5 Delicious Israeli Chicken Recipes

by | Oct 25, 2018 | Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

We’re all familiar with the most classic, Jewish comfort food served at Shabbat dinners around the world, also known as Jewish penicillin- chicken. My mother tends to rotate between the same two kinds of chicken every week, and I have to admit, as much as I love my mom and her amazing cooking skills, sometimes it gets a bit boring. This is why I decided to put a list of delicious, Israeli chicken recipes together. If you feel the same, this is your chance to dream big! Check out these five mouth-watering recipes. Pass the best ones on to your mom or your bubbie or try them yourself! Your Jewish mother will “kvell” over your hidden talent.

 

Israeli Roast Chicken
Often, oven roasted chicken turns out very heavy, and sometimes even dry. After eating it, you feel like you had a meal for three and all you want to do is go to sleep! This recipe is a light, refreshing change to the norm.
It will only take 15 minutes of your precious time to prepare and once it’s all spiced up, it only needs 45 minutes in the oven, and voila – you made the most delicious, crispy Israeli Roast Chicken.

 

Chicken Puttanesca with Israeli Couscous
Very low in carbs, and high in protein, this recipe will almost make you feel like you are sitting at a Shabbat dinner in Israel. With deliciously filling pearl couscous, spicy red pepper flakes, flavourful olives, and thinly cut chicken fingers, this Israeli style chicken dish comes perfectly together.

 

Israeli Cutlets
If you have ever made Schnitzel, you know it’s always a party pleaser! They are quick and easy to make. Here we have a Schnitzel recipe with an Israeli twist. Instead of plain breadcrumbs, the Israeli version calls for additional ingredients such as sesame seeds, dried parsley, and more. Just chop up an Israeli salad, and make some fries to go with it, and you have created the perfect Israeli meal.

 

Israeli Chicken Sofrito
Chicken, potato, sweet potato, and onion – sounds like the perfect combination to me! This hearty, Sephardic-Israeli stew is the perfect dish for a cold Friday night. This stew does take some time to prepare but is totally worth it. Find a time that isn’t too stressful- it would be a shame not to get the full deliciousness out of a mouth-watering dish like this, only because you didn’t have enough time to let it stew!

 

Grilled Chicken Shawarma
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “classic Israeli food”? Shawarma? Then you have to take a look at this flavourful Shawarma recipe – quick and easy, low in calories, and an absolute crowd favourite! Who would have known that you can make authentic Shawarma in your own kitchen?

Stronger Together!

Stronger Together!

Over this past Family Day Weekend, I spent a lot of time reflecting both about the challenges we face, but also about the incredible strength and resiliency of this community. Jewish students are often at the forefront of hate and discrimination on campus and online, but we are at our most powerful – and most effective – when we work together as one.

With that in mind, I want to provide several important advocacy updates.

First, I am excited to share that Hillel Ontario has begun convening meetings to coordinate advocacy initiatives amongst Jewish campus organizations across the country. The time has come for Hillel Ontario to lead the way in encouraging cooperation to accomplish the goals we collectively share. Joining us in these monthly discussions are Hillel Montreal, Hillel BC, Hillel Ottawa, CJPAC, Hasbara Fellowships and StandWithUs. We appreciate their willingness to engage with us in these important conversations.

Second, I want to update you on the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) matter that galvanized much community discussion last week. In addition to endorsing a motion to divest from companies doing business in Israel, the union misrepresented the recently released report of the Antisemitism Working Group and its approach to what does or does not constitute antisemitism. Hillel views these type of divestment motions as part of a wider issue of antisemitism on campus, and we have made that point clearly and consistently to university leadership and members of the Working Group for the better part of the past year.

Late Friday, Working Group members released an important statement, which both criticized the rhetoric of union leaders, and vindicated our belief that hate speech directed at Israel, Israelis or Jews based on actions (real or imagined) of the Israeli government is antisemitism. This is an important moment; one that underscores why our approach to these issues, and the allies we foster across campus are so critical. While we may not be able to stop every divestment motion from passing, we can – and we will continue to – have our voices heard by university leadership to ensure antisemitism remains on the margins. This is precisely what happened last week at the UofT.

Jewish students deserve to study, live and socialize in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. Hillel will continue to condemn antisemitism, defend Israel and our right to self-determination, and build essential relationships on campus to secure the well-being of the students we so proudly serve.

And, we will do so in concert with our allies; because we believe we are stronger together.

Sincerely,

Jay Solomon
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Weekly D’var: Toldot 5782 by Scott Goldstein

[Warning: Ted Lasso show spoiler] I just finished watching the second season of Ted Lasso, and I cannot get the image of the finale out of my head. Haven’t seen it yet? That’s ok, I’ll recap part of this week’s Torah portion as you go catch up and then tie it in at the end for when you get back.

When not detailing the intricate politics of well-digging and water rights, this week’s Torah portion takes some time to highlight our favourite biblical twins – Jacob and Esav (a.k.a. Esau). Some may even refer to this as the first twin study on “Nature vs. Nurture” (shoutout to my psychology peeps) ever recorded. We are presented with brothers that were raised in the same environment but turned out to be polar opposites. I’ll let you read the riveting stories of birthright transactions and elaborate deceptions on your own, but the narrative we are presented with is clear: Jacob is good, and Esav is bad. Here’s the problem I had with this narrative: If Esav was raised in a good environment, but still did bad things, then is the Torah telling us that our destiny is sealed by nature?

I just finished watching Ted Lasso, and I cannot help but think about how loveable Nate (played by Nick Mohammed) is a perfect example of what I think our Torah portion is trying to tell us. Ted Lasso (played masterfully by Jason Sudeikis) created a nurturing environment where Nate could grow from invisible kit manager to assistant coach that everyone loves. Despite all that, it comes down to the decisions Nate made to allow jealousy to influence his actions, leading him to leave Richmond FC and betray his teammates by joining West Ham United.

I think the story we read in the Torah is reminding us that both nature and nurture are really important (just as science does), but our decisions, ultimately, are our own. Whether it’s Esav going down in history as the ultimate example of bad decision-making or Nate likely being the reason we see Ted cry next season, the lesson is clear… be like Jacob because we can make good decisions no matter the circumstances.

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