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Fried Chicken with Lemon and Cinnamon - meat

Posted by : Karen Selwyn

This is a fusion recipe of Italian and Greek Jewish cuisine.  It it
reminiscent of Pollo Fritto, the traditional Italian fried chicken
recipe for Hanukkah, but the recipe calls for cinnamon, a characteristic
Greek seasoning. 

Fried Chicken with Lemon and Cinnamon

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
6 medium garlic cloves, crushed
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 (3-lb) chickens, cut into eight pieces each
1 1/2 cups matzo meal (or more)
1/4 - 1/3 cup matzo cake meal
3 eggs, beaten

olive oil
lemon wedges

Combine first 5 ingredients in large non-aluminum dish.  Add chicken,
turning to coat.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight,
turning chicken pieces over twice.

Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper.  Season matzo meal with salt and
pepper.  

Drain chicken pieces and blot dry with paper towels.  Dip chicken into
matzo cake meal.  Next, dip chicken pieces into egg and, finally, dip in
matzo meal, coating completely.  Shake off excess matzo meal.

Place chicken on prepared waxed paper.  Chill 30 minutes.

Heat 1/2 oil in heavy large skillet.  Add thigh and leg pieces of
chicken to the skillet, taking care not to crowd.  Cook until golden
brown and springy to the touch.  When cooked, place on paper towels to
drain. Add chicken breasts and repeat procedure.

Garnish with lemon wedges.

Source: BON APPETIT, n.d.

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