Hanukkah menorah dinner table
The Delectable Italian-Jewish Fried Chicken You May Not Have Heard Of
By Heidi Chaya
Hanukkah is known as The Festival of Lights — and it's also a revelry of fried foods. There's a lesser-known dish that you simply must try called pollo fritto per Hanucca — Italian for "fried chicken for Hanukkah” — which consists of chicken legs and thighs marinated with lemon, garlic, cinnamon, and thyme, breaded or dredged, and served with lemon wedges.
When it comes to the oil to fry it in, The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that olive oil is still held in reverence for its role in the story of the menorah. However, My Jewish Learning explains that you can also use oils with high smoke points like avocado or safflower oil, or even "old-school" schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) balanced with canola oil.
If you want to make it at home, be sure not to let the chicken marinate too much as the lemon can toughen it up, according to Baltimore Jewish Times. Incorporating potato starch into the dredging flour will help the chicken get extra crunchy, and you can feel free to experiment with different seasonings to make it your own.