About this recipe:In this glorious Greek dish, chicken is braised in a rich tomato sauce with orzo pasta. Top with a grated hard Greek cheese, such as Mizithra or Kefalotyri, or any other hard and salty cheese, such as Parmesan or Pecorino Romano.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 chicken legs, rinsed and patted dry
4 cloves garlic, pressed
2 bay leaves
1 pinch ground cloves
salt and ground black pepper to taste
450g uncooked orzo pasta
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Warm the oil in a large, wide pot over medium heat. Cook the onion in the hot oil until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Brown the chicken legs in the pot on all sides. Add the garlic; cook and stir for about 1 minute. Pour the passata and water over the chicken. Drop the bay leaves into the pot. Season with cloves, salt, and pepper. Lower the heat to medium-how; allow the mixture to simmer until the chicken meat is very tender and begins to pull off the bone, about 45 minutes.
Stir the orzo into the liquid in the pot and cook until the orzo is soft, another 15 to 25 minutes. Remove the bay leaves to serve.
You can find orzo pasta at some larger supermarkets, like Waitrose. Merchant Gourmet is a good brand.
Followed recipe to the letter and the sauce was initially very flavoursome and smelled fab but once the orzo was added, it was unfortunately very bland. Rescued it by adding chorizo And rosemary otherwise i would have probably thrown the pasta in the bin. Chicken was tasty though. - 27 Sep 2012