean style dish, but you certainly don’t have to use eggplant. 

Really any squash will work, so pick your favorite and get cooking. Just be sure when working with something other than eggplant, you follow proper instructions for prepping. Some squashes involve a deseeding process. 

A few squashes you could try are: 

  • Butternut squash 
  • Spaghetti squash 
  • Acorn Squash 
  • Summer Squash 

Can I Make Eggplant Chicken With Different Toppings?

Of course! Feel free to mix up the type of cheese and the additional toppings. I kept it simple with just a few extra toppings, but if you wanted to you could load it up with as much as you want. 

You could add some artichoke hearts, sliced vegetables, olives, or anything else you can think of. This is a recipe you can really get creative with. 

Try this stuffed eggplant chicken recipe for an easy dinner this summer.

What To Serve With Chicken and Eggplant

The side dish options are endless! If you want to keep things simple, try lemon roasted asparagus or green bean fries. and a good starch like this Greek potato casserole

You can get even simpler with your potato options and try these crispy potato strips or sweet potato tots. Both are super easy and so delicious. 

If you want to get some fruits in with your sides, then try out sweet and salty green bean salad or this lemon quinoa with roasted grapes and walnuts.

Tips For Making Stuffed Eggplant Recipes

  • When purchasing eggplant, look for those that are heavy for their size with firm, evenly colored and unblemished skin. Caps and stems should be intact with no mold.
  • Refrigerate eggplant in plastic bags for up to 5 days. 
  • There are many different types of eggplants, ranging in different colors and shapes. For this recipe, you’ll want to use the more typical eggplant that is purple and oblong in shape. 
  • Choose the shiniest color eggplants at the grocery store. Matte color eggplants are the ones which are not fresh.

Chicken cheese stuffed eggplant is quick, easy and perfect for a seasonal summer dinner.

More Eggplant Recipes

Italian Spiced Eggplant Fries

Roasted Eggplant Fennel Pizza

Tomato Basil Eggplant Noodles

Mediterranean Eggplant Chips 

Roasted Baby Eggplants with Goat Cheese Stuffing

Try this easy stuffed eggplant dinner with chicken and cheddar cheese, everyone will love it!

Yield: 4 servings

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Eggplant

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Eggplant

This easy chicken stuffed eggplant is topped with lots of sharp cheddar for a dinner everyone will love.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggplants, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese
  • parsley or green onions, chopped for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Score each eggplant half on the diagonal.
  3. Rub each half with the garlic cloves then stick the slices of garlic into some of the slits.
  4. Drizzle the eggplant with the olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast for 20 minutes on a baking sheet.
  6. Remove eggplant from oven, top with chicken and tomatoes then sprinkle the grated cheese on top.
  7. Return to oven for another 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from oven and garnish with parsley/green onion.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 407 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 76mg Sodium: 340mg Carbohydrates: 28g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 27g
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

22 Comments

  1. Aparna B.

    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.

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  2. Grace

    “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!

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  5. Shubie

    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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  8. Mrs. C

    This was disappointing. It is not stuffed, it is layered. Flavorless chicken with cheese on top of rather plain eggplant. Even used ,y garden fresh eggplant and tomatoes.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Sorry you felt that way. I actually remade this recipe earlier this week to take new photographs and ate it for dinner last night. I thought the eggplant was quite flavorful from the garlic cloves stuck inside. I guess to each their own!

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  9. betabree

    I’m a single mom and have been on a quest to find easy, quick, and healthy recipes. Thank you, just made this and will be keeping it on my list to make again. Wasn’t able to convince my 4 year old to try it… But I was happy :)

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