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Greek-Style Stewed Chicken

Greek-Style Stewed Chicken

For an international take on this classic American fare, kalamata olives and ouzo star in Greek-Style Stewed Chicken.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2013

  • Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 2 chicken thighs or 1/2 chicken breast half and about 1/3 cup sauce)
  • Hands-on: 30 Minutes
  • Total: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes


  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
  • 2 bone-in chicken breast halves, halved crosswise and skinned
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped, seeded plum tomato
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 3/4 cups dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup ouzo (or brandy)
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup sliced, pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of chicken to pan, flesh side down. Cook 4 minutes or until browned; remove from pan. Repeat with remaining chicken. Set chicken aside.

3. Add onion, tomato, bell pepper, and garlic to pan; cook for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add wine and ouzo; cook for 2 minutes, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return chicken to pan, flesh side up. Combine stock and flour in a bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add stock mixture to pan.

4. Stir in oregano, rosemary, and bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 325° for 45 minutes or until chicken is done and very tender. Remove pan from oven. Remove chicken from pan, and top with 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Keep warm. Heat pan over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Boil 5 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 3 cups. Add olives, butter, lemon juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, stirring until butter melts. Discard bay leaf. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 349
  • Fat: 10.7g
  • Saturated fat: 2.9g
  • Sodium: 439mg

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