Thursday, August 14, 2008

Coriander Chicken with Roasted Eggplant and Chili

Coriander Chicken

You know what I love about Donna Hay's recipes? They are the kind of recipes I would make up, if I could make up recipes. But since I can't make up recipes, I'm pretty much brain dead by the time I get home from school, I make her recipes. What I also love about her is that if you keep a few standard ingredients in your pantry and fridge: lemons, limes, chilies, and parsley or cilantro, you can always find something from one of her books to make.

This recipe came from her Magazine issue number 37. I changed it up a bit, in that she calls for slicing the chicken and tossing it with everything. Since the chicken doesn't really brown (or at least mine didn't), that probably makes it look more attractive. Because my chicken kind of looks like a beached whale or something, not very pretty. Everything tasted great, and I'm not even a big eggplant fan. Plus it was insanely easy. Everything roasts together in one pan, and if you're like me (lazy), line the pan with parchment paper and you don't even have a pan to clean!

Coriander Chicken with Roasted Eggplant and Chili
From Donna Hay
Serves 4

2 tablespoons sea salt flakes
1 tablespoon ground coriander
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 long red chillies
12 baby eggplants, halved (I only had 4, not so babyish, and I quartered them)
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cups cilantro leaves
1/4 cup lemon juice
sea salt and cracked black pepper

Preheat the oven to 390. Combine the salt and ground coriander and sprinkle the mixture over the chicken. Brush the chicken, eggplant, and chillies with half the olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Roast for about 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

Chop the eggplant and chillies, roughly. Place in a bowl with the rest of the olive oil, cilantro, lemon juice, salt and pepper and toss to combine. Slice the chicken and serve with the eggplant mixture.


This will be my entry for this week's Bookmarked Recipes hosted by Ruth at Ruth's Kitchen Experiments.


noble pig said...

I swear I have to get one of this woman's books, her recipes are always so fabulous!

Ning said...

Wow! With chillies and cilantro, my favorite! Yummy!

Paula said...

Whoa!!! My first impression, before reading your post, was that the picture of your chicken dish is one of the most appetizing I've ever seen! Great photography, too! I'll have to check out Donna Hay's magazines because this looks outstanding. I like how the oven temp is set to 390! Great dish!

Grace said...

it is a bit reminiscent of a beached whale, isn't it... :)
seriously pam, this is something i'll honestly make because the list of foods i love includes cilantro, chicken, eggplant, and chiles. and if it's that easy, well, how can i resist? thanks for sharing!

Natashya said...

Wow, that looks so good. How great is it that you have little clean up at the end! You have now made me hungry.

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks wonderful, and not even remotely like a beached marine mammal. I do like the lack of cleanup at the end, too!

Marjie said...

I love beached whale chicken. I also love easy foods. Nothing could be better after a hard day's work!

Pam said...

Noble - you really do. She never disappoints.

Ning - chillies and cilantro are my two favorites also.

Paula - thanks for the sweet comments on my picture, but I think the chicken is kind of anemic looking.

Grace - it really is so easy and flavorful. It has become an easy go-to dish.

Natashya - easy clean up is good!

Fearless - it's okay, you can the chicken looks bland. I miss the pretty brown crust from sauteing.

Marjie - it really does taste good. So I guess beached whale chicken is a good thing!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

This recipe does indeed sound like a winning recipe! Great-looking breast there and the accompaniments look fabulous as well.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

i noticed the color too! but who cares? as long as it tastes yummy, right?

Dhanggit said...

Oh my goodness, indeed one of the most delicious looking chicken I ever laid my eyes on!! yummy

Natashya said...

Pam - I have left an award(s) on my site for you today(Mon).
Have a great day, see you soon.

SweetDesigns said...

Man, I have not had dinner and think I need chicken haha.. looks soo yummy!!

ejm said...

That looks fabulous! And I can't say that your chicken looks even remotely like a beached whale. It looks delicious.


Ruth Elkin said...

What a tasty looking dish! thank chicken looks so juicy and succulent!

Jeff said...

This chicken sounds amazing and most importantly simple! Great job!

Moop said...

Why not pan sear it prior to baking to give it some color seeing as how so many compare its color to a "beached whale"

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