Two Ingredient Ajvar Chicken

5 from 3 votes

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You will absolutely love my two ingredient ajvar chicken. If you’re not familiar with ajvar, it’s a condiment, or spread, made of roasted red peppers and eggplant, which is beloved in the Balkans, where I grew up eating it. You can find ajvar in European stores or delis, and in the condiment aisle of some conventional grocery stores as well. Every European country has a different way of making ajvar, but the four most common ingredients are roasted red peppers, eggplant, onion, and spices. The version I grew up enjoying in Bulgaria is called “Lutenitza.”

This is such an easy, quick recipe, but the flavors of this chicken will fool you into thinking it has been marinated for hours. Using store-bought ajvar means this recipe is prepped and ready for cooking in under 5 minutes. You could, of course, make your own homemade ajvar (google will give you plenty of delicious recipe results). I use boneless skinless chicken thighs, but any cut of chicken will work; you could even apply this method to roasting a whole chicken.

Two Ingredient Ajvar Chicken

You will absolutely love my two ingredient ajvar chicken. If you’re not familiar with ajvar, it’s a condiment, or spread, made of roasted red peppers and eggplant, which is beloved in the Balkans, where I grew up eating it.
5 from 3 votes
Servings: 4
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs, (any cut of chicken works)
  • salt to taste
  • ½ cup ajvar (aka mild roasted pepper and eggplant spread)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Season the chicken with salt and add a few heaping tablespoons of the ajvar. With clean hands, massage the ingredients together well to evenly distribute the ajvar. Let marinate in the fridge or cook at once.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a piece of chicken measures 165F. Keep an eye on the chicken as it cooks, to make sure it is not burning.
  • Serve the cooked chicken with more ajvar on top and enjoy.

Notes

I added salt because my ajvar 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 additional 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 the chicken as it cooks. I like to serve this with extra ajvar and freshly crumbled feta on the side. You can find ajvar in places like Costco, so please look for it in your local grocery stores.
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love this! I have been making this for years, I always top it with crumbled goat cheese and parsley. This time I made homemade ajvar and wow yummy.

    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.

  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!

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