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Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts: Greek Cinnamon Stewed Chicken

Monday, October 10, 2011

Greek Cinnamon Stewed Chicken


It is that time again….Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!  Don’t know what Secret Recipe Club is?  Go check it out here!  Amanda puts so much work into coordinating this fun event each month.  Thanks Amanda, you do a wonderful job!

This month I was assigned I Was Born To Cook.  Melissa has an amazing blog!  I had never seen her site before, but now I am so glad I found it!  Melissa was born and raised in New Jersey, but comes from a Greek/Italian family.  I think her tag line says it all “A journal of recipes, stories and more from the kitchen of a 1st generation Italian/Greek girl from New Jersey.”  I immediately decided I was going to try something Greek.  I had a really hard time picking; there were so many great looking Greek, Italian and Desserts recipes.  But I stuck to my guns, and went Greek.  And I guarantee I will be trying more of her recipes soon.

I finally decided on this Greek Cinnamon Stewed Chicken.  I must say, I loved this chicken.  Cinnamon is the Greek twist here for sure.  I hardly ever use cinnamon in savory dishes.  My husband didn’t like this as much as I did, but he ate a large piece, so he must not have had that many problems with it!  The recipe calls for skin on, bone in chicken.  I only had boneless skinless chicken breasts, but I think it worked well.  It was still crispy on the outside, and moist and juicy on the inside.  The sauce was amazing!  I liked it so much, I put it on my couscous too! 

Melissa got this recipe here by Cat Cora.  Being that I am not experienced with this type of cuisine, I did not make any changes to the recipe (well, aside from the kind of chicken I used).  I cut down on the amount of chicken I was making, because only two of us were eating it.  But I made the full amount of the sauce.  I had some leftover, but it was so good I am glad I made more than enough of it! 


 



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37 Comments:

At October 10, 2011 at 6:26 AM , Blogger Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

I have never used cinnamon in a savory dish. My sister in law makes pastichio? I think with lamb and cinnamon that is pretty good.

 
At October 10, 2011 at 6:34 AM , Anonymous Ilke said...

What a hearty meal you chose. I will be definitely visiting her blog to get some ideas.
Cinnamon complements the meat really good I think, we use it in meatballs sometimes.

 
At October 10, 2011 at 6:37 AM , Blogger Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Ah, great choice! Glad you liked it. And Annie Oakley, I have a pastitsio recipe in my blog (family recipe)...we love Greek food in this house :)

 
At October 10, 2011 at 6:42 AM , Anonymous Winnie said...

This looks fantastic! I love Greek food and will have to try this out. Great choice for the SRC.

 
At October 10, 2011 at 7:05 AM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

This looks absoultely delicious. Thank you to Melissa for the recipe and great job Erin for featuring it!!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 7:33 AM , Anonymous Judee said...

We have a Meditteranean background so cinnamon is used in many dishes including chicken and even chicken soup! Great SRC choice.

 
At October 10, 2011 at 7:33 AM , Blogger Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

It looks delish! I wonder if my kids would like this? Hmmm

 
At October 10, 2011 at 8:29 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

This chicken sounds amazing! Never would have thought to add cinnamon, but I like the idea a lot.

 
At October 10, 2011 at 8:35 AM , Blogger Parsley Sage said...

Awesome secret recipe! Looks fabulous. Love the use of cinnamon :) Buzzed!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM , Blogger Lisa~~ said...

This looks awesome and we like extra sauce so I would go with your proportions.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

 
At October 10, 2011 at 9:26 AM , Blogger The Slow Roasted Italian said...

This looks delicious! Great SRC choice.

Check out my SRC post if you like

http://theslowroasteditalian.blogspot.com/2011/10/low-calorie-greek-baked-eggs.html

 
At October 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

Great flavors, Erin. This is totally different that anything that I would think of. Thanks for sharing!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM , Anonymous Amber | Bluebonnets and Brownies said...

