Chicken, Food, Recipes, Salad, Vegetables

Broiled Boneless Chicken Thighs with Two Eggplant Salads

Broiling is a method of cooking that many of us tend to avoid, despite the fact it’s easy to use and can produce quick and tasty dishes, with grill-like flavor, in any ordinary kitchen.
Maybe this reluctance is due to the fact that, while in grilling the direct heat comes from beneath the cooked item, in broiling the heat comes from above. However, once one gets used to that, broiling becomes another cooking method used often. It is the perfect quick method for preparing small chicken cuts, fish, and for roasting vegetables.
In the recipes here, I’ve chosen this cooking method for both preparing eggplant salads, and for boneless chicken thighs. Obviously, each dish can be prepared and served on its own, but combing them together is very flavorful and highly recommended. Try it and enjoy.

* If you don’t have the broiler option in your oven, you can prepare the dishes in a preheated 425F (220C) oven instead. Roasting time for the eggplants will take about 10-15 minutes longer. Another option for the chicken is to prepare it in a grilling pan.
* Don’t skip the step of piercing the eggplants, as otherwise they can explode while broiling.
* Sumac, a reddish Middle-Eastern spice, can be found in specialty stores or online. As it adds a subtle acidity to the meat, if you can’t find it, substitute with 1 tsp of lemon juice.

Makes: 4
Prep time: Eggplants: 20 minutes; Chicken: 10 minutes
Cooking time: Eggplants: 15 minutes; Chicken: 10-15 minutes

For the eggplant-pepper salad:
2 large eggplants
1 Tbs olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 cups chopped mini peppers
¼ jalapeno, chopped
1 tsp salt
¼ cup chopped cilantro
½ tsp cumin powder
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
For the eggplant-Tahini salad:
1 large eggplant
3 Tbs tahini paste
3 Tbs water
1 Tbs lemon juice
½ tsp salt
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
For the chicken:
2 Lbs (900 grams) boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
½ tsp each: sweet and hot paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder
2 tsp sumac powder (see notes)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil

1. The eggplants: preheat the broiler. Place the eggplants in a deep pan, and prick them in a few places with a toothpick (this is important, as otherwise the eggplants can explode while broiling…). Place under the broiler. Broil, turning occasionally, for about 15 minutes, or until the skin blackens and breaks. Let cool a bit before removing the charred skin.

2. Eggplants-peppers salad: mix the olive oil and garlic in a medium flat pot and fry for a minute over medium-high heat. Add the chopped peppers, jalapeno and salt. Mix and fry for 2-3 minutes, until the peppers soften. Take off the heat and let cool a bit before adding the cilantro. Add two of the prepared eggplants, lemon juice and cumin, and mix. Place back on a medium-high heat and cook, mixing occasionally, for 2 minutes, until most of the liquids evaporate. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Bring to room temperature before serving.

3. Eggplant-tahini salad: mix the tahini with the water, lemon juice and salt (at first it will look as if separated, but keep on whisking, to form a smooth paste). Add the garlic and parsley and mix well. Add the paste to one the prepared eggplants. Mix well, taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

4. The chicken: place the chicken in a bowl and add the spices, salt and oil. Mix to coat with the spices, cover and keep at room temperature for 15 minutes. Arrange the the thighs in a flat pan, in one layer. Place under the broiler and broil for 10-15 minutes, turning the thighs twice and rotating the pan, until the chicken is done. Slice and serve with the eggplant salads.

52 thoughts on “Broiled Boneless Chicken Thighs with Two Eggplant Salads”

  1. Boneless thighs are the bomb! Much juicier than breast meat. Probably not as good for Chicken Kiev, or other pounded and rolled variation, but very delightful on their own.

    I think grilling is eschewed in kitchens because of the spattery-ness of it. I can do small amounts in my Cuisinart Oven Central, but that is with the top down, confining the mess. The result is not quite as good as open-air broiling, but perfectly reasonable. When roasting red peppers (coming up tomorrow), I just go ahead and fire up the big oven and slam it into high gear, changing out the pans o’ pepper halves as they finish. Reds, yellows, oranges are all on sale for 3/$.99 this week.

    I’ve watched videos of the new $400. Breville Toaster Oven DEEEE-luxe and lust in my heart, but know for sure that some of the things they show being roasted/broiled in there would require as long to clean up after as doing the cooking/baking itself. Roasting a 14-pound turkey in a toaster oven, no matter how large it is, for several hours, is going to make a tremendous mess.

    Virtual hugs,

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  2. You are right as I hardly use the broil part of my oven except for an occasional steak, to toast bread or broil cheese. Love the salads – I haven’t used eggplant in awhile 🙂 I’ve been waiting for my bananas to ripen so I can make the lavender cake – I had to buy green ones at the market and they are taking forever!

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    1. Thank you Judi, I’m glad you liked the recipes. I too didn’t use the broiler too often, but lately I’m using it a lot for such dishes.
      Bananas can be quite annoying this way. When you want them to ripen quick then never do, but when you have no plans on using them in baking, they all turn ripe in no time! 🙂

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  3. For us in the U.K., grilling means heat from above, using the heat element at the top of the oven; we don’t use the term broiling. So I grill/broil chicken all the time, it’s how I always cook marinated chicken for my boys. And of course, I love the aubergine salads 🙂

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  4. It’s funny but I can find boneless thighs (far too lazy to debone them myself, I guess) here in the Twin Cities but not in South Dakota where I was caring for the folks. This recipe looks glorious! I’m a little iffy about eggplant sometimes but yours looks wonderful. And that photo! I feel like I could reach right in and snitch a bit of that chicken before dinner…:)

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    1. Thank you Mollie, I’m glad you liked the recipe and photos. I used to debone chicken thighs, but if I can get them boneless, I definitely prefer it.
      I think you’ll find that the process of boiling or grilling eggplants does wonder to their flavor and texture. It’s worth trying! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Sheryl, I’m glad you liked the recipe. I’ve found that broiling is so much easier, and so less messy than grilling, especially with relatively small amounts of chicken or fish. I hope you’l enjoy this method too. Just note that I’ve used boneless chicken thighs. This method is not suitable for bone-in thighs. 🙂


  5. ‘Didn’t know the difference between broiling and grilling before, Chef. Thanks for the information. I think back home people say “broil” when they actually mean grill, and here in the UK people say “under the grill” instead of broil!

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