Kota Kapama(Chicken Stewed in Wine, Garlic, & Cinnamon)

Recipe by Sharon123
READY IN: 1hr 35mins




  • Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels so they won't splatter in the pan. Mix the cinnamon, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Rub the chicken pieces on all sides with mixture. Mince 3 of the garlic cloves, set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large, deep, 12" cast iron skillet(or stainless steel, but you want high sides-about 3") over high heat. Don't crowd the pieces in the pan or the chicken will steam rather than brown. If you need to, do in 2 batches.
  • Add the chicken to skillet and brown for 4-5 minutes on each side, moving the pieces with a metal spatula so they don't stick to the pan. When the chicken is browned nicely on all sides, remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium high and add onions and minced garlic. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until onions have softemed and are a rich golden brown. Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan with a spoon to deglaze, loosening any brown bits.
  • When the wine has evaporated, add the water, tomato paste, and remaining 2 whole garlic cloves. Return the chicken to the pan. The liquid should cover about 3/4 of the chicken.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover skillet with a lid, and simmer for about 1 hour, or until the chicken is tender and thoroughly cooked. If the sauce gets too thick, thin with a little more water. Taste and adjust seasoning to your taste.
  • Great served with buttered noodles, rice, orzo, or macaroni. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of each serving. Enjoy!