Chicken stifado (Greek chicken stew) is one of the most flavorful Greek dishes of all. The combo of cinnamon and orange compliments meat perfectly and make this dish homey and warm. The pearl onions are essential because they soak up all the flavor of the meat and spices. I do this stifado recipe with chicken breast because the traditional meat for this is rabbit, which is harder to find. The chicken breast is low in fat and cooks down to fork tender in the slow cooker. Traditional stifado usually requires much more care and way more steps than this version. The flavor, however, comes out the same. You’re going to need some good crusty bread because stifado creates an insanely good sauce to dip in.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stifado-1


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Slow Cooker Chicken Stifado-1

Slow Cooker Chicken Stifado (Greek Chicken Stew)

George Zikos
4.70 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 or 2 with leftovers
Calories 528 kcal


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast
  • 1 pound pearl onions, peeled
  • 1 orange peel or splash of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 cups red cooking wine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pinch  allspice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Add all ingredients to crockpot slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.


Calories: 528kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 26gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 208mgPotassium: 833mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 181IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 2mg
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About the Author: George Zikos
George studied International Business in Greece in 2015 for three semesters. His family is from the island of Crete, and he lived with them for a whole summer. During that time, he started working for Mediterranean Living and contributing his firsthand experiences of the traditional Cretan diet. He learned fluent Greek along the way, being fully immersed in a traditional Cretan village. He is since graduated with a business degree from Worcester State University. George loves language and traveling, so he completed a TEFL certificate program at the Boston Language Institute in order to teach English abroad and travel the world. He currently works full-time blogging, recipe formulating, and social media marketing for Mediterranean Living. His passions include language, gardening, hiking, skateboarding, and watching sports. He dreams of living in Crete one day, after he travels the world learning as many languages and cultures as possible.


  1. Barbara Vaughan October 3, 2019 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Made this and it was delicious. Used Cabernet Sauvignon for the wine, and substituted a whole sweet onion for the pearl onions. My only suggestion would be to use chicken THIGHS instead of BREASTS, since the breasts came out dry in the crockpot. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

  2. Steve May 30, 2019 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Can this be done in an Instant Pot?

    • George Zikos June 3, 2019 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Yes! I’ve tried it before and it came out great. The ingredient amounts are the same. Cook it on high pressure for 20 minutes! Let me know if you try it.

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