Recipe for Greek Style Chicken in a Pot (Kapama)

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Kapama is a style of cooking meat that involves cooking the meat in a pot with other ingredients, such as spices and olives. This recipe uses chicken pieces.

Greek Style Chicken in a Pot (Kapama) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Greek olive oil
  • 1 whole chicken, trimmed, clean and cut into pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried Greek oregano or dried rosemary (crumbled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (optional)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 20 pitted Kalamata olives
  • 3 tablespoons fresh, chopped parsley

Directions on How to Make Greek Chicken in a Pot:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add the olive oil to a deep, heavy skillet and set the heat to medium. Let the oil warm for 1-2 minutes and then add the chicken.

Sear the chicken on both sides for 2-3 minutes so that the skin becomes a light brown in color. Remove the chicken from the skillet and place on paper towels to absorb some of the oil.

Drain off about half of the oil from the pan. Keep the heat on medium and add the onion. Saute for about five minutes, or until the onions are soft. Add the garlic and saute for another minute.

Stir in the bay laves, oregano, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice (if using) and cook for about 1 minute. Stir in the chicken broth, pepper, and salt. Let the broth come to a boil and then simmer it on low until the broth is reduced by 1/3.

Arrange the chicken in a single layer in a baking dish. Sprinkle the olives over the chicken and then pour the chicken broth sauce over the chicken. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and place the dish in the center of the oven.

Bake until the chicken is cooked all the way through. This should take about thirty minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chicken with the fresh parsley just before serving.

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