After the overdose of butter and sugar during the Christmas period, you might want to eat something light, delicious and healthy for a change.u00c2u00a0 I know that I do and although personally I shall start eating healthier, I still need to post some of the recipes I have made during the holidays.

On New Year’s Day I posted a list with recipes I made during 2010 and did not manage to post them and believe me there are many more I have not mentioned.u00c2u00a0 If you want to see any of these recipes posted, just leave me a message and I shall try and post them the soonest.

I am starting this list with Kotopoulo Portokalato, which is a paraphrase to Kotopoulo Lemonato, a classic Greek recipe with chicken and lemon, which was a request from one of the readers of my Greek blog.

Do you believe I haven’t postedu00c2u00a0 Kotopoulo Lemonato yet?u00c2u00a0 Although I cook this dish quite often, I just realized that although I have prepared the above dish since early 2009, I have not posted it yet!!

The Chicken with oranges was cooked last March when my son visited our relatives in Sparta.u00c2u00a0 They have orange groves and whenever we visit they fill the trunk with lots of bags of whatever they produce.u00c2u00a0 See my post back then.

We ate as many as we could but also used them in a lot of recipes, most of which have not been posted yet.

This recipe is so easy to make (did I mention how healthy and delicious it is?), all you have to do is marinate the chicken in an oven bag and then bake it in the oven.

The sauce is optional and it is not recommended when you are on a diet, but it would be a pity to waste all the deliciousness from the chicken juices, so may be you can allow yourself to add just a couple of tablespoons only :)

Kotopoulo Portokalato (Orange Chicken), Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time:u00c2u00a0 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Serves:u00c2u00a0 5 – 6


1 chicken about 1,5 kilos (3.30 lbs)
10 – 15 small potatoes
Salt, pepper, oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil

Marinade ingredients

2 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon thyme
Freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

2 tbsps olive oil
2 spring onions, finely cut
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 cup white dry wine
Liquid from the chicken
2 tablespoons milk or single cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Mix in the orange juice all the marinade ingredients.

Wash the chicken and put it in the baking bag together with the marinade ingredients and marinate for 1 – 2 hours.

After the marinating time, peel and wash the potatoes and if you are using big ones, cut them into smaller pieces.u00c2u00a0 Season with salt, pepper and oregano and wet them with the olive oil.u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0 Add the potatoes in the bag and seal them with the wire provided with the bags.u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0 Place the bag in a baking dish and make a couple of slits on the top side of the bag so that steam may escape but prevent the juices from coming out.

Preheat oven at 200oC/395oF and bake the chicken and potatoes for about 1 hour or according to directions on roasting bags.

After roasting the chicken, cut a hole in one corner of the bag and remove all the juices inu00c2u00a0 a bowl.

In a non-stick frying pan heat the olive oil on medium heat and sauté the spring onions until translucent.u00c2u00a0 Add the flour and mix to make the roux.u00c2u00a0 Add the wine, mix then add the juices and stir until it begins to thicken.u00c2u00a0 Taste and adjust with salt and pepper and finally add the milk and mix again for a few minutes.

I am linking this recipe to Antonella’s blog, who will be featuring it in Mediterranea, representing Greece.u00c2u00a0 My special thanks go to Antonella, for selecting my blog but also foru00c2u00a0 placing a picture and a link to her blog for my cookbook without even asking her to do this.u00c2u00a0 Antonella is automatically in a draw.

To show my appreciation to all of you who will follow Antonella’s footsteps by helping me promote my cookbook,u00c2u00a0 I am offering a copy of my cookbook.u00c2u00a0 All you have to do isu00c2u00a0 right click on the image of the book below and «save as» on your computer.u00c2u00a0 Then upload it to your side bar with a link to my blog or directly to my e-store and leave me a message at this post with your URL. u00c2u00a0 As I cannot offer a copy to each one of you individually, I want to thank you in advance for your kindness and at the end of this month, one of you will be the winner by a selection.


I am also linking it to Heni, ofu00c2u00a0 Simplicity’s Table by the Sea, for her event of January,u00c2u00a0 Food of the Sun:u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0 Healthy for 2011.

the month.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!!

