Or…this recipe could just be Eggplant Parmesan if you wanted to make it vegetarian! This recipe is definitely a great substitute for the real thing. After I calculated the nutrition, I realized it was a bit higher on the fat side, due to the “almond flour” breading. You’ll see in each serving, 2 slices of eggplant are breaded in each dish. If you wanted to lower the fat, you could only bread 1 of the eggplant slices. Up to you. I’ve included an option for that. Personally, I’d eat it as is, and not stress over it! 😉
Eggplant and Chicken Parmesan
Makes 2 servings
1 eggplant, sliced into 4 thick slices (you’ll use about 3/4 of the eggplant)
1/3 cup almond meal (just ground up raw almonds in your blender/food processor)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley
2 egg whites (or 1/4 cup carton egg whites)
4 oz pre-cooked chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
1 cup jarred marinara sauce (choose a low fat, lower sodium kind)
4 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle eggplant slices with sea salt. Let sit for at least 20 minutes (up to 2 hours), so the eggplant releases some water. Wipe with paper towel to remove excess salt. You could probably skip this step if you’re in a rush.
Dip eggplant in egg white and into breading of almond meal, garlic powder and parsley. Repeat process for a 4 slices of eggplant (or 2 slices if you want to lower the fat in the recipe. In this case, you’ll only need 3 Tbsp of almond meal for 2 slices of eggplant)
Using a saute pan at low to medium heat sprayed with cooking spray (don’t have it on high, or the almond meal will burn!), brown both sides of the eggplant.
Next, in a oven proof bowl or dish, place 1/4 cup pasta sauce in the bottom of each bowl. Then, place one slice of eggplant. Next, place 2 oz of the cooked chicken. Then, top the chicken with another 1/4 cup of pasta sauce. Finally, place the second piece of eggplant on top, and top with Parmesan cheese.
Place in the oven (cover each dish with tin foil) and bake for 15-20 minutes until the eggplant softens.
Note: If you want a gooey’er result, use a low fat mozza cheese instead of the Parmesan.
Nutrition (per serving) Calories: 372 Fat: 16.9 g Sodium: 530 mg Carbs: 27 g Fiber: 10 g Sugars: 5.7 g Protein: 31 g
Nutrition (per serving) *If you only bread 2 slices of eggplant
Calories: 326 Fat: 12.9 g Sodium: 530 mg Carbs: 25 g Fiber: 9 g Sugars: 5.4 g Protein: 29.5 g