Greek Breaded Cheesy Chicken Nuggets with Baked Potatoes / Κοτομπουκιές


Μετάφραση της συνταγής πιο κάτω

I’ve been away from blogging for a while as we recently relocated to Peloponnese.

A few months ago, Foodie requested its members to submit kid friendly recipes and a selection of these recipes were recently posted in their e-cookbook.  Three of my recipes were selected and published in their e-cookbook “Family Flavours, Favourite Recipes, from Foodie.

One of the recipes I chose to make were chicken nuggets, as kids love them and homemade nuggets are far better than the fast food version because you control the ingredients and can turn unhealthy meals into healthy ones!

I usually bake them in  the oven but some times instead of baking the nuggets I also deep fry them in olive oil and serve them with mashed potatoes mixed with pumpkin puree and other vegetables.

You can find this recipe in page 78 – 81 of the e-cookbook.

Greek Breaded Cheesy Chicken Nuggets with Baked Potatoes, recipe by Ivy

Preparation time:  30 minutes

Cooking time:  about 1 hour

Serves:  4

Ingredients:

  • 1.10 lbs / 500 grams chicken breast
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano and thyme
  • 3.5 oz. / 100 grams Greek yoghurt
  • 3.5 oz. / 100 grams feta
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

Breading:

  • 1.40 oz / 40 grams dried bread crumbs
  • 3.5 oz. / 100 grams bacon flavoured cheese crackers
  • 1.05 oz. / 30 grams almonds
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice mixture

Baked Potatoes:

  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • Freshly grated black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup water

My Greek Spice mixture

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Makes: about 5 tbsp
Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp mixed peppercorns (black, red, green, white)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (black or yellow)
  • 1 tsp tarragon
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp coarse sea salt

Directions:

  1. Crush all the ingredients together using a pestle and mortar or an electric spice grinder.
  2. Store in a tightly capped jar.
  3. Do not refrigerate.
  4. Most of these ingredients are used in Greek cuisine, so you can use in any way you like for a little extra flavor in your Greek dishes.
  5. Wash chicken and cut it into 0.40 inch / 1 cm thin slices.
  6. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and oregano.
  7. In a bowl add yoghurt, feta and mustard and mix with a hand mixer until creamy.
  8. Add the Chicken and marinate for an hour.
  9. In a food processor add the crackers, bread crumbs almonds and spices and mix to make bread crumbs.
  10. Dip the chicken pieces in the bread crumbs.
  11. Preheat oven to 180o C / 350o F.
  12. Wash and cut the potatoes in the middle and each piece cut it into 1 inch / 2.54 cm wedges.  Put them in a baking dish and season with salt, freshly ground black pepper and oregano.  Add the olive oil, lemon juice and water.
  13. Bake potatoes until golden on one side and then turn them over.  Add more water if needed. Bake until lightly coloured, for about 20 minutes and then add the chicken nuggets on top and bake for 15 – 20 more minutes.
  14. Serve with a Greek salad.

Note:  Instead of baking the nuggets with potatoes, you can also bake them alone by placing them in a baking tin lined with parchment paper and bake them for 25 – 30 minutes.  You can also deep fry them in olive oil and serve them with mashed potatoes or other vegetables.

You can also see my Greek Zucchini,  Potato & Feta Cake on pages 90 – 91.

Κοτομπουκιές με πατάτες στο Φούρνο, συνταγή της Ήβης

Χρόνος Προετοιμασίας:  30 λεπά

Χρόνος Μαγειρέματος:  περίπου 1 ώρα

Μερίδες:  4

Υλικά:

  • 500 γραμμάρια στήθος κοτόπουλο
  • Αλάτι
  • Φρεσκοτριμμένο μαύρο πιπέρι
  • 1 κ.γ. ρίγανη και θυμάρι
  • 100 γραμμάρια γιαούρτι
  • 100 γραμμάρια φέτα
  • 1 κουταλιά μουστάρδα Dijon
  • Πανάρισμα:
  • 40 γραμμάρια φρυγανιά τριμμένη grams
  • 100 γραμμάρια αλμυρά κρακεράκια με γεύση μπέικον
  • 30 γραμμάρια αμύγδαλα
  • 1 κουταλιά μείγμα μπαχαρικών

