Bitten by a Chicken – Honey Chicken Bites

Have you ever been bitten by a chicken? No? Chicken don’t bite? Are you sure? What about figuratively, rather than literally, when a whole bunch of people, almost three million of them, got bitten, that is, obsessed, by the same idea? It happened about thirty three hundred years ago, and those people were by no means hungry. In fact, they have just escaped harsh slavery in Egypt, witnessed the entire Egyptian army drowned, accepted the Divine Law – the Torah – and were fed miraculous food, Man (Manna from Heaven). It looked like pearl barley and it tasted “like pastry baked in honey” (Exodus 16:31).

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Actually, they didn’t even need sun block, as they were surrounded by a Divine Cloud that provided an equivalent of perfect climate control, in the same way as Man was the Divine Food that offered perfect nourishment. But you know human nature! The same, albeit perfect, food for forty years, day in and day out? Nah, we want variety. We can just imagine a bite of chicken breast, tender and juicy, flavored just right and cooked to perfection – ahhhh!

“No problem, guys!” – said the A-mighty, and in His infinite Wisdom and Kindness, made Man taste “like whatever one imagined” (Ibid.)

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To commemorate those forty years in the desert, every year we build booths called Sukkoth and dwell (or at least eat) in them for eight days. This is not a photo of our Sukkah (Google image credit), but ours looks exactly like that. Climate control clouds would’ve been extremely helpful in South Florida, but a couple of fans, strategically positioned, serve us and our guests just fine.

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I think I’ve been bitten by a chicken too, but my idea was to flavor it with honey. Honey plays a significant role in Judaism, to the extent that on Rosh Hashana, the Head of the Year, AKA the Jewish New Year, we dip first challah, and then apple into honey, for a sweet year. In my family tradition, we dip challah in honey instead of salt until the end of Sukkoth. But first I dipped my chicken bites into flour. I discovered this great kosher GF flour that works beautifully with every recipe, so I cut a couple of chicken breasts into bite size cubes and dusted them with it. You can use regular all-purpose flour, if you prefer.

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Then I covered them and baked them for twenty minutes at 350 F. Remember to mist your baking pan with oil, and mist the chicken bites on top as well, before putting them in the oven. Uncover and bake them for five more minutes.

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Meanwhile, we can flavor honey with soy sauce, lemon juice, and grated ginger. A few hundred years after the forty-year desert experience, a great judge and hero Shimshon (Samson) posed a famous riddle:  “From the devourer came forth food; and from the strong came out sweetness” (Shoiftim 14). The riddle was based on a curious incident. Walking in the desert (here is the desert again!), Shimshon killed a lion who was attacking him – literally tore the lion apart with his bare hands!- and, having returned to that spot after a while, found bees who made their home in the lion’s belly. The bees, as the bees do, were busily producing honey, teaching us an important concept: from the negative comes positive – the sweetness of honey.

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Let’s pour our flavored honey over chicken bites and sprinkle some sesame seeds, for a little crunch. Five more minutes in the oven; meanwhile, let’s get into the fun part of Sukkoth – shaking the Lulav and Ethrog.

The “Four Kinds” or “Four Species” that you see being shaken symbolize the unity of different kinds of people, different levels of knowledge, different customs, traditions, beliefs, and observances. We all come together in the Sukkah, surrounded by blessings, and sending blessings every day to all people of the world.

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This is how I will serve my Honey Chicken Bites tomorrow, when the holiday starts. They could be served as an appetizer or a main course, and they are equally delicious hot, warm, or cold. With this not exactly miraculous, but very meaningful food I wish Hag Sameach, a Freileche Yom Tov – a happy holiday to one and all!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cubed bite size
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (gluten free or regular)
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 inch (2.5 cm) ginger, grated
  • Sesame seeds to sprinkle

PROCEDURE

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly mist baking pan with oil.
  • Dredge chicken bites through flour. Shake off excess flour, place chicken bites on baking sheet, mist them with oil, cover, bake for 20 minutes.
  • Uncover chicken bites, bake for 5 minutes.
  • Mix honey with soy sauce, lemon juice, and ginger. Pour over chicken bites, sprinkle with sesame seeds, bake for 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot, warm, or cold.

Enjoy!

 

 

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  1. A_Boleyn says:

    The chicken bites look delicious.

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    1. Thank you so much; I am glad you like it! I hope my guests like it as well!

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  2. Oh I love this and often make it. Lots of ginger and lots of sesame for me 😁😁😁

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    1. Thank you, darling, I am happy that you make it too! 😻

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      1. Most welcome 🙂

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  3. Pan says:

    Looks like a miracle plate to me 😊
    Traditions and reverence held thru the ages is a miracle to me.. As I see the world around me and think of mankind’s history, I know it’s God’s power that keeps spirit in each generation.. Left to our own devices, I believe we’d only believe we were the gods of the universe.. Your writing helps me keep the faith.. Bless you and your family thru the holiday..

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, dear Pan, and thank you for your good wishes and blessings!
      May He bless you with good health and strong spirit!

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  4. These look amazing. I need to try making these for the family!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear; I am so glad you like them! They are so quick and easy to make, yet really delicious – please let me know how they come out, if you make them.

