Passover BBQ Chicken Meatloaf

The groundhog has shown his (lying!) face, the equinox has passed, and pastel colored candies are in the drugstores. That means one thing:

It’s Passover!

Though Passover dictates that Jews avoid chametz (any leavened product made from grains), and many Jews avoid kitniyot (legumes, corn, and rice), that doesn’t mean that we need subsist on matzah pizza and eggs all week.

Quite the opposite, really. It’s a chance to expand our minds and see the week of using matzah as an opportunity.

An opportunity to make matzah shine.

Passover BBQ Chicken Meatloaf


1 – 1.25 lb. ground chicken

1/2 cup matzo meal

1/2 yellow onion, diced

1 jalapeno, diced

1 cup mayonnaise

4 oz. grated or diced sharp cheddar cheese

2 tbsp. bbq or steak seasoning (including salt and pepper)

1/2 cup bbq sauce (or enough to cover meatlaof – check out this one for a kitniyot-free version)

1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the bbq sauce and onions in a large bowl and preheat the oven to 350F.

2. Line a baking pan with the diced onions.

3. Mix the ingredients in the bowl and…

4. Spread it into your baking dish.

She ain’t gonna win any beauty prizes, but we love her all the same. 

5. Cover with the bbq sauce and bake for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is totally cooked through and the edges of the loaf are slightly burnished.

6. Serve

This is everything I want in a meatloaf. The mayo keeps the loaf juicy and the matzah meal makes it incredibly soft. Bumping up the flavor with spicy jalapenos, tangy cheese, and smoky bbq seasoning really balances out the rather bland flavor of the matzah.
The topping gets thick and sticky in the middle and crunchy around the outside edges. The onions melt into the juicy meat and the whole taste is smoky, salty, and pleasantly tangy. This is so delicious that you will want to eat it year round, not just as Passover. It doesn’t taste like you are denying yourself anything – it will be welcome on any dinner table next to any side dish.

It makes matzah pretty badass.


  1. […] Pardon my outburst, I’m just not the biggest matzah fan. Every now and then I can handle it, but after a week of matzah pizza, matzah brei, and matzah blts (yeah, I’m that kind of Jew), I want CHAMETZ!! […]