Two Ingredient Ajvar Chicken

This is my two ingredient Ajvar chicken that you will absolutely love. If you don’t know what “ Ajvar ” is, it’s a roasted red pepper and eggplant spread that we grew up with and love around the Balkans. You can find this spread in any European store or deli, you can also find it in most grocery stores as well in the condiment section. This spread is made from roasted red peppers, oil, eggplant, and sometimes onions and spices. Every country has a different way of making it and in Bulgaria we have our own way of making roasted red pepper spreads as well which we call “ Lutenitza ”. This is a recipe that you can improvise on and a recipe that will save you time in the kitchen. I am always trying to think outside the box and I hope you love this new dish.

Two ingredient ajvar chicken by the modern nonna two ingredient ajvar chicken

Two Ingredient Ajvar Chicken

This is a recipe that you can improvise on and a recipe that will save you time in the kitchen. I am always trying to think outside the box and I hope you love this new dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Servings 4


  • 12 boneless skinless thighs — or skin on any cut of chicken works
  • salt to taste feel free to add more seasoning if you wish
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of mild roasted pepper and eggplant spread which we call “ Ajvar ”


  • Season the chicken thighs with salt to taste and add a few heaping tablespoons of the roasted red pepper and eggplant spread.
  • Marinate the chicken well with clean hands and make sure it’s nicely coated in the Ajvar spread.
  • Bake uncovered at 400F for 40-45 minutes but keep an eye on it.
  • Serve with more spread on top and enjoy.


I added salt because my spread wasn’t too salty but this will really depend on the brand you buy. I love Brian’s Ajvar from Royal meats here in Toronto but “ Mama’s Ajvar ”is also a good brand too.
You can use any roasted red pepper and eggplant spread you like. Feel free to add seasonings or a touch of olive oil if you wish. I have made this recipe extremely simple but you can definitely add more flavour to it if you wish.
Bake time will depend on the oven so keep an eye on it. I like to serve it with extra Ajvar once it’s baked on top and feta on the side. You can find Ajvar in places like costco too so please look for it in your local grocery stores.
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5 Responses

  1. I came here for your yogurt chicken and now found this recipe!! I’m Croatian and love ajvar need to try

  2. 5 stars
    The rare occasion that zero effort but flavor is there without some crazy sauce! Feel good servicing this to my family! Even my 1 year old loves this chicken! So simple but flavorful! Oh, and my husband doesn’t even like pepper – but like this! Recommend!

    1. Hi Nic,
      If you like a chicken breast per person you can absolutely do that. Be mindful that breast takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size/bone and white meat takes a lot faster than dark.

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