This One-Pot Chicken Ratatouille recipe puts a twist on the classic French dish and turns it into a one pot meal. Served over pasta, rice, or in a bowl all by itself, this hearty dish is packed with vegetables and is incredibly flavorful.
Ratatouille. And no, I’m not talking about that cute little rat on the Disney movie. Granted, it IS one of my favorite animated Disney movies.
No, today I’m talking about the dish. But then maybe I’m talking about the movie a bit, too. Hmmm…
The truth is, the beautiful layered dish of thinly sliced veggies on the movie isn’t exactly ratatouille – at least not in the traditional sense. But, I’m getting ahead of myself…
A few weeks back, out of the blue, Jack asked if we could make ratatouille like from the movie. Now, he doesn’t often request specific dishes, much less ask to cook something together, so I jumped at the chance to get in the kitchen with my nearly 14-year-old.
We found this recipe online and set out to recreate the iconic dish one Sunday afternoon.
It was a labor of love, for sure. A mandoline helped with all the slicing, but it was still a pretty meticulous process. It also tasted amazing!
But, being the son of a Frenchman – my dad’s mother was French – I knew that this beautifully layered masterpiece (if I do say so myself) wasn’t traditional ratatouille.
My understanding is that ratatouille was a humble peasant dish made with coarsely chopped stewed vegetables. So, I set out to do a little research.
The dish in the movie seems to be based on a variation of ratatouille called confit byaldi. Wikipedia tells me that this dish was created in the 70s by French chef Michel Guérard and it became pretty popular thereafter.
Another source references the dish in the movie as tian.
I’m not sure which is correct – perhaps they both are – but I am sure of this… both of them take a lot more work than this version I’m sharing with y’all today.
Is this traditional ratatouille? Maybe not in its truest form. But it sure is delicious!
I start by sweating onions and peppers in olive oil, add in some garlic, then eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash. Some chicken broth and canned tomatoes are next along with some dried basil and salt and pepper.
Once the vegetables are tender, I add in some shredded rotisserie chicken to turn this hearty stew into a main course the entire family loves.
Any kind of cooked, shredded chicken should work. I just love the convenience of rotisserie chicken, but you could certainly roast or poach some chicken and use that.
You could also buy some of that shredded cooked chicken you can find in the deli section of the grocery store more often now.
With this dish, it’s really about cooking the vegetables enough so they’re tender to your liking. Some folks are going to want them pretty soft. Others are going to want the vegetables to have a little bite to them.
There’s no right or wrong way to cook it. It’s just a matter of preference.
Do I need to peel my eggplant?
The short answer is no. It is perfectly safe to eat the skin of an eggplant. In fact, much of the nutrition is in the peel. However, some eggplant skin can be tough and bitter. I suggest finding a small, young eggplant as those tend to have thinner and milder flavored skin. They also typically have fewer and smaller seeds. All that being said, if you’re in doubt, you can certainly peel it before chopping it up for this recipe.
One-Pot Chicken Ratatouille
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 yellow squash, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and pepper and cook until the onions are translucent – about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook until fragrant – about 1 minute.
- Add the eggplant, zucchini, and squash. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Add the undrained tomatoes, shredded chicken, and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until vegetables are tender to your liking. Serve warm over rice, pasta, or by itself.
Nutritional values provided are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.
I’m making this for my lunch this week! But I think I’ll have leftovers. Will it freeze ok?
I’m not sure. I’ve never tried freezing it, so I can’t say for sure.
I haven’t made this yet but do you peel the eggplant?
You can, but I typically don’t. The larger the eggplant the thicker and tougher the skin, so a small eggplant should be fine without peeling but you’d want to peel larger ones.
Love it ,love it ,love it.
Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
I made this over the weekend, and it’s very good. I ate it as is – didn’t bother with rice or noodles as it doesn’t need it. It’s very filling, and should be a good Fall/Winter dish.
I’m so glad that you liked this! It is definitely very filling!