10 Passover Chicken Recipes
Forget the brisket. Passover is the perfect holiday to come together as a family — over chicken. If chicken feels merely ordinary in the face of an extraordinary occasion, consider it the extremely flexible base to a fantastic meal. Whether you prefer your bird whole or not, your meat dark or white, or your skin on or off, there is a recipe for you this Passover.
Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary
Adopt a new family tradition this year, and serve each family member his or her own, perfect bird. Cornish hens are not only lovely to look at, though; they’re also incredibly delicious. For this recipe, the birds are bathed in garlic and rosemary, for a savory, addictive dish. Allrecipes user Mrs.Demarest912 agrees. "My husband raved about this recipe and picked his hens clean," she says.
Chef John's Salt-Roasted Chicken
A whole roast bird makes an impressive centerpiece, especially on a formal occasion. Unlike more traditional roast chickens, Chef John's version involves a salty crust, which helps achieve the crispiest skin possible. "This chicken turned out so beautiful golden brown, crispy outside, super moist and tender inside," Kris Swiggum raves.
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Easy Garlic Broiled Chicken
If you're cooking for a crowd and in search of a really easy option for your Passover table, consider this recipe, where chicken gets its burnish from the heat of the broiler. Since it's not quite grilling season yet, broiling is a great way to get that smoky, outdoor taste to your decidedly indoor chicken. Is this dish elevated? Absolutely. "Looks and tastes a lot like it's from an expensive restaurant," Cherrychuckles07 says.
Chef John's Chicken Cacciatore
For chicken with an Italian twist, try out this excellent Cacciatore, a mélange of tomato, chicken, onion, pepper, and more. It's a saucy, savory dish that feels festive regardless of the particular occasion. And Allrecipes users agree. "This goes on my go-to list," JChester says. "Thanks, Chef John!!"
Braise-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Carrots
Combining two cooking techniques — cooking in liquid (braising) and cooking with dry heat (roasting) — is this perfect split chicken, which cooks in nearly half the time. It's a good fit for a weeknight Seder, when you have a little less time to dedicate to a bird in the oven. No fuss, no muss, no time commitment. "Simple, very tasty, and fast. Do it!!" says The Cookie Girl.
Roasted Balsamic Chicken with Baby Tomatoes
For the white meat-inclined, try this chicken breast recipe, which brings deep, rich flavors to the table with the introduction of balsamic vinegar. Tomatoes turn soft and sweet in the oven and are a necessary complement to this dish. Chicken breasts cook in under a half hour, saving you time and energy, too. The recipe is a hit with Allrecipes users. "I've been making this for over a year now," rbirkhiem says.
Simple Whole Roasted Chicken
For classic cooks, though, the basic roast chicken is still among the world's finest dishes. This recipe for whole-roasted chicken pulls no punches. Follow the directions and you're sure to end up with a juicy, moist, and crowd-pleasing bird for you holiday table. It is, to hear Allrecipes user Kaitch tell it, an "amazing chicken."
Baked Split Chicken Breasts
These are not just any chicken breasts. This recipe for skin-on breasts produces self-basted, crispy-outside, juicy-inside chicken, which can be paired with any number of Passover sides. Best of all, it's an easy recipe to make. "Tried this and loved it," julie says. "Easy to prepare."
Greek Lemon Chicken and Potato Bake
Take a trip to Greece with this one-pan destination for protein and sides. Chicken benefits from bright lemon flavors — and you benefit from only having to clean up once. Even kids love this dish, as Allrecipes user WestCoastMom attests: "You know it's good when your picky 13-year-old boy tells you it's the best chicken he's ever had."
Chef John's Chicken and Mushrooms
Chicken breasts benefit from the deep and complex flavors of mushrooms in this easy crowd-pleaser. Mushrooms practically create their own sauce atop the chicken, and, as Bibi noted, the dish can be made from "a few common ingredients." It’s delicious, too. "Succulent and chicken breast are seldom found in the same sentence, but you can find them together here in this delightfully simple recipe," Bibi adds.