February 19, 2018

Shabbos Chicken Recipe

This recipe was created by my mother-in-law.   It is actually quite simple, with few ingredients and a lot of crispy, juicy deliciousness.  I make this chicken dish every Friday night so in my house, we call it, ‘Shabbos Chicken’.   I had a housekeeper who thought that this was the traditional chicken dish made in every Jewish household on Friday  nights, until she consulted with a friend of hers who helps her family makes schnitzel every Friday night.  This recipe is a much healthier alternative to schnitzel, to say the least.   Because I serve this dish on Friday nights when I have a good chance of actually getting chicken into my kids’ stomachs, I splurge on using all Organic ingredients.  I use organic onions, potatoes, carrots and tomatoes (the only other ingredients in this recipe). I buy the whole organic Empire Kosher chickens from Trader Joe’s because they have them at a very reasonable price and are consistent in their pricing, freshness and quality. But any whole chicken can be used for this recipe.  Using the whole chicken has many advantages, first, its very economical, second, it gives you much more meat and third, the flavors and juices are enhanced when the bones are intact.  So, here’s the Raff Family Shabbos Chicken Recipe.

Shabbos Chicken Recipe


1 whole 3-4 lb Kosher chicken

1 large onion

1 large carrot

1 large tomato

3-4  potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks

Pereg grilled chicken spice (or your own mixture of paprika, garlic & onion powder)

Gravy powder

Sea Salt & Pepper


Using your Food Processor or a hand grater, grate 1 onion and 1 large carrot.  Place the grated vegetables around the inside edges of a large roasting pan, this is the stainless steel pan I use.  The Food Processor that I use to grate the vegetables with (and use all day long, for baking, cooking, grating and all my dips) is this Braun Multiquick 3.

Next, again using your Food Processor or grater, grate 1 tomato and add 1 teaspoon of brown gravy powder to the tomato mixture (the gravy powder is optional, on Passover I don’t have the powder and it tastes just as good).  Set the tomato mixture aside for later.

Using a kitchen scissor like this one, clean the excess fat and skin off of the chicken.  I  like to use these kitchen shears to snip off the extra skin and fat – the skin that’s not covering meat that falls over and the extra fat all around.  This makes the chicken less fatty and healthier.  I like to cut off the ends (the tush & neck) because they are full of fat and no-one in my house eats them, but you can leave them on if you like them.  After cleaning the chicken, rinse it off all around in cool water, pat dry.

Sprinkle the chicken lightly with sea salt all around on both sides.  I use sea salt because it is not only healthier but I find it brings out a much nicer flavor in everything I make.  I buy my Sea Salt in bulk, on Amazon using my Amazon Prime account for convenience and price since most of the sea salt in Health Food Stores are over-priced.  This is the Kosher brand of Sea Salt I get from Amazon.  Sprinkle the chicken with a dash of black pepper as well.

Next, season the chicken generously with Pereg Mixed Spices for Grilled Chicken spice mix.  This is not a promotional post for Pereg, it happens to just be a great spice mixture for this chicken.  You can make it yourself since its a simple mixture of Paprika, Garlic, Onion and Salt.  Gives a great flavor and color to the chicken.  I cover the entire chicken on both sides with this spice mixture.  (i don’t see this spice on Amazon, I checked, but it can be found in most Kosher grocery stores).

Place clean and spiced chicken into the roasting pan, breast side up, with the grated onion/carrot mixture around it.  You will now bake the chicken at 350 for 2 hours alternating sides and covering it and uncovering it.  Its this alteration of covering, uncovering, turning, uncovering and covering that keeps it crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  Here’s how I do it:

  1.  bake in the oven covered for 30 minutes.
  2. uncover the chicken and bake uncovered for another 30 minutes.
  3. after the first hour its half done.  Now, take the roasting pan out of the oven, remove the chicken and add the tomato mixture to the carrot/onions on the bottom of the pan.  Add the cut potatoes to the sides of the pan.  Turn the chicken over and place it back into the roasting pan.  If you started with breast side up, you will now place the breast side down (this keeps the white meat juicy).  Put roasting pan back in the oven uncovered for another 30 – 40 minutes.
  4. finally, cover it again and cook it covered for the remaining 30 minutes.   I usually make it about 3 hours before Shabbos starts and then keep it covered on warm (about 250 degrees) until I’m ready to serve it.  To serve, remove the chicken from the pan, slice off desired pieces (at this point its very tender so slices very easily) and serve with sauce and potatoes on top of the chicken.  It is so delicious.  Enjoy!

