Greek-Style Roast Chicken Kota Riganati

Greek-Style Roast Chicken Kota Riganati

Kota Riganati is a beloved Greek recipe. It’s a delicious and easy chicken dish with the signature flavors of olive oil, lemon, garlic and oregano.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Step 2

    Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, place pieces skin-side up in a large, nonreactive baking pan ( stainless steel is best).
  3. Step 3

    Drizzle the chicken with the olive oil and the lemon juice.
  4. Step 4

    Generously season with oregano, salt and pepper, and sprinkle moderately with garlic powder.
  5. Step 5

    Place a small pat of butter (about a tablespoon) or butter substitute on each piece of chicken.
  6. Step 6

    Add about 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Step 7

    Flip chicken pieces over and baste generously with pan juices. Bake an additional 20 minutes.
  8. Step 8

    Remove pan from oven and change oven heat setting to broil. Move oven rack to upper third of oven.
  9. Step 9

    Baste chicken again and broil skin side down until chicken is lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  10. Step 10

    Remove pan from the oven. Carefully drain pan juices and reserve in a heat-proof cup or bowl. The fat will separate from the pan juices and can be discarded.
  11. Step 11

    Flip chicken pieces again (skin-side up) and broil an additional 5 to 7 minutes until chicken is nicely golden brown. Be careful not to scorch.
  12. Step 12

    Transfer chicken to a platter and drizzle with de-fatted pan juices. Squeeze additional lemon juice over chicken if desired.