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Chicken with Figs – Greek Recipe

2014/09/02 by Varga László

Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe

I had the idea of this recipe from my holiday in Greece: they have very good wines and plenty of figs, and a lot of yummy seafood, but that will be the focus of other posts.

So, on the way back from Lefkada we stopped at a market and between other goodies bought some figs, a Greek red wine and a big can of extra virgin olive oil. A friend helped me pick the right kind of olive oil because it was only labeled in Greek 😉 .

Back home, I only needed the chicken and on a late August night I cooked the following dish. It was one of the tastiest I cooked or tested lately.

Ingredients (3-4 servings):

  • 700 g chicken breasts
  • 8-10 fresh figs, even a bit overripeChicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
  • 250 ml Imiglykos Greek red wineChicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
  • 2 bay leaves
  • the juice of half lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Greek virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preparation method:

  1. Halve the figs., set aside some halves for decoration.Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
  2. Wash the chicken breasts and cut each of them into 4 smaller pieces. Salt and pepper them and leave them 5 minutes.Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
  3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and, over high heat lightly, Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipefry the chicken breasts on both sides.Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
  4. Turn heat to medium low and add the halved figs, wine, lemon juice and bay leaves.Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
  5. Simmer for around 20 minutes until sauce reduced and the figs are mostly dissolved in the sauce.Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe
  6. Serve with rice or potatoes, garnish with the fresh fig halves and some mint leaves.

Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe Chicken with Figs - Greek Recipe


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