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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 the 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. Lentil stuffed eggplant is another great pantry eggplant recipe too!

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!

chicken cheese stuffed eggplant

Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Eggplant

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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

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: 407Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 340mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 8gSugar: 10gProtein: 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.

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Resa

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

Delicious! Hollowed our eggplant halves a bit first. Stuffed with sautéed mushrooms carrots and remaining diced eggplant. As well as breaded roasted chickpeas and quinoa. My bf was skeptical at first but he really enjoyed it as well. Thanks so much!!!

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Ashley F

Monday 19th of August 2019

I would never of thought to do this with eggplant! Such a great idea!

betabree

Saturday 17th of August 2019

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 :)

Running to the Kitchen

Saturday 17th of August 2019

So glad you enjoyed it!

Mrs. C

Thursday 15th of August 2019

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.

Running to the Kitchen

Thursday 15th of August 2019

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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