eggplant bake with chicken and orzo

This is a great, hearty meal with all food groups involved!


1 box orzo

2 eggplants, peeled cut into circles

1-1.5 whole, boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked and cut into small bite size pieces

6 ounces smoked Gouda cheese shredded

10 ounce box frozen spinach, thawed

Parmesan cheese shredded

Mozzarella cheese shredded

Italian bread crumbs

marinara sauce

olive oil

Beaten egg

Kosher salt

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook orzo per directions on box
  • Dip eggplant in egg and coat with Italian breadcrumbs and fry in olive oil
  • In a 13 x 9 casserole dish, spoon in marinara sauce
  • Drain orzo and mix with spinach, chicken, gouda, and kosher salt
  • Layer eggplant over marinara in dish, spoon in orzo mixture, add more sauce, keep layering until ingredients are gone, with eggplant on top
  • Add Mozzarella and Parmesan covering the top
  • Cook for 30 minutes, cheese should be a little brown

Serve with crusty bread and or a green salad

This can easily be vegetarian, just omit the chicken.

A Jackie O Recipe