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Mar 17, 2009 10:44 AM

Poultry for Passover - traditional recipe needed!

I am hosting Passover for the first time! It will be small, 5 people, and brisket will be served for the other night, so Im thinking chicken or turkey.

Caveat - My father is a picky eater, so no artichokes, olives, etc.

I guess this screams roast chicken, but I'm hoping to do something a little different, but classic Passover. Any ideas or is this a lost cause? Should I just go with chicken marabella?

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  1. Chicken marabella sounds lovely as does plain roast chicken. My friend always makes brisket the first night, and roast turkey the second. Another friend makes mazoh meal chicken (chicken in mazoh meal batter) and chicken in barbeque sauce, both very tasty. Chef Craig Claiborne (I think he has passed) had a wonderful recipe for chicken in a clay pot in one of his many cookbooks - simple, yet elegant on the plate and delicious. Passover is a labor intensive holiday, as you well know. I would suggest making something that doesn't require a great deal of work, so that you get to enjoy your company and your meal. Personally, I love well seasoned roast chicken or turkey accompanied by savory and sweet sides. I'm sure others will chime in with their favorite chicken dishes. Happy Passover!

    1. I think roast chicken sounds delicious. You can roast two (to have leftovers) with potatoes around the chicken. The potatoes absorb all the delicious juices and are the best part of the dish!

      1. I served Chicken Marbella a few years ago, and while it was very good, it has capers, prunes, olives, so not sure if that falls into a category that would work for you.

        Last year I made Alton Brown's 40 Cloves and Chicken, and it was a huge hit (it always is!). When I make it, I brown the chicken and assemble the whole thing the day before and refrigerate, and then just stick it in the oven and cook it through on the day of the seder. Works out beautifully.

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        1. re: valerie

          Ill take a look at the 40 cloves recipe. I made a simple roast chicken for Chanukah so I dont want to be considered a 1 trick pony!

        2. Dave Lieberman has a fantastic apricot chicken recipe. It si basically 2 whole cut up chickens coated in apricot preserves, garlic, olive oil, prunes, and sage....

          Google it you will find it-Fantastic!

          1. What about Russian chicken. So easy and tasty. I usually do it for Rosh Hashana since it is very sweet, but it could work for Passover.

            Russian Chicken Recipe
            1 chicken cut into pieces or 4-8 chicken breasts
            1 bottle Russian dressing
            1 small jar apricot preserves
            1 envelope onion soup mix (I only use 1/2 envelope)

            Mix Together and pour over chicken in a casserole dish. Bake at 350°F for 1 hr and 15 min to 1 hr and 30 minutes.