Good comfort food - hearty and warming, a perfect winter dinner.
- CourseMain meal
- Prepare15 mins
- Cook30 mins
- Total time45 mins
Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Cut the chicken thighs in half. Heat the oil in a frying pan and brown the chicken pieces on all sides, then cook for 5 minutes. Drain on kitchen towel. Add the aubergine slices to the pan and brown well on both sides
Arrange the chicken over the base of a 1–1.5 litre baking dish. Add a layer each of aubergine and mozzarella, then the tomato sauce on top. Scatter with the Parmigiano Reggiano and breadcrumbs
Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and spoon off any excess liquid. Return to the oven for 10 minutes until the top is golden, and the chicken is cooked through with no pink meat. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then serve with a green salad, and ciabatta to mop up the juices.
This recipe is a twist on the Italian classic Chicken Parmigiana, and goes really well with pasta or seasonal vegetables.
And to drink...
Chianti is the obvious velvety partner to this
dish – full bodied, yet elegant: Waitrose Chianti
Classico, Barone Ricasoli 2007 Tuscany, Italy.