How fun! I never would have put cinnamon on chicken, but now that I think about it, I bet it's incredible. Great SRC pick!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 10:43 AM , Blogger Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Yum! Glad you got to try this, its one of our household favorites! There is a super easy version of it on my blog too, if you're interested :) Its titled Kapama chicken. Cinnamon tomato sauce is so so so good!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM , Blogger Tessa said...

I also usually don't use cinnamon in savory dishes but this looks awesome. Great SCR choice!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

What an interesting idea! I have never used cinnamon like that before

 
At October 10, 2011 at 12:33 PM , Blogger Sara said...

This chicken dish sounds fantastic! I'm always looking for new ways to make chicken, and this one sounds like a keeper! :)

 
At October 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Steph said...

Whoa! Cinnamon and chicken. I'd would be a huge skeptic had I not seen you droolworthy pics! I think I'm gonna have to branch out and give this a shot :)

 
At October 10, 2011 at 1:09 PM , Blogger BigBearswife said...

I never use cinnamon in savory dishes either, I think I'll need to change that soon!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 1:36 PM , OpenID sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

What a great dish to pick from Melissa's blog. This chicken sounds delicious! I need to get in on this secret recipe club. xx

 
At October 10, 2011 at 1:55 PM , Anonymous claire @ the realistic nutritionist said...

I can't WAIT for my secret recipe post!!!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 2:07 PM , Anonymous Eva @kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com said...

What an interesting combo of flavours; never thought cinnamon was Greek!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 2:10 PM , Blogger Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Yummy this looks delicious Erin!! Perfect SRC post! :)

 
At October 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

What an unusual combo of flavors! It looks really good though! Great pick!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 4:31 PM , Anonymous Katherine Martinelli said...

I actually have that Cat Cora recipe bookmarked! How funny. Now I really need to make it, sounds amazing!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Ann said...

It looks delicious! I'm 17 days away from being a six month old blog....and then I'm going to apply! SO excited!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 6:49 PM , Anonymous foodie @ Tasting Spot said...

i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share some of them on tastingspot.com

 
At October 10, 2011 at 6:51 PM , Anonymous Anne@frommysweetheart said...

Erin...that chicken is beautiful! It looks so rich and savory! Gorgeous sauce. I am a huge fan of cinnamon in savory cooking! Nice job!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 6:56 PM , OpenID momdecuisine said...

That looks like a great dinner! Anything from Cat Cora is gotta be good!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 8:27 PM , Blogger Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

Great SRC choice! I am having so much fun discovering new blogs through the SRC!

 
At October 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM , Blogger Elies_Lie said...

Erin...
the sauce looks delicious and the boneless and skinless chicken will make this dish even healtier... great job!
buzzed and congratz for the "best new blog" award nominee... & for sure I 'll vote YOU!! ;)
*wishes the best*

 
At October 10, 2011 at 11:35 PM , Anonymous janet@cupcakestocaviar said...

Ooooo. I love using Cinnamon in savory dishes but have never seen this recipe before. I have GOT to try this one, Erin. It sounds awesome!

 
At October 11, 2011 at 12:28 AM , Blogger Dulce Dough said...

Looks fantastic! I don't think I have ever used cinnamon in a savory dish before, but after seeing your chicken I want to give it a try!

 
At October 11, 2011 at 1:01 PM , Anonymous Lesa @Edesia's Notebook said...

My husband would say that I *have* to make this, because he loves cinnamon in savory dishes. Great choice!

 
At October 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM , Blogger Maria said...

Yummy, looks great!
Enjoy Cooking!

 
At October 11, 2011 at 10:27 PM , Anonymous Kristy said...

Fabulous choice in recipe! This looks like something my whole family would enjoy. I just want to spoon that sauce off the chicken in that photo. Yum!

 
At October 18, 2011 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Desi said...

I've never really put cinnamon in my savory dishes either, but this looks like a nice chicken dish. I also don't cook enough Greek food... I need to venture out!

http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/10/octobers-secret-recipe-club-avocado.html

 

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