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57 u00cfu0083u00cfu0087u00cfu008cu00ceu00bbu00ceu00b9u00ceu00b1 on Kotopoulo Portokalato (Chicken with Oranges) and another Giveaway

  1. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Rosa u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Mmmmhhh, so flavorful! That combination is mouthwatering and delightful.

    I will add the link.


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  2. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Cooking with my soul u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Hello Ivy. I didn't pass by for a very long time. I was very busy. I am happy that you published your book. It is my pleasure to place a link to it on my blog. Have a nice day and a better year.

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  3. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Ξανθu00ceu00ae u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Πολu00cfu008d ωραu00ceu00afο το κοτu00cfu008cπουλο σου!!!
    u00ceu0084Εβαλα στη σελu00ceu00afδα μου το βιβλu00ceu00afο σου.
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  4. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 FrugalAntics u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    What a mouth watering photo of a super tasting dish. I love citrus with chicken. This will be a fun recipe to try.

  5. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Banana Wonder u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    The only time I eat chicken is when I'm in Greece. The chicken tastes real there and you can even tell by your photos the parts aren't massive like they are in the states (from all the hormones). Love the orange flavors too.
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  6. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Eleni u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Γεια σας

    I smiled when I saw the name of the dish, Toula Portokalos came to mind : ^)

    I don't have a blog so I'll just go to Amazon and purchase it – it's already in my wishlist :-)

    Καλu00ceu00ae τu00cfu008dχη


  7. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Zazuza u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    congrats on your book – I saw it on Alison's blog (from Romania) – I think it's wonderful what you are doing!

  8. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Katerina u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Very tasty the portokalato chicken. I am overdozed of everything after this Christmas. To detox I will have to eat salads and soups for a month. Filakia!
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  9. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Reeni u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I love the sound of this orange chicken Ivy! And the sauce sounds like something special. I will stop back tomorrow and add a link as I am not on my usual computer right now.

  10. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 lisaiscooking u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    The marinade with orange sounds great with chicken. And, the sauce sounds fantastic too. A great chicken dish!
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  11. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Clearance u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    This looks absolutely delicious! I haven’t had a good Kotopoulo Portokalato since childhood. My greek grandmother used to add a little smoked pimentón to her's for a little extra kick. Thanks for sharing this tasty treat!!

  12. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 FOODESSA u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Ivy, it seems like we're in the mood for tasty chicken this week ;o)
    I love the ingredients you splurged with that marinade…yum.
    I have a few recipes that I'll be trying out during the winter months…and yours is now part of that list.

    Now, a little something about the promo of that lovely recipe book of yours. I still have it on my personal wishlist (my B-day is coming up soon…maybe I'll be surprised with it). Friends of mine love Greek food and I've passed the announcement to them too. What I will unfortunately not do is link it in my blog because it would be incredibly unfair to the other few bloggers (who have books too) and which I exchange comments with as well. I think you surely understand this. This is the same reason why I don't do or accept guest posting. I do my best behind the scenes and remain neutral on my blog ;o)

    Here's wishing you the very best with I'm sure a well creatively dedicated cookbook.
    Flavourful wishes,
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  14. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 eftychia2011 u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Looks very tasty. The combination of orange and chicken is fantastic! I have added the cookbook to my new site.
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  15. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Juliana u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Ivy, this chicken dish looks yummie, absolutely love the orange in it…love chicken with citrus flavor…so tasty :-)

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    Hi Ivy! I mentioned your cookbook giveaway in my blog post today. Any book with such a beautiful cover and a title that includes blossom water is a winner for me.

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    My greek grandmother used to add a little smoked pimentón to her’s for a little extra kick. Glad to meet you Daiana.

  20. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Bill Brikiatis u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    If your relatives are from Sparta that must mean you are a Maniots, a very proud group of folks. My family traditionally makes a dish very much like this one. Does your book have recipes that are traditionally from this region or just Greece in general?
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  21. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 John u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Thanks for this recipe. Will try this at home now that it’s summer. I think my kids will surely love this.


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