One final tip:  I often prepare the chicken in the morning when my kids are in school and leave it ready to go in the refrigerator until about 3 hours before Shabbos at which time I place it in the oven to cook.  I also set my timer so that I know when to take the top off, turn the chicken and put the top back on.

For more Shabbat Recipes, like Challah, visit here.

Here are some of the kitchen tools I use for this recipe


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Budget-Friendly Maxi Dresses & Accessories for Shabbos or Anytime


There’s no better way to combine modest fashion with comfort and savings, than with some Maxi Dresses like the ones shown below. They are great to wear as a robe on Shabbos or for dressy comfort any day of the week.  The Introspect Maxi Dress shown below is only $16 and the Norma Kamali Maxi Dress below is only $11. 

It is so easy and inexpensive to dress them up with some interesting and fun accessories as shown here, big necklace, funky bracelet and a shell and/or cardigan and you are all set – without hurting your budget. 

Thanks to the talented stylist, Shauna Miller from PennyChic, for these great pictures.

$10 children’s Shabbos dresses $29 ladies dresses & more


Amazon has just launched their new fashion Daily Deal site called My Habit.  Have you signed up yet?  If not,  sign up here to take advantage of some great deals!  Use the promotion code SUMMER25 to get $25 off any order.  This promotion code is good until August 1st.  As an additional plus, they offer free shipping and free returns! 

Here’s a beautiful Blush by us Angles Shabbos dress for your little girl from My Habit that normally retails for $89.00 – you can get it for $10.00 when you use your SUMMER25 code for $25 off of the $35 discounted price.   

For ladies, check out this beautiful wrap women’s dress for Shabbos that can double as a comfortable, fashionable robe from Amazon Clothes for only $28.80.  Picture it with a black shell underneath and you’re ready for a comfortable yet fashionable Shabbos.

As a perfect compliment for any summer Shabbos outfit, I’m in love with these Slingback Espadrilles from My Habit in black. 

Going to a Simcha (wedding or Bar-Mitzvah)? Take a look at these stunning Dolce & Gabbana satin dresses in black, pink or cream.  Picture them with a cream colored or black shell underneath. 

Wishing you a good Shabbos and Shabbat Shalom!

Week 4 – over 35% savings

Its Monday again and it seems that I’m finally getting the groove of things.  I managed to get my Sunday newspaper and spent only 10 minutes this morning reading the coupons insert along with the ShopRite, Target, CVS sales inserts.  Based only on what I need for the next week as well as some really great bulk savings, I made up my shopping list.  (Come on, can a Shopaholic really just buy only what she needs for the week?

Here are some of my savings for this week


Duncan Hines Brownie Mix: $1.29 and I have $1 off coupons so I get them for .29 cents each!  I also have a coupon ‘Free Duncan Hines cake mix with purchase of 2 Frostings’ and frosting is on sale ‘3 for $5’ so I will get my discount frosting, my dirt cheap brownie mix and my free cake mix.  Won’t my kids will be happy this shabbos with the easy cake and frosting treat! 

Osem Israeli Couscous 26 oz container $3.99 (this wasn’t in stock when I got there.  When this happens you can go to the customer service counter and get a ‘rain check’ which is a coupon that allows you to buy this product at this price one time in the next 6 months). 

Large eggs $1.77 – need those eggs for the brownies & cakes! 

Manichevetz egg noodles: .99cents (great with Shabbos chicken soup)

Breyers Yo-Crunch 20 for $10.  I can easily go through 20 a week with 3 kids eating at least 1 yogurt a day. 

San Giorgio pasta .89cents each so I’ll buy about 5.  Can never have too much macaroni in my house.  And I have my policy never to spend more than 99cents on a box of pasta, even when its whole grain.  It turns out that when I got to the pasta section of the store they had some some additional specials.  They had Botticelli pasta 5 for $4.00.  B0tticelli that’s 100% Italian high quality pasta.  and it was 80 cents a box.  Needless to say I stocked up. 

Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce 3 for $5.  I had coupons worth $2.60 so I got all 3 for $2.40. 

Today my bill was $91.12 and I saved $51.52.      

week 4 savings


That’s over 35% savings!          

And unlike my first few visits as a novice saver/couponer, it took me under half an hour to figure out this week’s sales/coupons and what to buy.  Once you master the learning curve the time vs. savings is definitely worthwhile.  And I managed to again buy high quality products like Jack Daniel’s and Botticelli.