Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Honey Glazed Chicken with Lemon and Olives


I don't know about you, but I'm always on the lookout for a good chicken recipe. As the weather becomes cooler, my cooking has increasingly moved inside. I will miss the aroma of grilling, but filling the house with warm, comforting bouquets has its appeal. Fall has always meant Friday night dinners, signaling the end of the week and the beginning of Shabbat. Yes, it is Shabbat even in the summer and all year round; it comes every Friday night! Somehow summer always finds me lazier and I neglect my duties, when it comes to welcoming the Sabbath bride. But Fall puts things back into perspective and reminds me to light the candles and get a challah, have some wine and to find some new, good, chicken recipes!

Manservant has been working nonstop and when he finds time to eat, I like to give him something nourishing and comforting. This honey glazed chicken is cooked with lemons and olives and onions. It is browned on the stove and finished in the oven. A luscious sauce of white wine with the essence of onions and lemons, and the saltiness of olives, makes it a perfect compliment to the honey glazed chicken. I pulled this recipe from Joan Nathan's cookbook, "Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous." This book is her journey about searching for Jewish recipes in France. What a journey it was! I'm sure I would have gained at least 10 lbs!


 I served this chicken with baked sweet potatoes and some roasted Brussels sprouts. Yes, this may not beat barbeque, but it sure makes one linger over the dinner table. That's always a good sign to me that the dish was a hit! And our day in the mountains was glorious also. It allowed us to regenerate and fill our senses with something other than work. It may sound silly but being in God's glory is always rejuvenating to me.

Rosh Hashonah began with  photos via Whats App, from Alex. He attended services at the Ohel Moshe synagogue in Shanghai. 



  
This was the first time since WW2, that the synagogue has been used for Jewish services. It is not commonly known that Shanghai accepted over 30,000 Jews during WW2. When Japan invaded China in 1943, the Jews were held in the Shanghai Ghetto. There were only two places in the world that did not close their borders to Jews; Shanghai and the Dominican Republic.

 It then continued with photos from Zoe. She went to the oldest synagogue in Philly. It is quite beautiful.



 And then Manservant sent a photo out. He  replied to Zoe, "Cool Zoe. But our place is older...just saying. " Ahh. The beauty of What's App!



And so it is-our new year. May it bless us all with health and happiness. And of course, peace for all and for allowing us all to reach this season. Happy New Year! Now go eat chicken!


Honey Glazed Chicken with Lemon and Olives
Adapted from: Quiches, Kugels and Couscous (Joan Nathan)
Serves 6
Time To Make: About 45 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to bake
Ingredients:
2 T olive oil
1 large onion, cut and peeled in rings
1 4.5 lb chicken, cut into 10 pieces
Salt, pepper, paprika
1/2 c of honey
2 c white wine
1 jar of preserved lemons from Trader Joe's or just use 2 whole lemons, sliced
1/2 c of black pitted Nicoise olives
1 handful of chopped cilantro or parsley

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven and fry the onions until golden. I cover these and it goes faster. Remove from Dutch oven and set aside.

Season the chicken with salt, pepper and paprika. Brown in the Dutch oven. Set aside. Place onions back in a 13 x 9 roasting pan and place chicken, skin side up, on top of onions. Now smear some honey on top of each piece of chicken. Pour the wine and remaining honey into the Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Reduce by half and pour around the chicken in pan. Scatter the lemon slices and olives around the chicken.

Bake uncovered about 40 minutes, or until the chicken pieces are cooked through. Sprinkle with cilantro or parsley before serving. I also garnished this with some fresh lemon slices!

More Great Recipes:
Chicken Soup Chicken
Chicken, Artichoke and Mushroom Casserole
Saffron Baked Chicken
Lemon Garlic Spatchcock Roast Chicken




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36 comments:

  1. I'm not sure, Abbe.. Around this time of year, the perfume that this dish puts off smells a hell of a lot better than the grill. I'm ready to trade in hot and muggy for cool and crisp and this would taste really good in 60-degree weather. (Plus, it's beautiful!)

