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Smoky and Sweet Chicken Capon Dinner

Food And Prop Styling By Renee Muller Photography By Cayla Zoharan And Moshe Wulliger 

Smoky and Sweet Chicken Capon Dinner 

For me, a Chol Hamoed dinner means prepare, pop in the oven, and leave. This fun combo of delicious flavors makes a great main dish any time of year. I like to make this in a Dutch oven, but you can do it in a disposable pan as well. 


  • 8 chicken capons, skin on
  • 16 slices smoked meat or beef fry
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • 3 Idaho potatoes, very thinlysliced
  • 8 dates


  • ½ cup Lieber's apricot jam
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup

Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Place 2 Tbsp of oil in the bottom of a Dutch oven. Add the potato and onion slices. Mix to lightly coat all the potatoes with oil and then lay them fl at. Lay a capon skin side down. Place 2 pieces of smoked meat across it and a date in the center. Roll up and place seam side down into the baking pan, on top of the potatoes. Repeat with the remaining capons. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the glaze. Coat the chicken generously and cover, fi rst with a piece of parchment paper and then with a piece of foil. Bake for 2½ hours.

(Originally featured in FamilyTable, Issue 663)

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