Thursday, May 7, 2009

Iro's Chicken and Potatoes

Iro was a neighbor in Marine Corps housing at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Her husband met her in Greece and after a whirlwind romance married her and brought her to the USA. Unable to conceive, she adored our toddler daughter, who we called Kristi in those days, always calling her Kistiniki. I never make this simple but tasty dish without thinking of Iro and wondering where she is now. You will have to guess as far as amounts go. Iro never measured anything. Err on the generous side, because the water will dilute everything.


One chicken, cut up
(I usually use chicken breasts instead.)
sliced potatoes
Lemon juice
Garlic salt, or if you use fresh chopped garlic, add salt
black pepper
parsley flakes
olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chicken pieces and sliced potatoes in a 9" x 13" pan, or casserole dish of similar size. Add garlic salt, pepper, oregano, parsley flakes and juice of two lemons. If you use reconstituted lemon juice, start with about 1/3 cup. Pour some olive oil over the top. Add some water till not quite covered. Cover with aluminum foil or lid and bake for about 45 min. and then uncover and bake till potatoes are done. Nice served with spinach.