The Portlandia Cookbook
Active: 30 minutes * Total: 1 ½1/2 hours * Serves 4 to 6
You Will Need
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
In a large bowl, combine the eggplant, bread, olives, harissa, garlic, rosemary, oregano, and olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture to a roasting pan or a large, rimmed baking sheet in an even layer.
On a cutting board, using kitchen shears, cut on either side of the chicken’s backbone and remove it. Set the chicken breast-side-up and press to lightly crack the breastbone and flatten the breast. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper and set it on the bread mixture.
Roast the chicken in the center of the oven for about 1 hour, until the skin is crispy and golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165°F, the eggplant is tender, and the bread is lightly toasted in spots. Be sure to lift the bird and stir the mixture occasionally for even browning.
Turn on the broiler. Move the chicken to one side and stir the feta into the bread and eggplant. Set the chicken, skin-sidedown, on top of the mixture and broil until everything is crispy and lightly browned, being careful not to burn the bread. Flip the chicken so it is skin-side-up, spreading the bread and eggplant mixture all around, and broil for 1 to 2 minutes to recrisp the skin. Cut into pieces and serve.