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After the overdose of butter and sugar during the Christmas period, you might want to eat something light, delicious and healthy for a change.  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.  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 posted  Kotopoulo Lemonato yet?  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.  They have orange groves and whenever we visit they fill the trunk with lots of bags of whatever they produce.  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:  20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Serves:  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.  Season with salt, pepper and oregano and wet them with the olive oil.   Add the potatoes in the bag and seal them with the wire provided with the bags.   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 in  a bowl.

In a non-stick frying pan heat the olive oil on medium heat and sauté the spring onions until translucent.  Add the flour and mix to make the roux.  Add the wine, mix then add the juices and stir until it begins to thicken.  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.  My special thanks go to Antonella, for selecting my blog but also for  placing a picture and a link to her blog for my cookbook without even asking her to do this.  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,  I am offering a copy of my cookbook.  All you have to do is  right click on the image of the book below and “save as” on your computer.  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.   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, of  Simplicity’s Table by the Sea, for her event of January,  Food of the Sun:   Healthy for 2011.

the month.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!!

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60 Comments on Kotopoulo Portokalato (Chicken with Oranges) and another Giveaway

  1. Rosa says:

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

    I will add the link.


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  2. 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. Ξανθή says:

    Πολύ ωραίο το κοτόπουλο σου!!!
    ΄Εβαλα στη σελίδα μου το βιβλίο σου.
    Α και τώρα θυμήθηκα μιας και λες για τι θα θέλαμε να ανεβάσεις εκείνο το αγριογούρουνο πολύ μου έκανε κλικ

  4. Ivy, this looks light and flavoursome!
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  5. That recipe looks yummy. I will have to make it. I always have oranges in my house.

  6. FrugalAntics says:

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

  7. simona says:

    healthy,delicious way for a chicken,love the sauce!

  8. Belinda says:

    I would like to win your cookbook and will add the link. Good recipes.

  9. Judy says:

    I love Greek food and would love to win a copy of your cookbook. I’ve pasted the image and link on my blog,
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  10. 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.
    My recent post Blueberry-Lavender Crumb Cake

  11. Added your cookbook to my blog!
    Please let me know if this looks ok. The link works. :)
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  12. With our oranges at their peak right now, this is the perfect dish for us!!
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  14. Judy says:

    Hi Ivy, I fixed the link and it is working now.
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  15. MaryMoh says:

    That is such a lovely dish. I love that orange sauce. I think I can even drink it 😀
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  16. Peter G says:

    A great twist on the usual lemonato Ivy! I must try it!
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  17. Eleni says:

    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 :-)

    Καλή τύχη


  18. Zazuza says:

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

  19. Katerina says:

    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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  20. Daiana says:

    Lovely blog! I like it very much! Congrats in you book!
    I posted it to my sidebar.
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  21. heni says:

    Nice appealing dish Ivy! Bookmarked it: good luck for the contest also!

  22. Alexandrina says:

    Thanks for the idea, i like it!
    Congrats on your book!
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  23. fimère says:

    une assiette à déguster ça a l'air délicieux j'adore
    bonne soirée

  24. Simona says:

    Chicken and orange marinade sounds like an interesting combination. And the plate looks very nice!
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  25. 5starfoodie says:

    The chicken must be super flavorful with this marinade, and I like the sauce too, an excellent meal!

  26. Reeni says:

    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.

  27. The marinade with orange sounds great with chicken. And, the sauce sounds fantastic too. A great chicken dish!
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  28. Maria says:

    The orange flavor sounds delicious. A great way to prepare chicken!
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  29. Clearance says:

    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!!

  30. Heni says:

    Ivy Check my post. I have also linked the cookbook.
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  31. FOODESSA says:

    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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  33. eftychia2011 says:

    Looks very tasty. The combination of orange and chicken is fantastic! I have added the cookbook to my new site.
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  34. Juliana says:

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

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  36. BenHerrera says:

    Somehow I missed this post, but I've added your book to my sidebar.
    Cheers and good luck my friend!

  37. Joumana is also in the draw. Thank you Joumana for the review you have posted.

  38. Bria says:

    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.

    Linkage to the post:

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  41. Jana Odonnell says:

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

  42. 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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  43. John says:

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

  44. Ismail N says:

    This looks delicious! Do you think I can substitute the white dry wine with something else? We don’t have wine or any alcoholic beverages in our pantry. 😀

  45. Detox Girl says:

    it looks very tasty! thanks for the recipe

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