Chicken Pockets Stuffed with Feta and Yogurt


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September has already entered and along with it fall as well. Although temperatures in Greece are still high, if one observes carefully, notices that some leaves have started to fall here and there, days are shorter than nights and summer heat is replaced by a cooler breeze that obliges you to use a light sweater or jacket at nights.

Along with September and fall comes the beginning of the school year for all children. In Greece schools start on September 11th. I know for my friends in the US this is a very tragic date full of sadness and bad memories. I still remember that day when I was watching on TV all this madness that was going on. I was much stressed as well, because my brother was working in a company at Wall Street back then and we didn’t know what was going on. Thankfully, that day he was studying for his exams and he was at his apartment far away from the incident. So many innocent lives gone in minutes. I hope one day everyone on this earth irrespectively of country or race will enjoy safety, freedom and prosperity. I think that would be the most important achievement of humanity!

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But going back to schools, let me talk to you a little bit about our educational system. The basic education in Greece consists of six years in elementary school and six years in high school. Completing high school, children sit for exams by which they either enter a university or not. According to their grades and their stated preferences, they have several choices regarding specific areas of interest and locations of universities.

In Greece education is public, meaning that children have the choice of going to school and university for free. If one passes the exams, he/she can study for free at any of the State’s universities. Of course there are private schools and private colleges. Private schools are equal to public schools according to the State, but private colleges do not have the same validity with the public universities. The degrees from the State’s universities are the only ones the government recognize as valid for anyone who wishes to work at the public sector. In the private sector, each company sets its own standards, nevertheless, public university degrees are considered to be stronger and more reliable than the private college’s equivalent.

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Because of how this system is structured and because exams from high school to university are challenged by many for their validity, educational structure and reliability, many parents decide to send their children abroad to study. That’s why you will find Greek students in many countries around the world.

So, schools will start shortly and my son will start as a student on the 5th grade of elementary school. New class, new teacher, new lessons are coming. To tell you the truth, he is not very eager to start, but neither was I when I was at his age lol. Nevertheless, as I explained to him, school is necessary for him to acquire knowledge and be able to become a valuable member of society.

To celebrate fall and beginning of schools I made these delicious Chicken Pockets Filled with Feta Cheese and Yogurt. You cannot believe how tasty they were. Unfortunately, since this was a new recipe I came up with, I was reluctant to bake too many of them. That was not a good choice! The chicken breasts were so good that both my husband and son came for a refill and sadly I didn’t have any. But I promised to make them again next weekend with double the quantities I made the first time.

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Chicken Pockets Stuffed with Feta and Yogurt

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts

2 tbsp olive oil

3 small or two large green peppers, cut in four

8 kalamata or green olives, chopped

3 pickled cucumbers, chopped

3 tbsp feta cheese per breast, crumbled (total 12 tbsp)

2 tbsp yogurt per breast (total 8 tbsp)

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1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp fresh basil, chopped

½ tsp dried oregano

1 small onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

4 dried tomatoes, chopped

2 fresh tomatoes, sliced and each slice cut in half

½ cup chicken stock

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 200° C/ 400° F.

Take a deep baking pan.

Place the pieces of the green peppers in such way as to cover the bottom of the pan.

Pour the 2 tbsp of olive oil.

Set aside.

Cut the chicken breasts lengthwise paying attention to not cut completely.

Stop the knife before the edges of the breast forming a pocket that will receive the filling.

Salt and pepper them.

In a bowl mix the olives, the pickled cucumbers, the feta cheese, the yogurt, the sugar, the fresh basil, the dried oregano, the onion, the garlic and the dried tomatoes.

Take each breast; put the one half slice on the one inside side and another one on the other inside side of the pocket.

Put about two to three spoonfuls of the filling in the pocket and place the chicken breast with this side up on the baking pan.

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Repeat with the rest of the breasts.

Place the remaining halved slices of tomato in between the chicken pockets.

Be careful to choose a baking pan in which the breasts will be somewhat squeezed and thus they will remain in their place as they cook.

