Kota Kokinisti Me Patates

June 12, 2009 · 21 comments

in chicken/poultry,dairy-free,greek,healthy

…or, basically, chicken stewed in tomato-y  broth with potatoes.

Greek food is so uncomplicated.  Oh, sure, like most cuisines these days there are more fancified, fusion versions of it (that are wonderful, of course).  But generally speaking, a lot of Greek food is made by throwing some stuff together (typically involving tomatoes or lemon juice) and letting it cook for a long time; for example, roast chicken and potatoes, tourlou tourlou, stewed vegetables, fakes (lentil soup), youvetsi and manestra (braised meats with orzo), kima/meatsauce, etc.  Food is absolutely important to Greeks, but it’s more important to enjoy your food & and enjoy your company while eating than it is to spend forever in the kitchen, using a huge list of ingredients.

And that’s totally fine because that’s why, at least to me, Greek food is so comforting.  Anything that cooks for a long time has a tendency to make you feel good, doesn’t it? I don’t know if it’s the smell as it’s cooking or all the ingredients meshing together into one.  Take for instance this dish. It’s not hard to make, it’s not going to be the most impressive thing you serve, and, well…it’s completely monochromatic. But that’s ok, because it’s simple, it’s warm, and it’s homey.  Kokinisto (which basically means red) can be made with lamb, chicken, or beef.   You can stew the meat on its own, or you can add potatoes or vegetables such as okra, green beans, or peas.  “Kota” means chicken and “patates” means potatoes, which is why this particular version is called kota kokinisti me (with) patates.

You’ll want some nice crusty bread to sop up the sauce (yes, I am advocating the double carb dinner here :).  Oh yeah, and like most stews, the leftovers are even better.

Kota Kokinisti

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1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 whole (3ish lb.) chicken, cut into pieces (I skin mine because I don’t care for stewed skin)
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 cups water
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
2 bay leaves
1  cinnamon stick
3-4 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into sixths

Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a dutch oven over medium to medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and then add to the hot oil, in batches if necessary, to brown. Remove.

Add more oil to the pot if necessary, and then add the onions, sauteing until tender. Stir in the garlic and tomato paste until the garlic is fragrant. Add the wine and deglaze the pan, being sure to scrape up the browned bits. Cook until the wine and tomato paste are well-incorporated.

Add the water, parsley, bay, cinnamon, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the chicken and any accumulated juices back into the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer. Simmer, covered, for 45-60 minutes. Season to taste. Add the potatoes and cook until fork-tender (If you don’t think you’ll have enough liquid, add more water. )

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Erin June 12, 2009 at 11:57 am

This looks delicious! I love good comforting meals like this.

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Erin June 12, 2009 at 11:57 am

This looks delicious! I love good comforting meals like this.

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Juliana June 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm

This chicken dish sound and look terrific…cinnamon stick, bay leaves…wow, must have an unbelievable flavor…I’ll definitely try it! It is more than chicken stewed in tomato :-)

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Juliana June 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm

This chicken dish sound and look terrific…cinnamon stick, bay leaves…wow, must have an unbelievable flavor…I’ll definitely try it! It is more than chicken stewed in tomato :-)

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Peter G June 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Aaaah! All kokkinista are my favourite Elly! They are so easy, delicious and comforting. Delicious kota!

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Peter G June 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Aaaah! All kokkinista are my favourite Elly! They are so easy, delicious and comforting. Delicious kota!

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Cynthia Nelson June 13, 2009 at 12:58 am

This is so hearty and comforting.

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Cynthia Nelson June 13, 2009 at 12:58 am

This is so hearty and comforting.

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Elizabeth Pentheroudaki June 13, 2009 at 2:32 am

Hi Elly, this is a Greek traditional family Sunday dish!
And as you described, it is delicious and comforting! Have a nice weekend…

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Kerstin June 13, 2009 at 1:41 pm

What a flavorful chicken dish! I’m definitely going to try it since I always have all the ingredients around and we eat so much chicken :)

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Kerstin June 13, 2009 at 1:41 pm

What a flavorful chicken dish! I’m definitely going to try it since I always have all the ingredients around and we eat so much chicken :)

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elra June 14, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Wow Elly, I like this recipe. I might have to try it. Sounds really delicious.

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Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen June 15, 2009 at 1:34 pm

It looks delicious! And I agree with you – simple ingredients+long cooking time=delicious!

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Ivy June 15, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Sorry I haven’t been around lately. Wow, I just realized I haven’t made kota kokkinisti for years. I am drooling just thinking of it.

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Erin June 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I love these types of stews, and the tomato sauce & potato combo is one I really enjoy. I’m protesting stews now that it’s starting to act like summer (or at least spring), but I’m going to try to remember this once it’s fall.

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Erin June 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I love these types of stews, and the tomato sauce & potato combo is one I really enjoy. I’m protesting stews now that it’s starting to act like summer (or at least spring), but I’m going to try to remember this once it’s fall.

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truenorth67 June 18, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Elly, in the end – it’s dishes like Kokkinisto that are very sentimental and trigger fond memories of ago. You did a bang-up job here.

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dimu July 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

hi, this looks soo good, can you kindly let me know the brand for white wine? is it vinegar? thank you!

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elly July 3, 2011 at 9:17 am

Hi Dimu, it is actual wine, not vinegar. You can use something like chardonnay or pinot grigio. Hope this helps.

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dimu July 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Hi elly, thanks for the wonderful recipe. I made this today and it was soo good. Even my boyfriend was saying how delicious it was! can”t wait to try your other recipes :)

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elly July 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Happy to hear you enjoyed it!

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