Monday, March 21, 2022

CHICKEN WITH GREEK PASTA (KOTOPOULO ME HILOPITES) - GREEK COMFORT FOOD

Like my home page states, this blogis not just about dividend investing.  Lots of it is.  But I also love vinyl records, and stuffing my face with food.  And I like to write about them.  

This is an updated version of an early post from 3 years ago...

This amazing Greek recipe is one of the ultimate comfort foods.  I crave this every few months.  I so appreciate that my mom made this every once in a while during my childhood.   

Chicken with Hilopites.  What are hilopites?  Usually homemade, this little square egg noodle ("Heelo-pee-tess") may be hard to find in the US other than in cities with large Greek populations (NYC, Chicago..).  I remembered hearing my mom explain that she cannot find hilopites in Seattle and missed them dearly.  

Now they are easily available online at that big huge online store based in Seattle...ahem...

They are little square egg noodles.   This can be made with other pasta like orzo, but these little things have the best texture for this recipe




Here's the recipe:

1 chicken cut up
1/2 cup olive oil
1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 tomato cut up
1 small can of tomato paste
1 package hilopites
1 onion chopped
2-3 cups boiling water
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp cinnamon
grated mizithra cheese
Salt
Pepper


Preheat oven at 275 degrees.
Clean, singe and wash the chicken well and cut into pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven and sauté a few chicken pieces at a time, on all sides.


Remove chicken and place aside. 
Sauté the onion and garlic in the pan.  
Once the onions are soft, add the tomato paste and let cook for a minute or two.
Then add the tomato sauce, tomato,  cinnamon, 1 cup of boiling water, return the chicken to the pot and let all slowly simmer.



After 45 minutes, remove the chickens from their pot and set on a platter.
Stir in  the hilopites and another 1 to 1 ½ cups boiling water. 


Just use enough liquid that would be soaked up by the pasta.  Return the chicken pieces and put this in the oven to cook for about 20 to 30 minutes. 


Plate it up!



Top with some grated mizithra cheese and dig in.  You can use grated parmesan if you can't find any mizithra.  I did not take the best photo here.  I was hangry..

Yum

OPA!!!!!!
Enjoy!











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