Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cinnamon Chicken -Little House Style

Happy New Years to all my readers!!  Today was a very lazy day around the house.  So while I was watching a very serious episode of Little House on the Prairie.......(please do not laugh) where Laura makes cinnamon chicken for Nelly and Almonzo. I was looking in old cookbooks from my father's Aunt to see if there was any recipes that I could use.  What I found was amazing!  The result was remarkable, chicken was moist with a tangy skin.  Will definitely make this again.

1 1/2 cups apple juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 lbs chicken pieces (8 pieces total)
2 tablespoons canola oil


Combine juice, honey, lemon juice, garlic, seasonings in large dish

Add chicken pieces and let sit for an hour

Heat oven to 350°F and have ready a large roasting pan, 9" x 13".
Remove chicken from the marinade, shake off the excess and set chicken aside on a plate.
Pour marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and boil until it has reduced to 1 cup and has begun to thicken (about 10-15 minutes).
Heat oil in a skillet and brown chicken parts over fairly high heat just a few minutes per side, lowering heat if needed to prevent from charring- you want the chicken to be evenly browned, but not fully cooked yet.
Place chicken in the roasting pan and pour the reduced marinade on top.
Bake 30-55 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and no no longer pink (will vary based on the chicken pieces you use).

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