Eggplant, Roasted Pepper and Chicken Pitas

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Mmmmm!! My mouth waters just thinking of this! An Israeli Jewish lady taught this to my grandmother several years ago, and our entire family fell in love with it. It was so good, we served it for a small catered event, and it was a hit. This is for you if you enjoy Middle Eastern cuisine.

1
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants, cut into 1/2-inch slices

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 2 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • all-purpose flour for dusting

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, sliced

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 6 (6-inch) pita breads

Directions

  1. Sprinkle sliced eggplant with salt and allow to drain in a colander for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat a grill for medium-high heat (see Cook's Note).

  2. Pound chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap to a thickness of 1/4-inch. Dredge with flour, shake off excess, dip into beaten egg, then press into seasoned bread crumbs to coat.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts and cook until golden brown. Set aside.

  4. Wipe eggplant dry with a paper towel. If grilling, brush slices with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Grill until tender and well marked.

  5. Crush garlic with a mortar and pestle with a pinch of salt. Whisk together garlic, red wine vinegar, and extra-virgin olive oil. Slice grilled eggplant into strips and toss with roasted peppers and balsamic dressing; season to taste with salt and pepper.

  6. To assemble, heat pita breads on the grill until hot and marked. Slice chicken into strips and place into warm pitas along with marinated eggplant and red peppers.

Cook's Notes:

You can make your own roasted red peppers instead of buying them. This makes great leftovers--just assemble the sandwiches right before eating.

You can also fry the eggplant rounds instead of grilling. Pour canola oil about 1/2 inch deep in a cast iron skillet or heavy pan. Heat over medium-high heat. Wipe salted eggplant slices dry with a paper towel. Working in batches, fry eggplant until golden brown on each side. Lay cooked eggplant on a plate lined with double sheets of paper towels, because eggplant soaks up a lot of oil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

492 Calories
18g Fat
60g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 492
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 1754mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 650mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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