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.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • 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.

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  • 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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Nutrition Facts

586 calories; 20.1 g total fat; 135 mg cholesterol; 674 mg sodium. 51.1 g carbohydrates; 49.4 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2011
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 all sides. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2011
Added a few red pepper flakes and went skinless with the chicken and it turned out pretty well. Not much in the way of leftovers.. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2010
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 with a little white wine deglaze. Instead of water I used chicken broth and also added one can diced tomatoes and one can of tomato paste. After I returned my chicken to my dutch oven I finished off the dish in the oven at 325 for about 2 hours (adding 1 cup uncooked orzo during the last 30 minutes). Plate and top with crumbled feta and some fresh diced basil. YUM!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2009
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 serving and finding it pretty bland I added about 1 tsp dried oregano about 1/2 tsp dried mint about 1/2 tsp chili flakes a good shake of spicy herbamare which is a spicy salt mixture-probably not really needed. I let the dish simmer for a few extra minutes at this point. I also minced 3 more cloves of garlic and added just before serving. I had used one standard (about 375mls) can of plain tomato sauce about half a can of water then added about 3/4 cup of long grain rice as I did not have orzo on hand. Also next time I make this I will certainly take the skin off of the chicken either after browning or before starting the recipe. So I did change the recipe quite a bit and of course this is only due to personal taste but I do appreciate having the chance to try it out. We will be making it again as it is a relatively fast meal. Thank you for posting this dimitra. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2011
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 all sides. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/22/2009
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 rice. My husband hates Orzo. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2010
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. I also use chicken broth (if I have it) in place of the water. My family loves this recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2011
Added a few red pepper flakes and went skinless with the chicken and it turned out pretty well. Not much in the way of leftovers.. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2011
This was easy and somewhat tasty but coul definitely use some "jazzing up" for my tastebuds. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2012
This recipe works very well with chicken leg quarters as well as drum sticks. Read More
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