Main Dishes Recipes — By Ben on 20 February 2009
Eggplant and chicken casserole

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[donotprint]I was so happy the other day to find queso doble crema (double-cream cheese, one of my favorite Mexican cheeses) at the Mexican supermarket. This was the very first time that I saw it here in Ohio in almost 8 years. Mexico produces a wide variety of great cheeses, but they are not very well known outside the country. I think I need to become a cheese ambassador for Mexico, but I’d only take the position if they offer free cheese!

Anyway, I was so happy to have found it that I bought a whole block, almost 2½ lbs of deliciousness. I have been sprinkling it over my fruit salads, pasta dishes, soups and eating it in tortillas with slices of ham. I just love it! But I wanted to use it in a dish and going through my fridge contents I discovered 2 eggplants that needed to be used. So I decided to make a casserole (I am not going to call it lasagna because it is not! LOL) with them, some shredded chicken leftover from previous dinners, queso doble crema and tomato sauce. The result was another simple and delicious dinner. Jon said he didn’t like eggplants, but he ate most of the casserole, it was that good.[/donotprint]

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Eggplant and chicken casserole
Makes a whole casserole for 4-6 servings

The ingredients:

  • 2 eggplants sliced into ¼” thick rounds
  • 3 cups shredded chicken breast
  • ½ lb queso doble crema (or any other double cream cheese with at least 60% cream)
  • olive oil
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup red wine (I used Kindzmarauli, a semi sweet wine from Georgia, the country)
  • spices and herbs to taste (I used oregano, fresh parsley and cilantro, salt and pepper)

The how-to:

  1. In a sauce pan sautee red onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Add tomato sauce and wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add spices and herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes stirring constantly until the sauce comes together.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  3. Pour some of the sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Arrange eggplant slices. Top with shredded chicken and crumbled queso doble cream and more sauce. Repeat until you have used all the ingredients, 3 to 4 layers.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving and enjoy!

The afterthoughts:

  • What made this dish so tasty was the queso doble crema and the surprisingly delicious Georgian wine, I believe. Next time I will try a creamy sauce to see how this turn out. This is definitely a dish that I will be making again.

Inspiration for this dish:

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¡Buen provecho!

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I originally bookmarked Suganya’s recipe and put a twist to it, so I think this is acceptable for Bookmark Recipes.[/donotprint]

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(25) Readers Comments

  1. This looks awesome. I don't think I've ever put eggplant & chicken together. I'm excited to look for the queso doble crema. There's a wonderful Mexican supermarket nearby and I bet they carry it.

  2. Gorgeous dish! My dad is a big fan of Georgian wine – I'll have to send him this.

  3. Looks wonderful, Ben! A nice spin on eggplant parm and lasagna!

  4. Looks delicious, I have eggplant in my kitchen garden but they don't taste good when cooked like regular curry, I'll try this one.

  5. Ben, what a clever way to incorporate eggplant. My family doesn't like it either, but if you can get your friend to eat it maybe I can get my family to try it too. Bravo querido.

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  6. I am sure to be one of the people coming back for seconds Ben. Isn't it nice also when we find a cheese or any other food we have been dreaming of within a 10 muke-radius:D

  7. I would attack this dish first at a buffet! And double cream cheese…ooo…sounds delicious.

  8. No soy muy fan de las berenjenas (aparte que últimamente acá están carísimas) pero se me antojó… ese vino le ha de dar un toque super especial! Buen trabajo! :) ya se me antojó! jeje!

  9. A great combination of ingredients here Ben…especially with that double cream cheese!

  10. Oh that’s full of all the things we like. The eggplant and doble crema combo=fantastic.

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