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Cinnamon Coconut Milk Chicken

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Cuisine: Caribbean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 575kcal


  • 4 chicken thighs skinless and bone-in
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper freshly ground
  • 3/8 teaspoon cinnamon freshly ground & divided
  • 3 tablespoons oil use a neutral oil that can handle high heat like canola or grapeseed
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cloves remove before serving (you can wrap them in cheesecloth to make them easier to find)
  • 1/8 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish paprika
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
  • 13.5 oz. can of coconut milk not cream of coconut milk


  • Pat the chicken thighs dry and bring them up to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, combine the salt, ground pepper, and 1/4 of a teaspoon of the ground cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Toss the chicken thighs with the cinnamon mixture, and let the seasoned chicken rest for a few minutes.
  • Pour the oil into a rondeau or a large pan and heat over high heat.
  • Once the oil is shimmering, carefully place the chicken thighs in the pan and watch out because the oil may splatter.
  • Cook long enough to brown the chicken thighs on both sides, about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Remove chicken. Drain the excess fat from the pan, but don't wipe it out. You want to keep all those flavorful brown bits for the sauce.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the hot pan and cook for a minute or two to color slightly.
  • Pour in the coconut milk, and mix in the cloves, mustard powder, paprika, and the rest of the cinnamon.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  • Add chicken back to pan. Stir in the parsley and cilantro.
  • Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. You may need to adjust the heat to prevent the liquid from boiling or add a little water if the pan is drying out.
  • Optionally, save the sauce the chicken cooked in to drizzle on top of the chicken once you are ready to eat it.



Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 272IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg