Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Honey Paprika Cinnamon Chicken

Sounds weird right? Well it was impulse and I could not be happier with the way it turned out! I was making chicken for the week (more like a couple of days) and wanted to do something different with the marinade instead of just dumping my trusty no salt-seasoning from Costco on it. So I started with paprika and then saw the honey in my cupboard and thought it could make a nice glaze. This recipe can be used to marinade other types of meat as well, but chicken is great because it is so versatile. It's like a chameleon...or something. I had this for lunch with spinach and goat cheese and it was on point...I think that any vegetable/cheese combo would be a great way to balance the marinade on the chicken! Anyways, hope you are not too deterred by the sound of this recipe to give it a try!

Honey Paprika Cinnamon Chicken

Honey Paprika Cinnamon Chicken

  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise (so...four?)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbs paprika, or enough to cover the chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • salt to cover
Directions: Place chicken breasts in a bowl and pour olive oil on top. Mix well and add salt and paprika. Rub mixture into the meat thoroughly, making sure that both sides are adequately covered. Next, add honey and cinnamon, also making sure that all breasts are evenly coated. If you have time, cover and let the marinade sit for a couple of hours. Otherwise, place breasts on a baking sheet, and pour leftover mixture from the bowl over the meat for added flavor. Bake for about half and hour on 350-400. Remove, and once again, pour the extra juice from the pan over your meat when serving (optional but delicious in my opinion). I'm sure this meat would also be delicious from the grill, but I will have to try that next time. 

Honey Paprika Cinnamon Chicken
Honey Paprika Cinnamon Chicken

Ps. The amounts for the spices are approximations, so feel free to tweak them according to your judgement. I just kind of eyeballed it and did what looked right.


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