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Welcome to our African Food Love blog, where we take you on a culinary journey through the rich and diverse flavors of the continent. From the spicy stews of North Africa to the colorful and aromatic dishes of West Africa, we aim to showcase the unique ingredients and cooking techniques that make African cuisine so special. Through our blog, we'll share recipes, stories, and cultural insights that will transport you to the heart of the African kitchen. Whether you're a seasoned foodie or a curious beginner, we invite you to join us on this adventure and discover the many tastes of Africa.

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Senegal Cinnamon Chicken Recipe

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 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
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  5. Add the onion to the skillet and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for an additional minute.
  7. Stir in the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper and cook for another minute.
  8. Add the diced tomatoes with their juices and chicken broth, and bring to a simmer.
  9. Add the chicken back to the skillet and spoon some of the sauce over the chicken.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 rest of the 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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Simple Cooking Tips

Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.