Chicken with orzo (kotopoulo youvetsi)

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Youvetsi means a plate with orzo and tomato sauce. The classic, favorite “youvetsi” is made with chicken leg fillet and orzo wholewheat.  You may use homemade chicken broth for cooking.


Μερίδες: 6
Χρόνος Προετοιμασίας: 20′
Χρόνος Μαγειρέματος:
Χρόνος Εκτέλεσης: 40′
Βαθμός Δυσκολίας:


  • For the chicken
  • 750 gr. chicken leg fillet
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tbsp. sweet paprika
  • Salt, pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • For the orzo pasta
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 finely chopped red pepper
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 cups grated tomato
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups (360 g) orzo pasta, (preferably wholweat)
  • 2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tbsp. sweet paprika
  • salt- pepper


  • In a small bowl, mix the oregano, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper.
  • Dry the chicken and put it in a large bowl. Sprinkle it with 2 tbsp. olive oil and spices and add the lemon juice. Leave it 20΄-30΄ in the refrigerator to marinate.
  • Preheat the fan-oven to 180ºC.
  • Add 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large oven pan. Heat it on the stove over medium to high heat.
  • When the oil is warm, add the chicken and cook on both sides until it turns brown, about 8΄-10΄. Transfer on to a plate.
  • Saute the green pepper in the same pan. Add that the plate with the chicken.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in the same pan. Saute the onions and red pepper. Cook for 5΄, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1΄. Then add the tomato, broth, spices and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and add the orzo.
  • Remove from the heat and put the chicken and pepper in the pan. The sauce should be cover 2-3 cm above the orzo. If necessary, add a little boiling water.
  • Transfer the pan to the preheated oven on the middle shelf. Bake without covering for 20΄. Remove from the oven, cover and let it stand for 5 mins. for the liquids to be absorbed. Do not stir.

Cook’s Tip

Juvetsi is eaten immediately. • If you want, serve with fresh chopped parsley and coarsely chopped feta cheese.

Doctor’s Tip

A chicken breast has 165 calories per 100 g. of which 80% is protein and 20% fat. A chicken leg has 209 calories per 100 g. of which 53% is protein and 47% is fat.

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