Hilopites with Chicken Litsa

Written by litsa on. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Hilopites with Chicken  (Youvetsi)

Hilopites a traditional Greek pasta (comfort food ) children love this food (children friendly)

Just like Orzo we love hilopites!I remember growing up how proud the women were making hilopites and Trahana, using the best ingredients at the time!

They spend days making those homemade kinds of pasta!

Now you find them easy in the supermarket, but when I visit Greece I look for the homemade ones, they are still ladies making them and selling them privately!

The locals are there to help you with all this! Word of mouth advertising is very big in Greece!

This is a nice traditional Greek recipe, it works with Lamb, Veal, and Beef, you just have to cook the meat longer.

A Sunday meal for Greek families, So delicious! The correct name is Youvetsi

Recipe for 4 people

Hipolites with chicken

Hilopites with Chicken

  • Ingredients
  • 6chicken legs visible fat removed and cut in two
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion sliced 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 cup prepared tomato sauce
  • 3 cups hot water
  • Salt and pepper ½ tsp. sugar
  • 2 cups Hilopites and 4 cups hot water

Here is how

In a heavy pan add the olive oil, onion, and garlic, sauté for a few min. over medium heat.

Add chicken and continue cooking for 6-8 min.

Deglaze with the wine, add tomato sauce, water, salt, and pepper.

Cover and cook for 10-15 min.

At this point place chicken with sauce in an ovenproof casserole pan,

Add 2 cups Hilopites and 4 cups hot water adjust seasonings and cook in a hot oven for20-25 min at 350 stirring occasionally.

When done remove and let stand for 5 min. Serve with grated cheese.My cheese of choice

My cheese of choice Kefalotiri.

Litsa’s Tip:

Long grain rice, elbow pasta, and penne work well with this recipe.

I love soups and casseroles, real food comfort food that doesn’t come out of a can, food that is pure.

This is one of my favorite Winter recipes, super easy, fast and a hit every time with my family and friends!




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Children's book and cookbook author Litsa Bolontzakis is an expert on Greek cooking and that culture's easy, simple way of life. Her desire is to help other families learn from her culture how to appreciate the simple things in life and grow to enjoy the seasons and the gifts they bring.

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