Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Braised Chicken with Apples and Honey - Kosher for Passover!

For those who observe it, the Jewish holiday of Passover offers some very difficult culinary hurdles to overcome: no yeast, no leavened bread, and no legumes (for reasons I can't quite fathom). But by focusing on the foods that are acceptable to eat, anyone can come up with some delicious meals to last the eights days of Passover. This braised chicken recipe can be made a few different ways, but it's kosher for Passover in this form.

1 1/2 cups apple juice
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
5 apples(your favorite tart apple) evenly sliced
1 medium onion sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 lbs boneless chicken breast

Sweat the sliced onion in a small sauce pan until soft. Then add apple juice, honey and water to the small sauce pan and reduce mixture, whisk if necessary to dissolve the honey quickly. In a deep pan that is large enough to hold all of the chicken, heat up the olive oil on medium-high heat and brown the chicken on both sides. Then add the sliced apples, ground cinnamon and the reduced apple juice mixture to the chicken and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and lower the heat to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, basting every so often.

Note: A non-Kosher for Passover alternative to this recipe would be to use hard apple cider and add a pinch of chili powder with the ground cinnamon. Either way will give you a delicious chicken dish.

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