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Apricot Chipotle Chicken and the Anousim

Apricot Chipotle Chicken

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The hidden Jews of Mexico

Known as the “anousim,” the “conversos,” or “crypto-Jews” (but never “Marranos,” a word meaning swine), the Jews of Mexico have an interesting history and have, no doubtingly, contributed to the culture of their communities.  With the horror that was the Mexican Inquisition, it’s no wonder that few of us know about the contribution of the anousim to Mexican culture, particularly cuisine (some attribute the Tortitas de Papa–a Mexican potato pancake–to the latke) as so many Jews had to practice in secret, their offspring unaware of their roots until years later, such as when a grandchild found a tallit hidden in a box after her grandfather’s death.  Today’s recipe, Apricot Chipotle Chicken, is a bit of a nod to this hidden culture of Mexico.

Some kind of chicken

Jewish food is fusion cuisine

Someone recently joked with me that my inclusion of Mexican-inspired recipes was a fusion cuisine.  Fusion is a bit of pejorative in foodie circles these days, as Asian tacos pop up all over the country.  They are no doubt correct that my recipes are somewhat fusion cuisine, but this amalgam of cuisine is as Jewish as possible–an inevitable response to the environment of the diaspora.  As Jews have been forced to flee to escape persecution, we’ve had to learn to adjust to the new cultures of the lands we move to and find a way to blend our own customs.  This effect was explained beautifully in Claudia Roden’s The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York.

Apricot Chipotle Chicken

The recipe I share today is inspired by this blend of the cultures in Mexico.  The variety of flavors–sweet, salty, spicy, and sour–are reminiscent of Sephardic cuisine, but with a distinct Mexican flavor contributed from the chipotle peppers.

Apricot Chipotle Chicken

Sweet, sour, savory, & spicy, Apricot Chipotle Chicken hits all the flavor profiles

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Course Main Dish
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Apricot Chipotle Chicken
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium heat; brown the chicken on both sides.
  2. Meanwhile, half and core the apricots. Add the apricots to a blender or food processor, along with two chipotle peppers and a tablespoon of the adobo sauce from the can, the tamarind paste, and the garlic. Blend until well mixed but still chunky. Taste for desired heat and add more peppers if more heat desired.
  3. To the skillet with the now browned chicken, add the chicken stock, the apricot mixture, and white onion. Cover and simmer the chicken in the sauce for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
  4. Turn off heat and add lemon zest, green onion, and cilantro.

 

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The different flavors will hit your tongue at different times: first sweet, then a bit sour, salty, and finally the heat from the chipotle will linger with you.