Passover is one of the more important holidays in the Jewish faith. It's a holiday to remember the suffering, strife, and ultimate freedom of jews from enslavement under the Pharoah's rule in Egypt. The reason behind eating matzoh for Passover is bcause the Jews were in a hurry to leave Egypt, they had no time to wait for their bread to rise, they had to take what they could with them. Thus, the bread did not rise, resulting in a cracker-like consistency and taste. Matzoh is used in many different recipes for Passover, including my family recipe for this sweet and sour chicken.
This recipe is called sweet and sour chicken because the sauce incorporates both sweet ingredients, such as sugar, and sour, such as lemon juice. The base of the sauce is tomato sauce (or crushed tomatoes), but the added sugar and lemon juice balances out beautifully as it cooks with the chicken patties and chicken wings. This is a very easy recipe to follow, although it does take a little bit of prep ahead of time.
A few tools you will need for this recipe include:
Start by getting all of your ingredients together, such as opening up the cans of sauce, slicing the lemon open, measuring out the sugar, etc. It helps when your ingredients are prepped ahead of time so that you don't have to rush in the kitchen and accidentally hurt yourself or forget something. Once you have all of the ingredients, you'll start by sautéing the onions until fragrant and tender, approximately 5-7 minutes. Once the onions are cooked, add in the chicken wings and brown on all sides, cover and let steam for 10 minutes.
Once the chicken wings and onions are done, add it to the large stock pot and pour in the chicken and onions. To the same point, add in the tomato sauce, juice of one whole lemon, and the sugar. Don't get worried that it's a lot of sugar, it's going to simmer for an hour or so, and it's going to yield a lot of servings. Then, prep the chicken patties, here's how:
During Passover, we stay away from bread or leavened goods such as pasta and breads, but you can absolutely pair this dish with:
No matter the occasion you make this recipe for, I know you will love making (and eating) it as much as we do. The tender, fluffy chicken patties tossed in the tangy homemade sweet and sour sauce will warm your heats and bellies just it does for me. Chag Sameach Pesach!
With Passover here, we gear up for a week of eating non-leavened breads and celebrating the Jews freedom from slavery. This sweet and sour chicken recipe is a tradition passed down from several generations, and combines all the flavor profiles, and made with matzo meal, perfect for this holiday.
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