Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Chicken with cracked wheat (Kota me pligouri)


  • 1 small chicken (1kg)
  • 500g hulled barley or wheat (bulgur)
  • 50g fresh butter (optional)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 stalks celery, with leaves, chopped
  • salt and pepper


  • Place the chicken and vegetables in a pot with enough water to cover.
  • Add salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until chicken falls off the bones, about 1 hour.
  • Remove the meat and cool.
  • Return the bones to the stock, simmer another 15-20 minutes, cool and strain.
  • Meanwhile chop the chicken and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter and saute the bulgur.
  • Slowly add the hot stock, stir, and simmer, covered, over very low heat foe 2 hours, occasionally stirring until the bulgur cracks.
  • About 20 minutes before the end, stir in the chopped chicken.
  • Pour some melted butter on top and serve.

(serves 4)

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