This meltingly delicious chicken dish is inspired by two of my favourite ingredients: eggplant and preserved lemon. Together, they work perfectly to create a rich, silky sauce, with tender, slow-cooked chicken. This gorgeous recipe was made in my new Searing Slow Cooker from Breville, and I love that you can first sear the ingredients in the same pan, which intensifies the flavour before slow-cooking to perfection.
I like to serve this dish over a bed of creamy polenta or fluffy quinoa to soak up all of the delicious sauce. It’s a fuss-free, simple meal to throw together in the morning during the work week, plus, you'll have plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day.
The Searing Slow Cooker also offers a large, 6L capacity, making it the perfect for creating delicious, wholesome meals for the whole family. It also has 5 different nifty settings including one steaming and homemade yoghurt making. You can find out more about this fabulous slow cooker here.
Read on below for the recipe x
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 brown onions, finely diced
1 kilo free range chicken drumsticks
2 eggplants, sliced in to 2 cm thick pieces
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup good quality chicken stock
1 tbsp preserved lemon, finely sliced
2 cans butter beans, drained and rinsed
Italian parsley, roughly chopped
A pinch of chilli flakes
Add the extra virgin olive oil and brown onions to the slow cooker, and sauté using the SEAR setting, until lightly browned. Add the chicken, and sear, whilst turning every few minutes, until lightly golden.
Add the remaining ingredients, and then switch the slow cooker on to HIGH for 6 hours. In the last hour of cooking, stir in the butter beans to heat through.
Once ready, season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve the chicken spooned over polenta, quinoa, rice or sweet potato mash. Sprinkle with finely sliced Italian parsley, and chilli flakes if desired.
This recipe is created in collaboration with Breville. Thank you for embracing the brands that so kindly support this blog. All opinions and ideas are my own. x