Πατάτες ψητές:

  • 4 πατάτες
  • 1 κουταλιά αλάτι
  • Φρεσκοτριμμένο μαύρο πιπέρι
  • 1 κουταλιά ρίγανη
  • 1 κούπα ελαιόλαδο
  • ¼ κούπας χυμό λεμονιού
  • 1 κούπα νερό

Μείγμα Μπαχαρικών:

Χρόνος προετοιμασίας: 5 λεπτά

Γίνονται: περίπου 5 κουταλιές

Υλικά:

  • 1 κουταλιά ρίγανη
  • 1 κουταλιά θυμάρι
  • 1 κ.γ. κόλιανδρο
  • 1 κ.γ. ανάμεικτα πιπέρια (μαύρο, ροζ, πράσινο και λευκό)
  • 1 κ.γ. μαραθόσπορο
  • 1 κ.γ. χονδρό θαλασσινό αλάτι
  • 1 κ.γ. σινάπι (μαύρο ή κίτρινο)
  • 1 κ.γ. εστραγκόν
  • 1 κ.γ. γλυκιά πάπρικα ή μπούκοβο

Εκτέλεση:

  1. Κοπανίζουμε τα μπαχαρικά στο γουδί ή ακόμη καλύτερα σε ηλεκτρικό μύλο μπαχαρικών.  Το υπόλοιπο το αποθηκεύουμε σε βαζάκι που κλείνει αεροστεγώς, εκτός ψυγείου.  Μπορούμε να χρησιμοποιήσουμε αυτό το μείγμα στις περισσότερες Ελληνικές συνταγές.
  2. Πλένουμε το κοτόπουλο και το κόβουμε σε λεπτές φέτες περίπου ενός εκατοστού.  Το αλατοπιπερώνουμε και ρίχνουμε ρίγανη και θυμάρι.
  3. Βάζουμε σε ένα μπωλ το γιαούρτι, τη φέτα και τη μουστάρδα και τα ανακατεύουμε με ένα μίξερ χειρός μέχρι να γίνει σαν κρέμα.  Προσθέτουμε το κοτόπουλο και το μαρινάρουμε για περίπου 1 ώρα.
  4. Βάζουμε στο μούλτι τα κρακεράκια, τη φρυγανιά, τα αμύγδαλα και τα ανάμεικτα μπαχαρικά και τα ανακατεύουμε να γίνουν τρίμματα.  Dip the chicken pieces in the bread crumbs.
  5. Προθερμαίνουμε το φούρνο στους 180o C / 350o F.
  6. Πλένουμε και κόβουμε τις πατάτες στη μέση και κάθε κομμάτι σε φέτες περίπου 3 εκ.
  7. Τις βάζουμε σε ταψί και ρίχνουμε αλάτι, πιπέρι και ρίγανη και ανακατεύουμε.  Προσθέτουμε το ελαιόλαδο, χυμό λεμονιού και νερό.
  8. Ψήνουμε τις πατάτες μέχρι να ροδίσουν από τη μία μεριά και τις γυρνάμε.  Προσθέτουμε κι άλλο νερό εάν χρειάζεται.  Τις ψήνουμε μέχρι να αρχίσουν να ροδίζουν και τότε βάζουμε τις κοτομπουκιές από πάνω και ψήνουμε για περίπου 15 – 20 λεπτά.
  9. Σερβίρουμε με μια ωραία Χωριάτικη Σαλάτα.

Σημείωση:  Αντί να ψήσετε τις κοτομπουκιές στο φούρνο με πατάτες, μπορείτε να τις βάλετε σε λαδόκολλα και να τις ψήσετε για περίπου 25 – 30 λεπτά ή να τις τηγανίσετε σε ελαιόλαδο και να τις σερβίρετε με πουρέ κι άλλα βραστά λαχανικά.

