Chicken Izmir

Perfect for a spring dinner party


This Turkish chicken dish with aubergine and warm spices is perfect for a spring dinner party. The sautéed aubergines give the sauce a distinctive rich, smooth flavour.

Serves: 6
Keeps for 2 days in
the fridge
Freezes for 3 months


● 450g aubergines, cut into 1cm cubes
● 1 tbsp salt
● 125ml sunflower oil
● 6 chicken joints, skinned
● 1 heaped tbsp flour
● ½ tsp salt
● 10 grinds of black pepper
● 1 tbsp olive oil
● 1 large onion, chopped
● 1 garlic clove, chopped
● 600ml vegetable stock
● 3 tbsp tomato purée
● 1 tsp salt
● 2 tsp brown sugar
● 10 grinds of black pepper
● ½ tsp ground cinnamon
● ½ tsp ground cumin
● ½ tsp ground coriander


● Preheat the oven to 160°C.

● Place the aubergine cubes in a bowl, cover with cold water and add the salt. Leave for half an hour and then squeeze out as much moisture as possible, or use a salad spinner.

● Put the sunflower oil in a large frying pan and heat for 3 minutes.

● Add the aubergine, cover and sauté on all sides until golden brown. Lift out and drain on kitchen paper.

● Season the flour with ½ tsp salt and the black pepper.Dry the chicken joints well and coat with the seasoned flour. In an oven-to-table casserole or sauté pan, fry the portions in the hot olive oil until they are a rich brown on all sides, then lift out and drain on paper towels to remove any surface fat.

● In the same oil, gently sauté the chopped onion and garlic until they turn a rich brown.

● Keep the pan lid on for 5 minutes to soften them in the steam, then remove it to finish the browning.

● Add the stock, tomato purée and seasonings.

● Stir well to release any tasty crispy bits adhering to the base of the casserole, then lay the chicken on top and surround with the fried aubergines.

● Bring to simmering point. Immediately cover and transfer to the oven. Bake for 50 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is rich and thick.

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