NEW YORK – Greek-American chef Cat Cora, the first female winner of Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America in 2005, was featured in Modern Farmer magazine sharing her recipe for kota kapama, a classic Greek chicken dish.
Cora is one among many celebrity chefs who have contributed their quarantine recipes during the global pandemic, offering some comfort food and great tips for cooking in isolation.
Cora told Modern Farmer that “this is one of my family’s favorite recipes. It’s also an easy recipe to make while being in quarantine. I’m Greek American and still have family in Greece. My grandmother taught me how to make this dish and its smells remind me of childhood and good times. We had it for every special occasion and now I continue the tradition with my children. They crave it as much as me. It is perfect for a family meal with ingredients that you might already have. I hope this recipe helps make food memories for everyone globally. I’m giving y’all a great big food hug.”
She told Modern Farmer about the recipe, “I think of this melding of cinnamon, onions, and garlic as addictive. As Kota Kapama simmers on top of your stove, it fills your home with an aroma so heavenly.”
Cora also shared tips with Modern Farmer, “If there’s one thing you can do to make your kapama taste like mine, it’s skip the supermarket shrink-wrapped chicken. Either buy a whole bird and cut it yourself or seek out your local butcher and have him or her cut your chicken for you. Fresh-cut poultry always makes the biggest difference in how kapama tastes. For a true kota kapama, finish the dish with the aromatic sheep’s cheese, Myzithra.”