Metsovone Cheese Smothered Chicken with Vegetables


Metsovone Smothered Chicken

Metsovo is a mountainous town in the mainland Greece on its western side and cleaves to the great mountain of Pindos at 1.160 m height. It is a beautiful picturesque town that has kept its old houses and buildings. This town has given birth to some great benefactors of the newly born Greek State after its liberation from the Ottoman Empire. One of them was George Averof.

Averof was born in 1815 in Metsovo and he was the youngest son of 8 children. As it was very common during those ages, when he was 19 years old he left his town to try to create a career on his own. He went to Cairo in Egypt and worked as a clerk in his brother’s store. After his brother’s death he took over the store. Slowly slowly, he starts to deal with imports and exports and due to his commercial instinct and smart moves he managed to become very rich and with high connections. He was considered to be one of the most important persons in Egypt and a very influential figure of the Greek community.

Metsovone Smothered Chicken

He created a vast fortune which he used to help the newly born, poor and unstable Greek country. Among other things he gave money for the expansion of the National Technical University in Athens, for the reconstructions of the Panathenian Stadium where the first modern Olympic games took place, for the construction of military school, for the construction of agricultural school, for the construction of Athens Conservatory and finally the donation of 2,500,000 golden francs to the Navy so as to build a battleship which was named after him. George Averof died in Alexandria of Egypt in 1899 and his body was transferred to Greece and he was buried with great honors.

Metsovone Smothered Chicken

In this beautiful place, Metsovo, they produce two different cheeses that have Protected Designation of Origin. One is Metsovone cheese and the other one is Metsovela cheese. Metsovone is a semi-sharp smoked cheese. It is smoked with the Pasta Filata method and is left to mature for about three months. It is produced mainly from cow’s milk or a combination of cow’s milk with sheep or goat’s milk. It has a beautiful bold flavor and it goes perfectly with meat or in sandwiches.

I wanted to make a Saturday meal that would be a crowd pleaser and I couldn’t think of anything more suitable than smothered chicken.

Metsovone Smothered Chicken

 

4.8 from 5 reviews
Metsovone Cheese Smothered Chicken with Vegetables
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless
  • 400 gr. / 14 oz. white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 peppers, I used one red and one yellow bell pepper
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 250 gr. / 9 oz. Metsovone cheese or any other smoked cheese, grated
  • Salt, pepper
  • Paprika
  • Taco seasoning
  • Roasted asparagus to accompany the chicken
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven in 175°C / 350°F.
  2. In a pan scatter the peppers and onions and in another pan scatter the mushrooms.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and olive oil.
  4. Bake in batches until all of them are soft about 20 minutes.
  5. Cut each chicken breast lengthwise in two.
  6. Season them with salt, pepper, paprika and taco seasoning.
  7. In a skillet in high heat add the breasts in batches and sauté them until they take a nice golden color.
  8. Remove and set aside.
  9. In a pan place the chicken breasts one close to the other.
  10. Top them with the mushrooms, onions and peppers.
  11. Add the grated cheese on top.
  12. Bake in the same oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese takes a nice golden color
  13. Remove, set aside for five minutes and serve.
  14. I accompany the chicken with roasted asparagus but you can make French fries or mashed potatoes.

 
4.8 from 5 reviews
Φιλέτο Κοτόπουλο με Λαχανικά και Μετσοβόνε
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 4 στήθη κοτόπουλου, χωρίς πέτσα, χωρίς κόκαλα
  • 400 γρ. μανιτάρια, κομμένα σε φέτες
  • 2 πιπεριές, μια κόκκινη και μια κίτρινη πιπεριά
  • 1 κρεμμύδι, κομμένο σε φέτες
  • 250 γρ. τυρί μετσοβόνε ή οποιοδήποτε άλλο καπνιστό τυρί, τριμμένο
  • Αλάτι, πιπέρι
  • Πάπρικα
  • Καρύκευμα Taco
  • Ψητά σπαράγγια για συνοδευτικό
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμαίνετε το φούρνο στους 175° C.
  2. Σε ένα ταψί βάλτε τις πιπεριές και τα κρεμμύδια και σε ένα άλλο ταψί σκόρπιστε τα μανιτάρια.
  3. Πασπαλίστε με αλάτι, πιπέρι και ελαιόλαδο.
  4. Ψήστε σε παρτίδες, έως ότου μλακώσουν περίπου 20 λεπτά.
  5. Κόψτε κάθε στήθος κοτόπουλου κατά μήκος στα δύο.
  6. Βάλτε αλάτι, πιπέρι, πάπρικα και το καρύκευμα taco.
  7. Σε ένα τηγάνι σε δυνατή φωτιά προσθέστε τα στήθη σε παρτίδες και σωτάρετε μέχρι να πάρουν ένα ωραίο χρυσαφί χρώμα.
  8. Σε ένα ταψί, τοποθετήστε τα στήθη κοτόπουλου το ένα κοντά στο άλλο.
  9. Βάλτε από πάνω τα μανιτάρια, τα κρεμμύδια και τις πιπεριές.
  10. Προσθέστε το τριμμένο τυρί από πάνω.
  11. Ψήστε στον ίδιο φούρνο για περίπου 20 λεπτά ή μέχρι το τυρί να πάρει ένα ωραίο χρυσαφί χρώμα
  12. Αφαιρέστε, αφήστε για πέντε λεπτά και σερβίρετε.
  13. Εγώ το συνόδευσα με ψητά σπαράγγια, αλλά μπορείτε να κάνετε τηγανητές πατάτες ή πουρέ πατάτας.

