Senegal Cinnamon Chicken Recipe

We Love Senegal’s Cinnamon Chicken Recipe

If you're looking for a flavorful and easy-to-make chicken recipe, look no further than Senegal Cinnamon Chicken. 

This chicken and cinnamon African dish is known for its delicious combination of spices and herbs, including ginger, garlic, and cilantro. It's perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion. Cinnamon is a spice that adds a warm and sweet flavor to dishes, making it a popular ingredient in both sweet and savory recipes. 

When used in chicken recipes, cinnamon can add a unique depth of flavor that complements the natural taste of the chicken. It works particularly well when combined with other spices, such as cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper, as in the Senegal Cinnamon Chicken recipe.

Senegal Cinnamon Chicken Recipe

4 bone-in chicken thighs
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper, to taste


Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side.

Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Add the onion to the skillet and cook until softened about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for an additional minute.

Stir in the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper and cook for another minute. Add the diced tomatoes with their juices and chicken broth, and bring to a simmer.

Add the chicken back to the skillet and spoon some of the sauce over the chicken. Cover the skillet with a lid or foil and transfer it to the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro before serving.

Senegal Chicken is a flavorful and easy-to-make West African dish that combines a variety of spices and herbs with bone-in chicken thighs, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. The chicken is first browned in a skillet before being combined with the other ingredients in the same pan and baked in the oven until cooked through. This delicious dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion.


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