Pour the ½ cup of chicken stock.

Bake for one hour.

Remove, let it rest for 10 minutes and then serve.

It goes perfectly with French fries and/or baked potatoes.

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5.0 from 13 reviews

Chicken Pockets Stuffed with Feta and Yogurt
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 small or two large green peppers, cut in four
  • 8 kalamata or green olives, chopped
  • 3 pickled cucumbers, chopped
  • 3 tbsp feta cheese per breast, crumbled (total 12 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp yogurt per breast (total 8 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, sliced and each slice cut in half
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven to 200° C/ 400° F.
  2. Take a deep baking pan.
  3. Place the pieces of the green peppers in such way as to cover the bottom of the pan.
  4. Pour the 2 tbsp of olive oil.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Cut the chicken breasts lengthwise paying attention to not cut completely.
  7. Stop the knife before the edges of the breast forming a pocket that will receive the filling.
  8. Salt and pepper them.
  9. In a bowl mix the olives, the pickled cucumbers, the feta cheese, the yogurt, the sugar, the fresh basil, the dried oregano, the onion, the garlic and the dried tomatoes.
  10. Take each breast; put the one half slice on the one inside side and another one on the other inside side of the pocket.
  11. Put about two to three spoonfuls of the filling in the pocket and place the chicken breast with this side up on the baking pan.
  12. Repeat with the rest of the breasts.
  13. Place the remaining halved slices of tomato in between the chicken pockets.
  14. Be careful to choose a baking pan in which the breasts will be somewhat squeezed and thus they will remain in their place as they cook.
  15. Pour the ½ cup of chicken stock.
  16. Bake for one hour.
  17. Remove, let it rest for 10 minutes and then serve.
  18. It goes perfectly with French fries and/or baked potatoes.

5.0 from 13 reviews

Κοτόπουλα Γεμιστά με Φέτα και Γιαούρτι
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 4 στήθη κοτόπουλου
  • 2 κ.σ. ελαιόλαδο
  • 3 μικρές ή δύο μεγάλες πράσινες πιπεριές, στα τέσσερα
  • 8 πράσινες ελιές, ψιλοκομμένες
  • 3 αγγουράκια τουρσί, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 3 κ.σ. φέτα τριμμένη ανά στήθος (σύνολο 12 κ.σ.)
  • 2 κ.σ. γιαούρτι ανά στήθος (συνολικά 8 κ.σ.)
  • 1 κ.σ. ζάχαρη
  • 1 κ.γ. φρέσκο βασιλικό, ψιλοκομμένο
  • ½ κ.γ. αποξηραμένη ρίγανη
  • 1 μικρό κρεμμύδι, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 1 σκελίδα σκόρδο, λιωμένο
  • 4 λιαστές ντομάτες, ψιλοκομμένες
  • 2 φρέσκες ντομάτες, κομμένες σε φέτες και κάθε φέτα κομμένη στη μέση
  • ½ φλιτζάνι ζωμό κότας
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμένετε το φούρνο στους 200° C.
  2. Πάρτε ένα βαθύ ταψί.
  3. Τοποθετήστε τα κομμάτια της πράσινης πιπεριάς με τέτοιο τρόπο ώστε να καλύψουν τον πάτο του ταψιού.
  4. Ρίξτε τις 2 κουταλιές της σούπας ελαιόλαδο.
  5. Βάλτε στην άκρη.
  6. Κόψτε με ένα κοφτερό μαχαίρι τα στήθη κατά μήκος προσέχοντας να μην κοπούν στα δύο.
  7. Το μαχαίρι πρέπει να σταματήσει πριν φτάσει στις άκρες σχηματίζοντας μία τσέπη που θα τη γεμίσουμε.
  8. Αλατοπιπερώστε τα.
  9. Σε ένα μπολ ανακατέψτε τις ελιές, τα τουρσί, τη φέτα, το γιαούρτι, τη ζάχαρη, το φρέσκο βασιλικό, τη ρίγανη, το κρεμμύδι, το σκόρδο και τις λιαστές ντομάτες.
  10. Πάρτε ένα στήθος βάλτε μία μισή φέτα ντομάτας από τη μία εσωτερική πλευρά του στήθους και άλλη μία φέτα από την άλλη.
  11. Βάλτε περίπου δύο με τρεις κουταλιές από τη γέμιση και τοποθετήστε το στήθος με αυτή την πλευρά επάνω μέσα στο ταψί.
  12. Κάντε το ίδιο και για τα υπόλοιπα στήθη.
  13. Βάλτε τις υπόλοιπες φέτες της ντομάτας ανάμεσα στα στήθη.
  14. Επιλέξτε ένα ταψί όχι πολύ μεγάλο έτσι ώστε τα στήθη να στριμώχνονται ώστε να παραμείνουν στην ίδια θέση όσο μαγειρεύονται.
  15. Ρίξτε το ½ φλιτζάνι ζωμό από κοτόπουλο.
  16. Ψήστε για μία ώρα.
  17. Βγάλτε το από το φούρνο, αφήστε το να ξεκουραστεί για 10 λεπτά και σερβίρετε.
  18. Πάει τέλεια με πατάτες τηγανιτές ή/και πατάτες φούρνου.

