Broiled chicken (Κότα ψητή)

Broiled chicken (Κότα ψητή)

Boiling then broiling gives the most delectable chicken!

Some things in life make no logical sense, and yet still seem to work.  This recipe is an example of that. Reading through the directions which follow you would assume that the chicken, which is boiled twice and then broiled, would end up over-cooked and dry; certainly not something worth writing about.  But, you would be wrong.  Despite the somewhat unusual cooking method and minimal seasoning, you end up with a meal which is delicious, tender and definitely worth posting about.

Broiled chicken (Κότα ψητή)
Helpful hints

This recipe calls for chicken drumsticks with the thighs still attached.  You could use only drumsticks if you like, or only thighs.  If you choose the latter, be sure to use the thighs with the bone.

Why boil the chicken twice before broiling?

You will notice that you boil the chicken twice, and you will change the water in between.  Our parents believe that doing so helps to remove excess fat; that seems to make sense, so we suggest that you do as our parents do.

What kind of pan do you need to make broiled chicken?

You will need a roasting pan with a rack for this recipe. As you are broiling the chicken you will also be steaming it by having water in the base of the roasting pan.

What to serve with broiled chicken

We love to serve our simple chicken recipe with a green salad, like the classic Greek maroulosalata. We also like to add some broccoli or home made french fries – or both!

Broiled chicken (Κότα ψητή)
Broiled chicken (Κότα ψητή)
Broiled chicken (Κότα ψητή)
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Broiled chicken (Κότα ψητή)

Broiled chicken

Broiled chicken is made by boiling then broiling, for the most delectable meal!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 441kcal
Author: Mia Kouppa



  • 5 chicken drumsticks, with thighs still attached
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried Greek oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Greek olive oil


  • Boil a large pot of water and add the chicken to it. Boil for about 30 minutes. Drain and discard the water. Wash your pot and reboil a large pot of water. Add the chicken to the fresh water and boil for an additional 30 minutes
    5 chicken drumsticks, with thighs still attached
  • Remove the chicken from the pot. Sprinkle it with salt, oregano and paprika.
    1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp dried Greek oregano, 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • Turn your oven on to Broil.
  • Place your chicken pieces on the rack of a roasting pan. Add about 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the pan (about 1 inch deep). Broil your chicken for 10 minutes. Flip the pieces over carefully and broil for an additional 10 minutes, until they are golden brown on all sides. Place your chicken on a platter and pour the lemon juice and olive oil over the chicken.
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup Greek olive oil
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1871mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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