Baked Chicken With Cinnamon Recipe

Chicken with cinnamon may seem like a strange combination, but let us tell you ... if you haven't tried it, it's a must. This recipe is excellent with either chicken breasts or chicken thighs, and either way, it's packed full of flavor. Another plus about this recipe is that it doesn't require a whole lot of work or time. Another added bonus? It only requires a few ingredients, and it won't be costly.

Erin Johnson is the mastermind behind this dish, and you'll want to thank her after you try it. Johnson shares that her favorite part of the recipe is that it is "both really delicious and smells so good! It's the kind of dinner that has people commenting on how good it smells when they walk into the kitchen." 

Without further ado, keep scrolling to find out how to make this yummy chicken dish that's great for a family meal or to impress some friends for dinner. 

Gather the ingredients for this baked chicken with cinnamon

For this dish, start off with apple juice, honey, lemon, and garlic. For the garlic, you can either buy the pre-minced kind or mince it yourself. You'll also need a few spices, including cinnamon, salt, and black pepper. To round off your grocery list, add six pieces of bone-in and skin-on chicken. Either the breasts or the legs are preferred.

"I used breasts and legs for this, but thighs would work as well. I cut the breast into thirds because it was very large," Johnson shares. "You will want to cut the breast into half at least, to make it have a similar cook time to the other pieces of chicken."

Marinate the chicken

Start off by combining every single ingredient on the list (besides the chicken) into either a lidded container or a resealable bag. Then, add the chicken in as well. Stick it in the fridge and allow the chicken to marinate overnight. This ensures that all the flavors will soak in and your chicken will taste next-level good since it's been sitting in spices overnight. 

Preheat and prep your dish

Once the chicken has been in your fridge overnight and all the flavors have soaked into the skin, it's time to preheat the oven. In the meantime, remove the chicken from the marinade and set the bag with marinade to the side because you'll need it later — you don't want to throw all those delicious spices and juices away. Grab a large skillet, and put in a teaspoon of olive oil. Cook about three to five minutes per side until the skin is golden brown. It should look just like the photo! 

Remove the chicken from the pan and continue cooking

Once the chicken is brown on both sides, you can remove it from the skillet and set it to the side until you need it again. Now, add the marinade to the skillet and bring it to a boil. Once it starts to bubble, lower the heat and allow it to cook until the sauce reduces by half. "About 10 minutes on a medium-high heat" will do the trick, Johnson says. Just keep an eye on the skillet to ensure that you don't cook off too much of the liquid.

Bake your chicken and enjoy the finished dish

Place the chicken in a baking dish and pour the marinade over it. Set your timer for about 25 minutes and cook the chicken until the internal temperatures soar up to 165 degrees. If you don't have a lot of experience cooking chicken, you may want to use a meat thermometer. Once the timer dings, remove the chicken from the oven and serve however you'd like.

"If, after baking, you find that the sauce isn't thick enough, pour it back into the skillet. Mix a slurry in a bowl on the side by combining one tablespoon each of cornstarch and cold water, then add it into the sauce and stir continuously over heat until it thickens," Johnson notes. "This will give the sauce a more gravy-like consistency."

As for serving suggestions? "Cinnamon is really the star here, so things that pair well with that all work wonderfully," Johnson says. "I like this with mashed potatoes and carrots. It would also be delicious over rice. The leftovers also make a delicious chicken salad!" 

Baked Chicken With Cinnamon Recipe
4.9 from 35 ratings
Chicken with cinnamon may seem like a strange combination, but let us tell you ... if you haven't tried it, it's a must. Give it a try.
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Baked Chicken With Cinnamon over mashed potatoes
Total time: 32 minutes
  • 1 ½ cups apple juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 pieces bone-in, skin-on chicken (breasts and legs preferred)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients except the chicken into a large, resealable bag or lidded container.
  3. Add the chicken to the mixture and allow to sit in the fridge overnight.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade – reserve the marinade – and cook in a large skillet with 1 tablespoon oil until the skin is golden brown, around 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  5. Remove the chicken from the skillet and add the marinade. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and allow to cook until the sauce has reduced by half.
  6. Put the chicken into a baking dish and pour the reduced marinade over.
  7. Cook the chicken at 375 for 25 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Calories per Serving 406
Total Fat 20.4 g
Saturated Fat 5.8 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 100.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 31.1 g
Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
Total Sugars 26.7 g
Sodium 618.5 mg
Protein 25.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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