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63 Responses to Chicken Pockets Stuffed with Feta and Yogurt

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  1. I love the idea of the feta cheese and baking it. definitely going to try this soon!

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  3. Lisa says:

    Thanks for your kind comments about 9/11. It is certainly a painful day for all of us that we can never, ever forget. Thanks, also, for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!” Your recipe looks delicious. I hope you will be able to join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2013/09/try-new-recipe-tuesday-september-24.html

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  5. BeBetsy says:

    Delicious chicken recipe with the feta and yogurt-looks so good.

    We FEATURED your chicken post at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT No. 23.

    Feel free to grab yourself a featured button or just link to the post. Our next party starts at midnight tonight… SO SEE YOU THERE!

    Sharon and Denise ♥

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  7. I love the way you cooked and presented these. I hate fiddling with trying to stuff chicken but this is a way I would definitely do. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. This is a feature.

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  9. Krista says:

    Congrats on being featured on this weeks Heavenly Achievements!

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  11. Miz Helen says:

    I can almost taste the fabulous flavor of this dish and I can hardly wait to try it. I will be making this recipe very soon. I really appreciate your comments about 9-11 and like you hope for peace. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  13. Thank you so much for linking up on The Best Blog Recipes last weekend! Wanted to stop by and pin to my Link Party Recipe board since you were a featured link at this week’s party!

    Shauna
    http://thebestblogrecipes.com/

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  15. Oh My!!! This is right up my alley!!! I am going to make this for my son when he comes home for the Holiday’s!!! Thanks for linking on Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!!

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  17. This recipe looks like something my hubby and I would love! Can’t wait to try this:) Wonderful~ Thanks for sharing at Tasty Tuesday~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  19. This is my next must make recipe. I LOVE chicken! It looks so delicious.

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  21. What a lovely recipe, packed full of flavours I love! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  23. Laura says:

    Feta makes everything so tasty! This looks gorgeous with lots of lovely flavours, and straight forward to make too. I’ll have to try this one evening for dinner. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. These chicken pockets look wonderful. I am definitely going to try them. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and I hope you will join us again this week.

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  27. Those are oozing with flavor! Sounds great!

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  29. Joanne says:

    I like to sing a little song that goes “chicken in the morning, chicken in the evening, chicken at supper time”. In other words, I can’t get enough chicken! The feta and yogurt combo in this recipe just adds in two more of my favorite things! Time for a new song!!