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  5. I continue to love the education about Jewish customs, Dolly – and the video was a hoot! All that is left now is to try the chicken. Thanks for sharing the recipe – it sounds delicious. Have a wonderful holiday – and blessings on you, your family and your friends.
    xx,
    mgh

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    1. Thank you so much! Those who bless others are blessed thousandfold! 😻

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      1. My mother insisted on “bless you” or “G-d bless you” any time anyone sneezed. It became such a habit that I must be blessed a millionfold by now. 🙂
        xx,
        mgh

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      2. That has a different explanation that I don’t have the time for right now, but I promise to do so after the holiday.

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      3. Enjoy your holiday – and I shall look forward to your explanation.
        xx,
        mgh

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      4. Thank you! The explanation is quite simple: the Talmud says that in the ancient times, people would sneeze when they were ready to depart this world. They did not suffer from painful debilitating diseases, as it is common in our days; they would just sneeze, say their good byes, take a deep breath, and leave this world. However, if there was someone around to bless them and to wish them good health, chances were that they would hang around some more, depending on the sincerity of the wish and the merits of the wisher.

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      5. I’ve never heard this story, Dolly. Thanks!
        xx,
        mgh

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      6. My husband enlightened me one day. The advantages of learning the Talmud! 😻

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      7. Lots of advantages to being a scholar!
        xx,
        mgh

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  6. Wow delicious and yummy preparation. Will definitely give it a try at home.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Kamal; I am so glad you like it! Let me know how it comes out, if you make it, please!

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      1. Welcome and yes will definitely let you know.

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  7. 9recipes says:

    It look nice! Honey with chicken, good combos! Thank for your recipe 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear; I am so glad you like it! 😻

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  8. This looks great! If I can find the right honey, I am going to make it now!😍

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    1. The right honey – what is that? I hope you are not looking for date honey, like in Moshe Rabbeinu’s times! Have a Freileche Yom Tov!

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      1. My husband likes creamed honey rather than liquid honey. But I think the liquid kind is better for cooking 🍯😍

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  9. Array says:

    What a lovely way to prepare chicken! I need sesame seeds to complete the recipe, but I look forward to trying this.

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad you like it, and it’s a really quick and easy recipe, and healthy as well. Let me know how it comes out, please!

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  10. Wonderful post and very tasty looking food. Chicken and fish are the only meats I cook or eat so I will definitely give this recipe a try. I must try and get a copy of the gluten free cook book as both my younger son and I are gluten intolerant. Kim

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Kim; I am so glad you like it! There are many gluten free recipes on the Internet nowadays, and quite a few gluten free brands of flour that could be substituted for regular one. Good luck, and please let me know how it comes out!

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  11. dtills says:

    I am too scared of birds to get close enough to a chicken to find out if it will bite! But I have no problem eating them-how awful am I? Your recipe looks great!

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    1. Oh, you are simply terrible! LOL
      I am so glad you like my recipe! 😻

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  12. Lovely tasty dish! חג שמח! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Ronit! Hag Sameach!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear; I am so glad you like it!

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  13. lifelessons says:

    So pretty. Sweet dish, sweet stories.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Judy!

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  14. Dolly, this looks gorgeous. I am always looking for something different to do with chicken, Such beautiful flavours . I definitely will be making this 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynne! Please let me know how it comes out, if you make it. 😻

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  15. That is a new recipe for chicken and sesame seeds seem like the perfect idea.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Pranitha! I am so glad you like it!

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      1. It’s my pleasure, Dolly!

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  16. hello kool kosher kitchen its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmm no i do not think i hav ever ben bittin by a chikkin but i did wunse hav a run in with a chikkin frum owter spayse wot yoozed its chikkin gun to turn me and trixie and tucker into chikkins!!! and then things got reely weerd after that!!! ok bye

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    1. Wow!Meow! What an adventure! 😻

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  17. Ilze says:

    Looks delicious!

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    1. Thank you, dear Ilze; I am so glad you like it!

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  18. Such a simple and delicious recipe. My kids would love this. 🙂

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    1. LOL All kids love this – my grandkids included! Thank you so much for your lovely comment; I am so glad you like it 😻

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  19. What a delicious looking recipe and I LOVED the video, so cute! Made me laugh. 😊

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    1. Thank you, dear Tamara; I am so glad you like it!

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  20. Hag Sameach, a Freileche Yom Tov to you too, Dolly!

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    1. Thank you so much, my dear purple person! 😻

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      1. You’re welcome, dear cat person!

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  21. 15andmeowing says:

    That is an impressive sukkoth. This recipe looks tasty too.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear; I am so glad you like it!

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  22. Your posts are always a joy…nourishing for body and soul! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, dear Anna!

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  23. Joëlle says:

    You made me laugh so much with the Shakin’ the Lulav song 😅! This band should have gone to the desert with Moses and his people… maybe they would have danced more and grumbled less — they did a lot of that, didn’t they? Just like us, I guess, too often focusing on what we are missing and not what we have!

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  24. Honey combined with chicken sounds very nice, Dolly.

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  25. oldpoet56 says:

    Excellent article, excellent read, I enjoyed it very much so I am going to reblog it for you my friend. I pray that you and your loved ones are able to have a great weekend. Stay safe, G-d bless.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, dear friend! Have a wonderful weekend as well, and many blessings!

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    1. Thank you, dear Diane; I am so glad you like it!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Wil, for linking to my post and for your lovely introduction! Many blessings to you and yours!
      P.S. Cape Dory is such a nice boat! How did it survive Irma? Our little Catalina broke two anchors and is still lost – we are searching for it…

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