Μπορείτε να βρείτε τη συνταγή για Αλμυρό Κέικ Κολοκυθιού στις σελίδες 90 – 91. Kopiaste and Kali Orexi / Κοπιάστε και Καλή Όρεξη,

Video with easy way to roll out Phyllo and make Kotopita (Chicken Galette)

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Kotopita is one of many types of meat pites. This particular pie is made with a horiatiko (village) phyllo pastry crust, which is very easy to handle and roll. I make kotopita with different kinds of fillings and two similar recipes are included in Volume 2 of my e-cookbook.

You can serve this Kotopita during the holidays as a starter. If you like you can make smaller ones. Grease your muffin tins with olive oil, line it with phyllo, add the filling and cheese on top and form into mini galettes.

The previous video, where I made Spanakopita, was in English but it wasn’t fair for the readers of my Greek blog, so this time I preferred not to speak but to add subtitles in both languages.

Kotopita (Chicken Galette, Recipe by Ivy

Horiatiko Phyllo

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams (1.10 lbs) all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup tepid water plus 2 tbsp
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup halloumi or graviera cheese

Kotopita filling:

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Baking time: about 45 minutes

Makes: 6 – 8 depending on size

  • 250 grams (8.80 oz) grated graviera or halloumi (divided). Some in phyllo, some in bechamel sauce and the remaining on top
  • Sesame seeds

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams (1.10 lbs) chicken breasts, boiled, skinned and cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup frozen corn, boiled for 10 minutes
  • 1 cup bell peppers (yellow, red, orange, green), julienned
  • ¼ cup, finely chopped parsley
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp spice mixture
  • 1/2 tsp tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika

Bechamel sauce:

  • 2 cups hot milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup graviera or halloumi

Potato and pumpkin puree

This is optional. I had some leftover Potato and pumpkin puree but you can add only some grated cheese one top.

Egg wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk

Directions:

Prepare the dough.

Sift the flour and mix in the salt. Put the flour in a large bowl and pour in the oil. Using your fingertips rub the oil until the flour has absorbed the oil. Add the egg and mix. Finally add the water gradually (more or less water may be necessary). Mix until the dough is soft but not sticky on your hands. Place on a floured surface and knead for a few minutes.

You can also make the dough in your stand mixer. Attach the dough paddle. Put all the ingredients, except water, in the mixer bowl and mix on low speed. Gradually add water until the dough is ready and does not stick on the walls of the bowl. Test with your fingers to see if it is sticky. If it is, add more flour. Set aside to rest.

Boil chicken for 30 minutes and when it cools, cut into small pieces.

To make the Bechamel sauce, heat the milk and set aside.

Beat the egg, mixing with a fork and set aside.

In a saucepan heat the olive oil and add the flour and mix thoroughly to make a roux. Add salt and nutmeg.

Add the warm milk, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thick and creamy. Remove from the heat.

Gradually add the beaten egg, a little at a time slowly, but stirring constantly until it is incorporated. Mix in the cheese.

Add the chicken, the parsley, the corn and bell peppers. Add salt, pepper, paprika and seasoning and mix.

Knead the dough for a few minutes and divide it into 6 – 8 pieces. Form them into a ball, dusting each piec with flour.

Flatten the disc and using a dowel rod roll out the dough. Flour your working surface and the dough regularly, each time rotating it and sometimes turning it over.

Place a 20 cm / 8 inch diametre plate on top and cut a round circle. Add 2 heaped spoonfuls of chicken filling in the centre. Then add the puree and finally some grated cheese to cover the filling.

Fold the outer parts of the galette into the centre, forming a round galette.

Line a large baking tin with parchment paper and place the galettes.

Beat the egg with a fork and mix in the milk. Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.

Bake in a preheated oven to 180o C / 350o F, for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and set aside for 10-15 minutes to cool before serving.

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