Dates are super-duper uber sweet. Kinda over the top. So when we walk through our simanim seder on Rosh Hashanah, everyone in my family takes about as much date as they do fish head. Nobody can manage more than a nibble, except for my Momma.
But let’s not sell dates short. They’re one of the Seven Species of Israel and a powerful siman. Besides, they’re good for you, with lots of potassium and, um, iron, and stuff. If you know how to use dates, they can be delish on chicken too. Take a look at this special Rosh Hashanah Date Glazed Roast Chicken I developed and tested for you today.
So what you want to do here is soak about 10-12 dates in enough warm water to cover them completely for about 20 minutes. Then you can easily peel off the skins. While you’re doing that, don’t forget to get rid of those pits too. Next, in a food processor or blender combine your peeled and pitted dates with orange juice, fresh garlic, fresh or dried thyme (remember dried is more potent, so use no more than 2 or 2½ teaspoons max of the dried stuff) olive oil, red wine vinegar, cinnamon and cumin until smooth.
Then toss your chicken pieces in the glaze and bake until golden brown.I like to flip these pieces halfway through so they’ll cook and brown more evenly. Then broil them on “high” for just a few minutes at the end – the broiling will give you that perfect crisp skin.
Great taste and great presentation. And you got everybody to eat dates. How good is that?
What’s your favorite Rosh Hashanah sweet chicken recipe?
Here are a few more of my favorite chicken recipes that would be perfect on Rosh Hashanah: