Cinnamon Baked Chicken with Raita Dipping Sauce and Golden Rice
~Repost from 2011 with updated recipe steps and edits~
Sometimes you just want to shake things up a bit, make something different but when you read the recipe you ask yourself
“What is this? Where do I get that? How much is this going to cost me?”. I know the feeling. I want to expose my family to food from different cultures but at the same time I don’t want to break the bank!
A friend of mine, who is from New Delhi, India, recently shared with me an ‘Americanized’ version of a recipe that her family loves. She assured me that this was easy and my super-picky child would love it. Love it he did!! I think she was trying to tell me that I needed to expand my repertoire on here…It’s OK, I can take a hint.
This uses very little in the way of ‘exotic ingredients’ and I really recommend making the rice as well. It is so flavorful and just the perfect accompaniment to the lightly spiced chicken and the cool zip of the Raita. Cumin, cilantro and cinnamon are traditional Indian-inspired seasonings. Raita is a yogurt-based condiment. Read more about the history of this dip HERE.
I hope you try it and if you do….let me know what you think!
This is a quick weeknight meal that pulls you out of the ‘chicken AGAIN??’ doldrums. It is kid-friendly and may just open them up to a new style of cuisine. My friend says this is an Americanized version of entry level Indian food. I agree. But who could deny how easy this is?
I have made this both ways using a broiler pan AND a baking or roasting pan (My current go-to pan is this Carlisle 60306 Baking/Roasting Pan) dish. Both are easy and if you are afraid of burning your chicken when using the broiler then just keep it on low and don’t stray too far from the kitchen.
On a side note: invest in a good multi-purpose baking or roasting pan that can do double duty in the kitchen. Chicken breasts, pork loins OR whole turkeys. Just my 2 cents worth.