Chicken Kokkinisto with Orzo

Chicken Kokkinisto with Orzo

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"Slow-cooked chicken in a rich tomato sauce with flavorful orzo. A very simple and classic Greek recipe. Top with grated Mizithra, Parmesan, Kefalotyri, or any other hard, white, and salty cheese."


1 h 25 m servings 586 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 586 kcal
  • 29%
  • Fat:
  • 20.1 g
  • 31%
  • Carbs:
  • 51.1g
  • 16%
  • Protein:
  • 49.4 g
  • 99%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 135 mg
  • 45%
  • Sodium:
  • 674 mg
  • 27%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Warm the oil in a large, wide pot over medium heat. Cook the onion in the hot oil until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Brown the chicken legs in the pot on all sides. Add the garlic; cook and stir for about 1 minute. Pour the tomato sauce and water over the chicken. Drop the bay leaves into the pot. Season with cloves, salt, and pepper. Lower the heat to medium-how; allow the mixture to simmer until the chicken meat is very tender and begins to pull off the bone, about 45 minutes.
  2. Stir the orzo into the liquid in the pot and cook until the orzo is soft, another 15 to 25 minutes. Remove the bay leaves to serve.
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  1. 16 Ratings


Great base for a classic Greek dish. I used chicken breasts instead of legs. I seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper and then seared. I removed chicken and sauteed my onions and garlic wi...

I am giving this recipe 4 stars for potential and ease of preparation, and perhaps 3 stars for taste as written. I halved the recipe and used 4 chicken thighs. Having tasted the mixture before s...

Following some other reviews, I used a little white wine, chicken broth instead of water and I added 1/2 tsp or so of oregano (guessing... I used my hand not an actual tsp)... rave reviews from ...

This is great!! I read the reviews and took their advice because I too only use skinless boneless chicken breasts-I brown the chicken first and saute the onions and garlic in 2 tbs. white wine...

it was a little bland and I didn't have ground cloves so I added Oriental Five Spices and some honey. It turned out really nice.

I agree with Judith a little bland, However My children really liked it. 5 stars for Cost , & time 4 stars for flavor I will certainly make this again. The sauce was great I made it with white ...

I really liked this. The things I did different were to use diced can tomatoes and no cloves. Also I did deglaze the pan with some white wine before adding in the tomatoes and chicken stock in...

This recipe works very well with chicken leg quarters as well as drum sticks.

This was easy and somewhat tasty, but coul definitely use some "jazzing up" for my tastebuds.