Salina Chicken

You might be wondering you had seen this recipe somewhere, if that is the case this is because I grabbed it from one of Jamie Oliver’s TV Show I watch called Jamie Cooks Italy. On one of the episodes he travelled to the island of Salina and Nonna Marina inspired him to embrace the beautiful bounty growing in her back garden which led to this dish.

The minute I saw this dish being prepared on screen I started to write down the recipe as I know this dish will taste really amazing, which is true for most of Jamie’s Italian recipes that I tried. Salina Chicken is a very simple dish of chicken and aubergines cooked with herbs and chillies with tomatoes over oven, perfect with rice or couscous with a nice glass of cold white wine, it’s so easy to make, its rustic and it heavenly.

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Salina Chicken 1

Salina Chicken

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian


Salina Chicken is a very simple Italian dish of chicken and aubergines cooked with herbs and chillies with tomatoes over oven.



  • 1.5 kg chicken thighs and leg, cut into sections
  • 3 medium aubergines, approx. 750 g, cut into large chunks
  • 500 ml chicken stock
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, approx. 200g
  • 2 pcs red chillies, sliced in the middle but not cut through
  • 1 pc cinnamon stick
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 3 pcs bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp capers in brine
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 pcs red onions, sliced
  • olive oil
  • sea salt


  1. Season the aubergines with a generous amount of sea salt. Set it aside for 30 minutes and let it sweat. Shake of excess salt.
  2. Season chicken with salt. In a large pan, heat olive oil in medium heat then add the chicken skin side down. Brown all sides then remove from pan then set it aside.
  3. Place aubergines in the pan, cook until brown on all sides. Remove from the pan then set it aside.
  4. Add more oil to the pan then sauté garlic, onions and chillies.
  5. Add capers, bay leaves, cinnamon and thyme. Cook for 10 minutes in low heat until the onion caramelizes.
  6. Squeeze the cherry tomatoes in a bowl full of water, this will remove the seeds. Place the seeded tomatoes into the pan together with the aubergines and chicken. Pour chicken stock, sprinkle pine nuts and add the lemon juice. Cook in a 180C preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Remove from oven then serve.



3 Responses

  1. I have never had or made salina surely looks really tempting, flavourful and tasty…

  2. Wow — I did not see this from Jamie Oliver, so I’m really glad you put it out here for us. I’ll be picking up some eggplant in the market this weekend, along with the cherry tomatoes. I need comfort food like this!

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