Because we like to enjoy each food group on its own, I seldom use fruits in cooking. However, in honor of Tu B’Shvat, I share an exception with you. The fruit ingredient in this recipe—Medjool dates—lends an incredible honey-like flavor to the chicken. Taste this just once and you’ll be surprised that the thick, syrupy consistency of the sweet sauce was achieved not only without sugar, but also without the addition of any sweetener.
If the array of Mediterranean spices in this recipe scares you off, try it with smaller amounts of each. Eventually, as you acquire the taste buds for these rich flavors, you’ll probably want to increase the pungency, perhaps sprinkling even more than the recipe calls for. Take it from this Hungarian chef: this piquant blend is a winner.
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the sliced onions. Sauté for about 10 minutes, until golden.
Season chicken bottoms with salt and pepper and arrange evenly over onions.
After about six minutes, when the bottom of the chicken has browned, turn the chicken over so the tops are facing the heat. Allow to brown for another six minutes before adding spices and chicken soup or water, and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a rapid simmer and cook, covered, for about 30 minutes, or until chicken is tender. Stir in halved dates and cook for another five to 10 minutes.
Serve over a bed of brown rice. If you find brown rice to be bland, this is your perfect opportunity to get a flavorful serving of this nutritious whole grain, which will soak up the pungency of the sauce. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
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My new favorite chicken recipe I’m completely obsessed with this chicken recipe! I’ve made it twice now- once I was out of dates and I just added silan and it was still amazing. Seriously cannot recommend this enough. If you’re tired of your usual baked chicken this is definitely one to try, you will want to make it again! Perfect for a Friday night meal or anytime.