Okay – here is recipe #1 that I tried this month for the crockpot. I am making and posting 3 no matter what the result.
I found this recipe for cinnamon chicken on The Gracious Pantry.
I modified it by halving it, first off, and using sweet potatoes instead of carrots, and I left out the cardamom because I didn’t feel like peeling and grinding the pods. I was in a hurry on my lunch break! The nice thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t require too many ingredients.
- 10 ounce sweet potato
- 1 pound of chicken breasts (that was 2 from this package)
- 8 ounces of canned tomato sauce (plain – I just used what we had)
- 7 ounces light coconut milk (half a can)
- 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Slice the sweet potato pretty thinly into disks or half moons about 1/4 inch?
Layer those in the bottom of the crockpot. Then place the chicken breasts on top of that.
In a bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, coconut milk and spices:
Pour over the chicken:
Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
Lori’s Notes: Ours had cooked about 5 hours and we were hungry, but the sweet potatoes weren’t quite done, so I recommend going for 6 hours. I took out the chicken breasts to shred them and John took out the sweet potato slices and microwaved them for a few minutes to finish cooking. Then it went back in the crock pot to mix.
This was an interesting flavor. Just like with Indian food, you don’t notice the tomato sauce like you do with Italian cooking. It tastes totally different. I happen to like the cinnamon flavor in savory dishes (hello koftas!!!), but John isn’t that fond of it. I will say that this dish needs some salt added to it before cooking. It was missing that.
The next day, I actually had the chicken and sauce over rice and it was better the next day as the flavors really melded.
I have a small crockpot (4.5 to 5 quart?). If you have a big one, you may want to go ahead and double the recipe.
I am not sure I would make this again. John said he would eat it again, but it wasn’t his favorite. It’s easy, though – big plus!