 

36 Responses to Metsovone Cheese Smothered Chicken with Vegetables

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  1. rebecca says:

    this looks like a wonderful summer dish

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  3. Not a huge fan of cheese, but I will join you for some yummy chicken and vegetable feasts :)

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  5. Kate says:

    There are very few cheeses I dislike, so I’m going to be on the lookout for this one.

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  7. Miz Helen says:

    We will love this dish it looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  9. This sounds fabulous! I have never had this type of cheese before, so will have to check it out :-)

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  11. Nicky says:

    Looks delicious. I like that the vegetables are under all that cheese. My children, who aren’t fond of peppers, would devour this no questions asked.

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  13. Kate says:

    Chicken, cheese, and vegetables? Sounds like a complete meal to me!

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  15. I love anything smothered in cheese and mushrooms too, so this is my kind of dish, it sounds wonderful! I’d love to try the Metsovone cheese too!

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  17. Jessica says:

    This looks incredible, especially paired with the asparagus! My husband is allergic to mushrooms though. Do you think there is something else would work well with these flavors as a replacement?

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  19. Sissi says:

    “Smothered chicken” sounds already so tempting I’m getting hungry reading the title only, but the photographs are just amazing! So sunny (I crave sunshine! we’ve been having the worst spring in my life I think… we still needed heating two days ago, it’s raining, cloudy, dark and windy…. so seeing your beautiful bright photographs makes me dream of trips to Greece :-)

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  21. Erlene A says:

    You have such interesting stories.I love cheese and I’m curious what Metsovone cheese tastes like.

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  23. Susan says:

    Cheese makes everything better :) I wish I know what your local cheese tastes like – it must be wonderful and so delicious combined with the chicken and vegetables!

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  25. grace says:

    smothering is a bad thing, unless it’s done with cheese! this looks so delicious and your plating is fabulous!

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  27. Pam says:

    Averof definitely spread the wealth to benefit Greece; it’s amazing what all he did for others! Your chicken looks and sounds delicious and I can imagine how wonderful the cheese is. Thanks for the recipe and history!

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  29. Monica says:

    What a gorgeous plate! I just want to dig right in!

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  31. Hadia says:

    Gorgeous presentation and sounds so delicious.

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  33. Such a vibrant and delicious looking dish. Roasted vegetables and chicken looks like a great pairing. Love how beautiful this platter looks. 😀

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  35. NancyC says:

    I love smoked cheese, so I think I’d love Metspvpme Cheese and this delicious-looking dish!

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  37. mjskitchen says:

    Now I’m really hungry. First your awesome feta mousse with tomato confit and now this delicious chicken dish! What a meal!

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  39. kushi says:

    This one is interesting and delicious :-) Love the way you have presented it :-)

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  41. Velva says:

    Katerina, this is a delightful dish. Of course the cheese really got my attention. Local cheese are the best!

    Velva

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  43. GiGi Eats says:

    My fiance HATES mushrooms, however, I have a feeling – if I served him this, he would DEVOUR ALL OF IT – mushrooms included!

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  45. Sarah says:

    Love learning about the history you post here! I can just imagine how wonderful and fragrant this dish is with those veggies and local cheese.

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  47. Love cheesy dishes! This one is terrific — tons of flavor, and it’s gorgeous. Terrific food styling. Thanks!

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  49. Liz says:

    I love dishes smothered in cheese, but your chicken looks extra special! So elegant!!

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  51. dev says:

    You have used all of my favorite ingredients chicken, asparagus, bell peppers and mushrooms. I think I am gonna try this recipe for dinner tonight, looks delicious.

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  53. Juliana says:

    I love how you presented this dish…so pretty with the asparagus layer…the chicken must taste delicious with the bell peppers and mushrooms…
    Hope you are having a fantastic week Katerina :)

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  55. Louise says:

    Wow, Katerina, that sounds like one remarkable man! Thank you so much for sharing the story and introducing us to two unique cheeses:)

    Of course your Cheese Smothered Chicken looks amazingly delicious. Your guests were quite lucky…thanks for sharing, Katerina…

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  57. manu says:

    Wow what a beautiful presentation!!!
    Have a nice day

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  59. mia xara says:

    It looks delicious, Katerina!Lots of flavor with the smoked cheese!!! Have a great week:)

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  61. Kind of funny I am eating asparagus right now. That dish looks wonderful and I want to try that cheese

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  63. Gloria says:

    What interesting story and lovely plate. I love asparagus :)
    I would love to know Greece some day.

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  65. Ilka says:

    Such a beautiful light dish and perfect for the Summer months!

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  67. mia maria says:

    Τι ωραίο φαγητό! Χορταστικό και καλοκαιρινό!
    Καλή εβδομάδα Κατερίνα μου!

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  69. Η πιο νοστιμη τρίλιζα 😉

    Καλή εβδομάδα!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

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  71. I wish I could join you for the lunch! Chicken breast and asparagus are my top favourites.

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