This is such a simple meal – quick to throw into the slow cooker in the morning and then a few extra minutes to finish in the evening when you get home from work. But it is delicious and filling – I guess ‘hearty’ is a good way to describe it!!
It makes a large batch too which is great for big families and for the freezer 🙂
5 out of 6 thumbs up at my place (number 6 is waaay over tired and went to bed so I’m not sure that I’m counting his vote this time 😉 )
- 8 chicken thighs, skinless & boneless (approx 1.2kg)
- 2 tbsp Moroccan spice blend (I make this one)
- 2 x 400g tin black beans, drained and rinsed
- 800g tin diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup hot chicken stock (Massel for store bought)
- 1 rounded tbsp tomato paste
- Eggplant (aubergine) slices, Approx 200g per person
- Olive oil
- Pink salt flakes
- Grated cheese of choice to top
Place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker, sprinkle the seasoning over the top.
Add in the black beans and tomatoes.
Stir together the tomato paste and stock before pouring it over the contents of the slow cooker.
Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
Lift lid and use a couple of forks to shred the chicken.
Slice eggplants long ways (I cut a medium one into 4 slices) then pat dry of any water.
Spray with a little olive oil and place into a hot frying pan. Cook each side for a couple of minutes until soft and golden.
Sprinkle eggplant with a little salt, then transfer to a lined baking tray.
Top the eggplant with the slow cooked chicken mix and a little grated cheese (dairy or plant based). Put under a hot grill for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and golden.
This quantity of chicken mix makes about 12 adult serves. If you’re not serving 6 like me, a half batch cooks exactly the same.
We portion out and freeze the left-overs ready for another easy family meal – just need to cook the fresh eggplant each time.
Full disclosure ….. 3 of my 4 kids cried on being told that they were having eggplant – they had theirs on a little GF pasta instead!!!
P.S. I have been asked about the macros of this recipe – so if you need them: The serve as pictured above is 1/12 of the mix, roughly 1 ladle, with 2 x 100g slices of eggplant and 15g total of Tasty cheese. It is 282 calories, 10g fat, 30g protein and 20g carbs.
P.P.S I haven’t made a vegan version yet, but next time I intend to give it a go and I’ll update. I think I’ll use 2 cans of cannellini beans to replace the chicken and use stock paste or powder for the flavour, but not use the water.