Chicken with tomato sauce and peas (Κοτόπουλο κοκκινιστό με αρακά)

Chicken with tomato sauce and peas (Κοτόπουλο κοκκινιστό με αρακά)

A pot of goodness that will satisfy your whole family

This may actually be one of our favourite meals. Not only does this dish of chicken, cooked alongside potatoes and peas in a rich tomato sauce satisfy all sorts of comfort cravings, it also comes together pretty easily.  Nothing too fancy in terms of technique or ingredients, this is humble, real Greek food.  This is the type of meal we grew up on, and this is the type of meal that we turn to today, when we want something that tastes like home.

Chicken with tomato sauce and peas (Κοτόπουλο κοκκινιστό με αρακά)

Helpful hints

It is usually always more economical to purchase a whole chicken that you then cut up into serving size pieces yourself versus buying chicken pieces.  Don’t be intimidated!  All you really need is a sharp knife, a cutting board and perhaps this tutorial from Martha Stewart.


After portioning your chicken, you will be left with the carcass.  This is perfect for making a stock that you can then use for avgolemono soup.

We need to note that before frying the chicken, our parents like to boil it for about 5 minutes in water and 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar, before frying it.  According to them, this helps to eliminate some of the fat.  Who knows if this is true! Maybe the vinegar also adds a subtle flavour…but even that is unclear.  If you don’t feel like doing this step, it’s probably fine to skip it (we won’t tell our folks).

The amount of pepper listed in this recipe is a lot; it’s not a mistake.  Surprisingly, the end result is not too peppery…it is just right!


If you love the idea of this dish, but are looking for something vegetarian (actually, vegan), check out our recipe for stewed green peas.  Equally delicious, minus the chicken.

Chicken with tomato sauce and peas (Κοτόπουλο κοκκινιστό με αρακά)
Chicken with tomato sauce and peas (Κοτόπουλο κοκκινιστό με αρακά)
Chicken with tomato sauce and peas (Κοτόπουλο κοκκινιστό με αρακά)

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A pot of goodness that will satisfy your whole family

Chicken with tomato sauce and peas

A pot of goodness that will satisfy your whole family
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Mia Kouppa


  • Frying pan or skillet
  • Large saucepot


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) olive oil
  • 4 medium sized (or 8 small) yellow fleshed potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 2 medium sized carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 ½ cups (375 mL) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups (500 mL) water
  • 750 grams frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh dill, chopped


  • Carve your raw chicken into 8 – 10 pieces; you will end up with 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, 2 wings, and 2 breasts which depending upon the size, you may want to cut further in half (so you will either end up with 2 breast pieces, or 4 small pieces).  Remove the excess skin off of the chicken pieces.  Discard the carcass or reserve it to make stock.
  •  Season the chicken evenly with the 1 tablespoon of salt.
  • In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat and fry your chicken pieces for approximately 5 minutes per side or enough time that the chicken browns on the surface.  You may have to cook the chicken in batches.  As the chicken is removed from the skillet, transfer it directly into a large pot.
  • After your chicken is all browned, fry the potato wedges.   As with the chicken, you do not want them to cook through entirely; you only want your potatoes to be golden brown on the sides.  This will take 2 – 3 minutes per side.
  • As the potatoes cook, transfer these to the pot with the chicken.  Pour the olive oil that you had used for frying carefully (it is hot) into the pot as well.
  • To the pot of chicken and potatoes add the carrots, tomato sauce, pepper, cinnamon and water.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium.  Cover your pot and cook for approximately 25 minutes.
  • Add the peas to the pot, cover, and cook for an additional 10 – 15 minutes, over medium heat.  Lift the lid and add the chopped dill to the pot.  Return the cover.  Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • Prior to serving, mix the contents of the pot carefully with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Enjoy!

Thanks for sharing!


  1. This looks so easy and so delicious. Guess what I’m making tomorrow. Thank you

    1. miakouppa says:

      Oh thank you so much Amalia! We really hope that you love this recipe as much as we do! Would love to hear back after you try it 😉

  2. This looks amazing! I have to admit my favorite meal ever is green beans and potatoes from your site, this looks like it will give it some competition!

    1. miakouppa says:

      Hi Rebecca! We are SO happy that you enjoy the green beans and potatoes!! That’s one of our favourites too 🙂 If you like that, you will like also love this dish. It is SO good!! Hope that you give it a try. Let us know if you do 🙂 xoxo Helen & Billie

  3. In Portugal we do a very similar dish, except we do not add dill.
    Also, when the dish is almost ready we add several eggs to poach on top.

    1. miakouppa says:

      Oh that sounds so interesting!! Love the idea of the eggs on top. Thanks for sharing! xoxo Helen & Billie

  4. One of my parent’s neighbours brought some of this stew round while I was visiting them in Greece last week and it was the first thing I had to cook when I got home! I added some parsley and red wine, and also used blended fresh tomatoes instead of tinned + water because I prefer the brighter flavour in stews. It was so delicious! 🙂

    1. miakouppa says:

      This sounds really wonderful Georgios! xoxo Helen & Billie

  5. Greg Divine says:

    I made this tonight for dinner and it was absolutely amazing!!! I’ve had Greek chicken legs and peas and Greek peas and potatoes and they were wonderful but your recipe is heaven in a bowl . I’ve already added this to my Favorites and will certainly make it again . I live in the boring state of Kansas in the US but Greek food is my absolute favorite. I look forward to making more of your recipes because this one was so WOW! Thank you so very much for sharing your delicious recipe with us .5 stars

    1. miakouppa says:

      Yay!!! We are so happy to know that you tried this recipe and loved it. It is truly one of our favourites as well. If you love Greek food, we think you will really enjoy perusing through our website – we’ve got all the usual Greek recipes, plus a whole bunch more that are lesser known perhaps, but so delicious! Thank you for being here with us, and we hope you find much more to love. Keep us posted 🙂 xoxo Helen & Billie

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