Ornitha Zante

READY IN: 2hrs 10mins
Recipe by neddaisy

I really can't understand why this recipe isn't a regular feature in chicken cookbooks - it's so simple and so tasty. Everyone I know who has tried it insists I give them the recipe.

Top Review by Tinkerbell

Very easy dish to prepare. The oven does all the work! I used a 3 lb broiler-fryer chicken, cut up & the meat was tender & juicy. The aroma throughout the house was very inviting. There were a few of the pasta shells that didn't get fully cooked, but they were still edible. Next time I will just use a little more broth or water. I used half & half this time. I'd also like to try a white wine variation. Thanks for sharing, neddaisy! Made, enjoyed & reviewed for Pick-A-Chef Spring 2008.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rub the chicken with garlic and olive oil and place in a roasting tin or wide casserole(with the giblets if you have them).
  2. Add the tomatoes, oregano and a tablespoon of oil(optional) and cover loosely with foil.
  3. Place in the oven at 180C (350F) and roast for 60-75 minutes (45-60 minutes if using portions).
  4. Remove the foil and add the stock or water ensuring the pasta is well coated and moistened. Season and add the remaining oil ,if using.
  5. Return to the oven uncovered and cook for 45 minutes, until the pasta has swollen and the chicken tops are nice and brown.
  6. Can be served with okra but we often just add a little more pasta instead.
  7. Also try your own variations - white wine and water instead of stock, thyme or tarragon instead of oregano etc.

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