Recipe: One Pan Sweet Israeli Chicken

I have this thing when I’m planning meals for the week to make sure that I’m always trying something new. I always make sure every week I make one new recipe I’ve bookmarked from a blog, one from a cookbook and one from a food magazine. Needless to say this means we try a lot of new dishes at home. This also means that a dish really has to wow to make it into my regular rotation.

Today I want to share with you my version (cookbooks so rarely write recipes just to serve two – I was even asked by my publishers to scale up a lot of the recipes in One Pan Pescatarian #ad – so so many of the recipes I find in cookbooks turn into my own adaptions) of a delicious sweet, autumnal, honey-flavoured chicken dish from Emma Spitzer’s brilliant Jewish cookbook Fress: Bold Flavours From A Jewish Kitchen (ad). It comes via Emma’s friend Michal in Israel, and it is so representative of the dishes in the book – bright, vibrant, full of traditional Jewish flavours but put together in a way that is though roughly modern and fresh – something that I growing up with my mothers cookbook collection – always look for in books on Jewish food. Think more Leah Koenig than Claudia Roden (though her Book of Jewish Food (ad) will always and should always hold food bible status!)

So this chicken. It is really simple to make in the oven in a lidded shallow casserole. Toss all the ingredients together, cook for 25 minutes with the lid on, followed by 25 minutes with the lid off. Serve with couscous and some nice fresh parsley. It really could not be easier.

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One Pan Sweet Israeli Chicken

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: One Pan
  • Cuisine: Israeli
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A delicious, autumnal, spiced one pan chicken and sweet potato dish adapted from Emma Spitzer’s book Fress: Bold Flavours From A Jewish Kitchen.



For the Chicken

  • 4 skin on bone in chicken thighs
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 4 banana shallots
  • 4 large dates
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed
  • freshly ground sea salt and black pepper
  • couscous, to serve
  • roughly chopped flat leaf parsley, to serve

For the Sauce

  • 100ml (1/3 cup) red wine
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 small nub fresh ginger, grated


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees (355 fahrenheit). Nestle the chicken thighs, sweet potato, cut into fingers, shallots, peeled and halved, and the dates, halved and pitted in a shallow lidded casserole dish. Nestle the bay leaf, thyme sprigs and the crushed cinnamon stick among the chicken pieces.
  2. Whisk together all the sauce ingredients and pour it over the chicken. Season everything well with salt and pepper.
  3. Clap on the lid and cook the chicken for 25 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for a further 25 minutes. Serve with the couscous, sprinkled with fresh parsley.