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Recipe: Grilled chicken ratatouille

Posted September 2, 2021 8:56 p.m. EDT

Locally grown eggplant for sale during the Midtown Farmers Market at North Hills in Raleigh on August 6, 2011.

Editor's note: An oldie but goodie recipe on Go Ask Mom.

Fill up your bag with fresh produce at a local farmers' market and try this dish.

Grilled Chicken Ratatouille

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Canola or olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 red bell pepper, halved lengthwise, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 4 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (about 1 1/4 pounds), trimmed and tenders removed (see Note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Preparation

Preheat grill to medium high.

Combine oil, basil, marjoram and salt in a small bowl and reserve 1 tablespoon of the mixture in another small bowl; set aside.

Coat both sides of bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, tomato and onion pieces with cooking spray. Grill the vegetables, turning once, until soft and charred in spots, about 5 minutes per side for the pepper, 4 minutes per side for the eggplant and zucchini and 3 minutes per side for the tomatoes and onion.

Rub the tablespoon of reserved herb mixture on both sides of chicken and sprinkle with pepper. Grill the chicken until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, transfer the grilled vegetables to a cutting board and chop into 1-inch pieces. Return to the bowl and toss with vinegar and the remaining herb mixture. Serve the grilled chicken with the ratatouille.

Thank you to the Western Wake Farmers' Market in Morrisville for originally sharing this recipe in 2012. Go Ask Mom features recipes every Friday.