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Chicken in a Rich Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti

Sometimes you just need a hearty and comforting pasta dish, especially in the heart of winter, like my mum's (known in Greek as) Kota Kokkinisti Me Makaronia (Chicken in a Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti). This recipe does the trick by delivering heartiness, with its simple yet rich tomato sauce and juicy tender chicken for added protein.

A Little History

Before we begin, there is a little story that also goes with this recipe. Every time my mum cooked Kota Kokkinisti Me Makaronia, it would remind me of my grandparents in Greece. Once every 7-8 years (we didn't have the finances to travel overseas much), we would arrive on their doorstep in Greece, and my grandparents would embrace us with open arms, tears in their eyes, and a huge smile that stretched from ear to ear. My grandfather would sit us down and feed us this meal immediately 'Makaronia Me Kota Kokkinisti', also known as a huge hug on a plate. It was their way of showing their love and welcoming us "home".

So this recipe has a lot of heart and soul in it. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do and it brings you the warmth and comfort that my grandparent's hugs brought to me.

Before my grandfather passed away, my brother visited them and he took this photo. As you can see they are eating my grandfather's favourite meal - Makaronada!

What is Chicken in a Rich Tomato Sauce aka 'Kota Kokkinisti'

Any meal referred to as 'Kokkinisto' is in reference to the method of cooking in a tomato sauce. 'Kokkino' means red and 'kokkinisto' means reddened.