Chicken and eggplant parmigiana

  • Prep: 60mins
  • Cook 60 mins
  • Serves: 4


  • 4 chicken breast fillets, excess fat trimmed
  • 140g (2 cups) panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) light extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (about 350g) eggplant, cut into 1cm-thick slices
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 180g ctn bocconcini, drained, thickly sliced


  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 700g btl tomato passata


Step 1
Place each chicken fillet between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Use a mallet or rolling pin to gently pound the thickest part of the chicken until fillets are an even thickness. Place breadcrumbs in a dish.

Step 2
Place egg in a bowl. Place flour on a plate. Season. Coat the fillets in flour. Shake off excess. Coat in egg. Coat in breadcrumbs, pressing firmly to stick. Transfer to a tray. Cover. Place in the fridge to set for 30 minutes.

Step 3
Meanwhile, heat 2 tbs of the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add one-third of the eggplant. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side until golden. Drain on paper towel. Repeat in 2 batches, adding a little extra oil as needed.

Step 4
For the sauce, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Stir in garlic for 1-2 minutes until aromatic. Add the passata and cook, stirring, for 15 minutes or until thickened.

Step 5
Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook schnitzels, in 2 batches, for 2 minutes each side or until golden. Drain on paper towel.

Step 6
Place half the sauce in a roasting pan. Top with eggplant and chicken. Drizzle with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with the basil and top with bocconcini. Bake for 15 minutes or until melted and golden.