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    1. Oh, I hear ya! This is usually the time of year that my in laws pull in from Dickinson, because of that hot, muggy weather. Unfortunately, this year their health got in the way. Thanks Adam.

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    2. Oh, I hear ya! This is usually the time of year that my in laws pull in from Dickinson, because of that hot, muggy weather. Unfortunately, this year their health got in the way. Thanks Adam.

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  2. Happy New Year Abbe! love dishes like this that fills a house with great aroma and flavors.....

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    1. Thanks Cheri! The house fills up real good!

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    2. Thanks Cheri! The house fills up real good!

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  3. Happy New Year, Abbe! I love you and miss you.

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    1. Hey dear cuz. Happy to know you are still out there. Any plans on getting this direction?

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    2. Hey dear cuz. Happy to know you are still out there. Any plans on getting this direction?

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  4. Happy New Year Abbe. And this honey glazed chicken with lemon sounds incredibly YUM! Loving it! :)

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  5. It looks like your son has really settled down in Shanghai. Honey and lemon are a great combination, and the chicken looks absolutely droolworthy!

    Happy New Year, Abbe!

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    1. Jeez, Angie. You know how to read between the lines. Now how do I get him home? Honey and lemon are great together, aren't they?

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    2. Jeez, Angie. You know how to read between the lines. Now how do I get him home? Honey and lemon are great together, aren't they?

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  6. Happy New Year! This chicken looks so good that I can almost smell it. Yes, fall is around the corner and I'm still grilling, but the first good frost this is in the oven.

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    1. Too sweet Karen. We have got to connect one of these days!

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    2. Too sweet Karen. We have got to connect one of these days!

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  7. Wishing you a Happy New Year! Your meal looks wonderful and I think this would be a nice meal to double the recipe and invite some families to dinner. That is something I'd like to do more of but always make excuses for reasons not to...your recipe will give me that boost of confidence I need!

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    1. It would be good to double, Holly. I love to entertain, so I'm always looking at dishes to do that with. This is perfect! I am sure you have plenty of confidence!

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    2. It would be good to double, Holly. I love to entertain, so I'm always looking at dishes to do that with. This is perfect! I am sure you have plenty of confidence!

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  8. Your pictures are gorgeous! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Cathleen! I really am never sure!

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    2. Thanks Cathleen! I really am never sure!

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  9. Manservant greatly appreciates the nourishing and comforting food that you've been making.... and only now did I realize how photogenic it is! :)

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    1. I'm getting better, aren't I Manservant? So nice to know you tuned in!

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    2. I'm getting better, aren't I Manservant? So nice to know you tuned in!

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  10. I hope you are blessed with health and happiness too, Abbe! Happy New Year! How wonderful that you, your husband and children shared your services. Even more interesting about Shanghai and the Dominican Republic, which I did not know. What a delicious chicken preparation.

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    1. Thanks Susan. Interesting fact, huh? Especially now with so many people needing new homes.

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    2. Thanks Susan. Interesting fact, huh? Especially now with so many people needing new homes.

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  11. Yes Ma'am, I'm going to go eat chicken and not just any old chicken. I'm going to have THIS chicken. Happy New Year and I loved every word of this post. :)

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  12. I love chicken with olives - yours looks seriously delicious.

    The synagogue in Philly is stunning!

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  13. Joan Nathan has the BEST recipes---and I'm certain her chicken would not disappoint! Love the synagogue photos from around the globe. Happy New Year, my friend!

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  14. What a delicious combination, sweet, salty and just plain yummy!

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  15. Happy new year Abbe! Great flavour combo, it is always welcome when chicken has lemon and honey. You reminded me I haven't made challah in such a long time!

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  16. Peace to you too Abbe - and all your loved ones :) Happy new year! Love the chicken too

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