Bravo Italian Chicken Recipe
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Bravo Italian Chicken Recipe

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A handful of Italian-style pantry staples team up with chicken for this hearty entree that the entire family will love. Just add breadsticks!—Kristin Miller, Carmel, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) tomato basil pasta sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1-1/2 cups eggplant mixture equals 397 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 103 mg cholesterol, 1123 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 43 g protein.


  1. Place eggplant in a colander over a plate; sprinkle with salt and toss. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with Italian seasoning and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown chicken on both sides. Transfer chicken to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese.
  3. Rinse eggplant; pat dry with paper towels. Transfer to a large bowl; add pasta sauce and toss to coat. Spoon over chicken; top with remaining cheese.
  4. Cover and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 170°. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Bravo Italian Chicken in Taste of Home June/July 2011, p44

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"Everyone liked this dish. I didn't change a thing but I do think I will let the eggplants drain longer. Next time I will add a little grated parmesan cheese to the dish."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"Super easy and huge hit. Made for my parents last night and I was told I could make next week!"

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