Please consult the OU's guidelines for checking fruits and vegetables.

Tuscan Chicken – Pre-Yom Kippur Fast
This recipe is kosher for Passover.
Tuscan Chicken – Pre-Yom Kippur Fast Eileen Goltz | Meat
45 minutes 5 minutes
40 minutes
4 to 6 servings

This simple hearty dish is easy to make for before a fast and goes perfectly with rice, beans, or pasta.

  • 2 to 3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 can pitted black olives, drained
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley (or 1 Tablespoon dried)
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh basil (or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano (or ½ teaspoon dried oregano)

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the chicken and brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  2. Add the wine and cook until liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, olives and garlic.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cover.
  5. Cook for about 20 minutes, until sauce is thick.
  6. Stir in parsley, basil and oregano and cook 5 minutes more.
  7. Serve over cooked white beans, pasta or rice.

Kashrut Instructions


DESCRIPTION: Fresh Chives, basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme are often used as spices or garnishing.

Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used.

INFESTATION: Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water.

Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure.

RECOMMENDATION: In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs it should not be used.


  1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated unscented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
  2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs.
  3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs.
  4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light.
  5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs.
  6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.

Please note: To prepare herbs such as cilantro, dill or parsley for use in soups wash them thoroughly and place in a cooking bag.

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