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  31. This looks delicious, I’ll definitely be trying it. I’m in the southern US. We have a Greek Orthodox church here in our city, and they have a huge Greek festival every year that we love to go to. It’s next weekend and we cannot wait to go enjoy all the wonderful food and tour the beautiful new church they built a couple years ago. Take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

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  33. Diane Balch says:

    Thank you for acknowledging the pain of 9/11 for us here in the US. I live only an hour from NYC, so we lost people from our town in the tragedy. It was interesting to learn about your educational system and thanks for sharing your great back to school dinner with us on foodie friday.

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  35. TaMara says:

    Chicken is one of my favorite foods to cook, and I love finding new recipes to use for it.

    The education system there sounds much different than the one here in the US.

    Thanks for sharing at Food on Friday.

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  37. You had me at feta. I just love feta. I can’t get enough of it right now. Your recipe sounds amazing. Thanks so much for sharing it with our Let’s Get Real reders. You had me in tears speaking about your September 11th experience. It still does not feel like a distant memory. My youngest children were not even born yet and they are now 8 and 6. I always feel like I need to teach them about how important this day is to so many. I will share your story with them. I was also fascinated with the information on the school system in Greece. I had no idea how the school system worked. Now I am in the know.

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  39. Becca says:

    Yum! Pinned this one already. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)! diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/09/fridays-five-features-no-8.html

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  41. i’ve ever stuffed pepper with grounded chicken and cheese but never stuffed chicken breast before…
    sounds a great idea, I guess a spicy salsa will be the best companion with it….

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  43. Great post and great looking recipe. We have green pepper lovers and green pepper haters at our house. I pinned it for a day when our green pepper haters are away.

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  45. This perfect combo looks delectable!

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  47. What a wonderful meal! the feta and yogurt and cucumber sound so delicious in here!

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  49. Emily R says:

    Hi, friend! :)

    It is amazing how quickly the seasons change. I swear on September 1 it felt completely different than August 31 here in the Midwest! I am excited for fall, it is my favorite season.

    I am SO bookmarking this recipe, it looks utterly amazing! I love feta cheese so I was sold at first look! :)

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  51. Louise says:

    I learned so much from reading this post Katerina. I didn’t know that the Fall season was approaching in Greece just like it is here in the states. Greece must be gorgeous in the Fall.

    I must agree with mjskit. It does sound like the Greek school system is the complete opposite than here in the US. I haven’t been involved with the school system since both my kids graduated college so I am a bit outdated but it sure sounds “different.”

    As for your delicious Chicken Pockets, I would gladly go back to ANY school for just a taste, lol…Let us know when you double up that batch so we too can enjoy. I’ll save the recipe on Pinterest just in case I miss it:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Katerina…

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  53. I love this!! I want to make chicken pockets soon. :)

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  55. Back to school is always an important and busy time in the family….This is a great dish. I love feta cheese.

    Velva

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  57. What a fantastic recipe! We love stuffed chicken pockets and your recipe is a winner. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. Beth says:

    Your chicken pockets sound delicious. And good luck to your son – it’s a stressful time of year for everybody.

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  61. Oh Katerina, you’re making me feel hungry. Delicious stuffed chicken with wonderful flavors!

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  63. Joanne says:

    That is such a fabulous idea for a stuffing!!

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  65. grace says:

    you can stuff chicken with just about anything, but i don’t think i’d pick anything differently from how you’ve prepared yours here. what a fantastic meal!

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  67. Oh this recipe just looks wonderful and delicious, more comforting for fall while still being light for end of summer. Here in Quebec (different than the rest of Canada) it is 6 years grade school, 5 years high school, 2 years college, and after that university.

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  69. cquek says:

    i have never tried that… but it looks so good..

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  71. Sissi says:

    Another idea to cook with feta! I am in constant search of feta cooking ideas and since I made your feta in the oven with peppers, I am convinced that feta has endless uses in the kitchen. Chicken is my staple meat, so I don’t even have to ask myself if I’d like this dish or not: I know I would love it!
    Here we also still have lovely summer weather but evenings get colder. For me it’s the sign to start pickling late summer produce!

