Yiayia’s Easy Greek Chicken

Greek chicken is served with fresh asparagus spears and bow-tie noodles

This Greek Chicken recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law.  She often doesn’t use or write down recipes, so I was lucky to observe her as she prepared a family favorite.

Like any great stew, the secret is in the braising.

What Makes It Taste So Good?

Family recipes like Greek Chicken are recognizable across cultures, only varying by the spices used.

When you hear the label “Greek Chicken,” you might be thinking olives and butter sauce. But, this recipe is tomato-based and flavored with cinnamon. It’s very similar to Italian Chicken Cacciatore, except that the cinnamon gives it its unique flavor (and an antioxidant boost).

This dish can easily be adapted to feed a crowd.  You can serve it with rice, pasta, quinoa, or even spaghetti squash or other spiraled veggies.

Sometimes, I mix  boned chicken pieces and boneless and skinless chicken breasts and thighs. Bones add to the richness and flavor of the sauce, so even if you aren’t a fan of bone-in chicken, try including a piece or two for great results.

Another secret to the flavor is the abundance of onions and slow simmer.  Like all stews, it tastes even better when reheated.

Make it ahead, and serve it on those nights when you want to be a part of the fun. Who wants to always be slaving away in the kitchen?

If you do find yourself feeding a crowd, you can find more ideas and great recipes here.

Keeping Greek Chicken Gluten-free

Serve Mediterranean Chicken with your favorite rice or quinoa, roasted potatoes, or veggie noodles.  Add a green salad and you have yourself a delicious gluten-free meal. 

Yiayia's Easy Greek Chicken (Gluten-free)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins
 

Greek Chicken is an easy main dish that is gluten-free and will appeal to a wide range of tastes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4
Calories: 411 kcal
Author: A. JoAnn
Ingredients
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 8 tbsp. butter
  • 2 lbs. chicken pieces skinless, boned or boneless
  • 3-4 cooking onions sliced
  • 12 oz. tomato sauce
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 tbs. oregano, dried
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a stew pot, heat olive oil and butter. Add the chicken pieces, turning them to brown all sides. Add onions, toss, and continue browning.

  2. Sprinkle oregano over chicken and onions, then add the tomato sauce and paste. 

  3. Add cinnamon, salt, and pepper.

  4. Simmer on low heat a few hours, adding water as needed.  Serve, or cool and reheat.

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