Kottopoula Me Pilafi (Chicken with Pilaf)

Course : Greek
Serves: 6
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3 pounds chicken parts
1/2 cup butter or other shortening
1 medium onion -- chopped
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes -- peeled, strained or
1 tablespoon tomato paste + 1 cup water
1 tablespoon water as needed
3 cups raw rice -- (or less)
2 1/3 cups water for each cup of rice

Preparation / Directions:

Wash and wipe chicken. Brown butter in large pot; add chicken. Brown on all sides. Add onion and let it brown. Add tomatoes (or diluted paste) and the 1 cup of water. Cook about20 minutes Add 2 1/3 cup water for each cup of rice you will use and continue to cook until chicken is tender (about20 to 30 min.). Remove the chicken parts with a slotted spoon and keep them hot. Add rice to the sauce in the pot, stirring in the beginning to keep it from sticking. Simmer, covered, until rice is tender and has absorbed most of the sauce (about20 min.). Remove from the heat. Place chicken on rice, cover the pot with a clean towel, put the lid back over the towel. Let stand for 10 min., then serve.

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