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?

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Last month Hillel Ontario heard from Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada. After winning the leadership race back in October of 2020, Annamie became the first Black person and first Jewish woman to lead a federal Canadian political party. Since then, she has been speaking to Canadians all across the country, spreading messages of hope and inspiration, during a time where these moments are a rarity. No matter the political orientation of the Zoom attendees of this fireside chat, everyone walked away with a few life lessons up their sleeve.

Here are some of my biggest takeaways. First, Annamie spoke about following your passion, a message that I know many students needed to hear. When I graduated from grade 12, I was constantly asked where I saw myself in five years, ten years, and sometimes even twenty years. Although I was asked with the best intentions, I’ve always felt overwhelming pressure to envision a clear career path. Annamie dispelled this myth by referencing the enjoyment associated with the process of discovering your passion rather than having a final goal in mind, and Annamie’s enthusiasm for human rights through a policy lens has shaped the course of her life. Second, Annamie spoke about the importance of speaking up in the face of injustice. Whether you consider yourself an advocate or not, Annamie highlighted the need to follow your moral compass, never remaining complicit. Following Annamie’s time as the leader of the Green Party, it is clear that she isn’t afraid to use her voice and position to shine light on racism, antisemitism, and sexism. These are two lessons I think everyone can learn from.

Annamie spoke about growing up in Toronto Centre (the riding where she will be running in the next federal election), her career as an international lawyer, and her decision to enter politics. As someone who doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional politician, Annamie referenced about the challenges that she’s faced as a Black, Jewish woman. Racism, antisemitism, and sexism were all constant throughout her leadership campaign, and her six months leading the Green Party. 

Throughout Annamie’s talk, I learned about the importance of elevating voices that have previously gone unheard. In a predominantly white space, Hillel students and staff need to work hard to ensure that Jews of Colour feel welcomed. 

After 45 minutes, the latter half of which consisted of an insightful Q&A, Annamie mentioned that she would love to be invited back to another Hillel Ontario fireside chat. For now, I’ll take Annamie’s lessons with me while looking forward to hearing about all of her accomplishments in a year from now.

  • Skylar Banks, Guelph Hillel
Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaborating with other student organizations allows us to diversify the students at our events, build coalitions, establish good rapport with other student groups and broaden the topics of the content that we deliver. 

This past month, we had the privilege of working with the Waterloo and Laurier chapters of Menstruation Redefined, which is committed to helping with the “institutional and social barriers surrounding menstruation that risk the health, well-being, and daily lives of many.” This mission resonated with us at Hillel because we understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for all. These are values that we hold as Jews, and want to embody at Hillel. 

We joined forces to produce a fun evening of trivia and learning. The event allowed us to reach new students, educate others on Jewish practice for those who menstruate, and learn more about Menstruation Redefined’s mission. Collaborative events like this allow us to understand key issues and causes that other student-run campus groups advocate for and to build strong allyships and ensure that we propel Hillel’s values forward, such as inclusion and equity.

Jessica Bloom, HIllel Waterloo Student President
Veronica Grad, Hillel Laurier Student President

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