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  73. Juliana says:

    Katerina, these chicken breasts stuffed with cheese and olives sounds delicious…what a nice meal…like that you have them over a bed of peppers…
    Hope you are having a great week :D

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  75. I love this recipe. The chicken looks and sounds delicious.

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  77. Liz says:

    Loved learning about the Greek school system. I hope your son has a wonderful year (my boys never liked going back to school after summer break). Your chicken looks wonderful…and I’m not surpised there were no leftovers!

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  79. Julie M. says:

    Back to school is always a fun time of year. My kids weren’t excited to end the summer either but they usually end up enjoying school once they get back into the groove. These chickens look like a perfect family meal!

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  81. Ooh, what delicious looking chicken pockets!

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  83. Nadji says:

    Il y a beaucoup de ressemblance entre le système éducatif grec et le système français.
    Un plat original et qui doit être délicieux. Il me plait beaucoup.
    Je note.
    A très bientôt

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  85. Μarion says:

    Γειά σου Κατερίνα μου :)

    Το φαγάκι σου εξαιρετικό. Ωραία ιδέα για το κοτόπουλο έτσι.
    Θα το βάλω στα υπόψη. Ειμαι σίγουρη πως θα μας αρέσει

    Φιλιά πολλά

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  88. Definitely need a 2nd helping! Thank you for sharing, Katerina.

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  90. Kate says:

    This looks so nice for the upcoming cooler weather.

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  92. gloria says:

    Katerina I love chicken-pockets and your pics are stunning!!

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  94. The chicken looks packed with such beautiful flavors.

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  96. Kathy says:

    School is starting next week for my grandchildren. Two will be starting kindergarten…they are so excited! Your chicken dish looks like a perfect way to start the new school year…delicious looking!

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  98. Jeannie says:

    Hi Katerina, I would come for seconds too if I were served with these delicious chicken:D They look super yummy!

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  100. a wonderful way of cooking chicken,looks yummy :-)

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  102. A very unique and yummy recipe, Katerina. Love this!

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  104. mjskit says:

    Your school system is the complete opposite as the system in the U.S. We have many good public schools, but the higher rank ones are usually the private ones. Having been in higher education for over 30 years, I find this very sad. Unfortunately, it’s due mostly to too much bureaucracy. You chicken pockets are a great way to celebrate the next school year and a perfect meal! Love the filling!

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  106. rosita says:

    Gran trabajo Katy Se ve muy rico hermosa receta,abrazos.

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  108. CCU says:

    Chicken pockets stuffed with massive amounts of flavour, they look fantastic :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  110. Yes, Indeed it was a sad time and thanks to GOD for keeping many safe and really sad for the one who left that day..:(
    Interesting information on the schooling and this Chicken dish is so perfect for afterschool or a lunch, they would love love it..

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  112. mia maria says:

    Πολύ λαχταριστό το φαγάκι σου Κατερίνα μου!
    Καλό μήνα και καλό φθινόπωρο να έχουμε :)

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  114. Pelusa says:

    This looks amazing. When will you be posting Moussaka, I ate a whole week while visintg Crete many many years ago. Greetings from Lima, Peru

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  116. Ξανθή says:

    Κατερίνα αν δεν φύγουμε αύριο θα το φτιάξω!!
    Καλή εβδομάδα

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  118. mm_skg says:

    Καλη μηνα Κατερινα μου!
    Πολυ ωραια συνταγη, ελαφρια, ταιριαζει και με την διαιτα μου! Θα την δοκιμασω λιαν συντομως!!!
    Φιλια!

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  120. Ola says:

    I was once in Athens late September and I felt like in summer, only after watching home the pictures I took I realized some of the trees were yellow:)

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  122. Καλημέρα Κατερίνα, καλή εβδομάδα και καλό μήνα!
    Πράγματι έπρεπε να έχεις φτιάξει περισσότερα κομμάτια, φαίνονται πολύ νόστιμα με όλα αυτά τα ωραία υλικά!
    Συνδύασες πολύ ωραίες γευσεις στο πιάτο!
    Φιλιά!

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