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Mediterranean Baked Chicken with Eggplant, Zucchini, Tomato, Olives & Basil

Meditteranean baked chicken with eggplant,zucchini, tomato, olives and basil - So easy and delicious, all baked in the one dish, a quick and easy dinner that will impress

Mediterranean Baked Chicken with Eggplant, Zucchini, Tomato, Olives & Basil – If you love mediterranean flavours you will love this easy one dish dinner with chicken, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, and olives.

Everything is cooked in the one dish making this a simple meal that is full of flavour and is good to impress if you are short on time. Anything with tomatoes, basil and olives makes my mouth water, so hopefully it does yours too!

 

One Dish Mediterranean Baked Chiekn with Egpplant, Zucchini, Tomato, Olives & Basil - A simple but delicious healthy dish that is full of flavour. Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free.

Meditteranean baked chicken with eggplant,zucchini, tomato, olives and basil - So easy and delicious, all baked in the one dish, a quick and easy dinner that will impress

I love this recipe as anything that you can bake in one dish and quickly put in the oven without numerous pots and pans is a bonus in my house. I’m often tripping over my busy toddler (who’s favourite place is the kitchen) and his favourite thing to play with are pots, pans and their lids.

Just even the mere sight of a pot or a pan can sometimes cause a meltdown, particularly if his little paws are not allowed to touch it. So if I can quickly chop up what I need to and put in the one dish without the tantalizing jangle of numerous pots then that makes for a more peaceful evening and everyone is happy.

Meditteranean baked chicken with eggplant,zucchini, tomato, olives and basil - So easy and delicious, all baked in the one dish, a quick and easy dinner that will impress

I have marinated the chicken for extra flavour but if you are short on time you can skip this step and just pop it all in the oven and it will still taste good. I have used kalamata olives as they are one of my favourite types of olive but any type of olives can be used.

Love Food Nourish Nutrition Tips

Olives are so commonly used for their delicious healthy oil but their remarkable health benefits from using them in their whole form are often overlooked. Olive skins are high in phytonutrients and olives have been shown to have excellent antioxidant, anti inflammatory and anti cancer benefits. In addition they have also been shown to function as anti-histamines at cellular level which indicates that along with their anti-inflammatory benefits they can have a part to play as part of an anti allergenic diet.

Olives are also a good source of vitamin E and contain amounts of selenium and zinc. All of these factors combined with their healthy monounsaturated fat content makes them a exceptional food for lowering risk of heart disease, and for many chronic inflammatory conditions.   I love olives and love to eat them on their own or put them in savoury dishes where I can!

If you are looking for other healthy dinner recipes you may like to try my Hot Smoked Salmon Salad with Egg & Mustard Potatoes or Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, please share with your friends if you do, have a lovely week! x

Serves 4

Mediterranean Baked Chicken with Eggplant, Zucchini, Tomato, Olives & Basil

A delicious and easy one pan chicken and vegetable dish with Mediterranean flavours.

60 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 45 Total Time

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5 based on 4 review(s)

Ingredients

    Chicken Marinade:
  • 2 Tbspn lemon juice
  • 3 Tbspn olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Main Dish:
  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 medium sized eggplant
  • 1 medium sized zucchini
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped.
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • About 1 Tbspn olive oil to drizzle over top
  • Salt and Pepper to add over top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Make the marinade: Crush garlic, add lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to bowl and mix together. Add the chicken drumsticks into a large dish and pour the marinade over top of the chicken. Ensure the drumsticks are evenly coated. Cover and leave to marinade for 1 hour.
  3. Slice the 1/2 eggplant in half again lengthwise and then cut each quarter evenly into vertical strips - about 4mm in width.
  4. Cut the zucchini in half and then slice each half lengthways into thin vertical strips - about 3mm in width.
  5. Remove the chicken drumsticks from the marinade and place drumsticks in a large baking or casserole dish. Drizzle the remainder of the marinade over the chicken drumsticks.
  6. Place the chicken in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. After 15 minutes remove the chicken from the oven. Add the eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic cloves, and half of the basil evenly around each drumstick.
  8. Drizzle olive oil over top of chicken and vegetables and sprinkle salt, pepper and oregano over entire dish. Place the dish back in the oven and cook for another 30 minutes.
  9. Remove after 45 minutes. The juices from the chicken should be clear - if not cook for another 5-10 minutes.
  10. Add the remainder of the fresh basil to the dish then serve with a simple side salad.

Notes

To make dish paleo friendly remove the goats feta.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Raia Todd
    July 25, 2017 at 7:23 am I love the deep colors in this dish! With all those olives and tomatoes, I'm sure it will be one my family will enjoy.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 25, 2017 at 9:05 am Thanks Raia! Yes it is a family favourite :)
  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    July 25, 2017 at 7:41 am This just screams summer! So beautiful and vibrant! My family would love this.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 25, 2017 at 9:06 am Thanks so much Emily! :)
  • Reply
    Joni Gomes
    July 25, 2017 at 8:28 am Oh man, this looks good and juicy! Love all the brown bits that happen in the oven! Mega Flavor!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 25, 2017 at 9:07 am Thanks Joni! Yes it is full of some of my favourite flavours :)
  • Reply
    Lindsey Dietz
    July 25, 2017 at 9:41 am This is rustic summer perfection.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 25, 2017 at 2:06 pm Thank you Lindsey :)
  • Reply
    Yang
    July 25, 2017 at 10:04 am Oh, I love this one pan dinner, Hope! Bet it tastes really good. I used to not like olives, now I can eat those kalamatas on anything - they really add so much flavour!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 25, 2017 at 2:08 pm Thanks Yang, me too, nothing better than only having one pan to wash up! Yes not everyone likes olives, I am a massive fan - I could eat them all day - I just love their strong flavour! I'm glad you enjoy them now :)
  • Reply
    linda spiker
    July 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm Mediterranean meals are my favorite! So many good flavors in there.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      July 25, 2017 at 8:43 pm They are one of mine too! Thanks Linda :)

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