Lemon-Cinnamon Chicken (Grill or BBQ)

"This recipe is from the magazine "Eating Well" and is a tasty low calorie way to prepare chicken. The cook time will vary depending on the size of the breasts"
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  • In a shallow, non mettalic dish large enough to hold the chicken breasts in single layer combine the lemon juice, garlic, oregano, cinnamon, tomato paste& jalapeno.
  • Season with salt& pepper, stir to mix.
  • Place the chicken in the marinade, turn to coat evenly, cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge.
  • Marinate at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours Drain chicken and discard the marinade Grill or broil on a lightly greased rack Apprx 5-7 minutes each side or until done Garnish with lemon wedges and oregano, if desired.

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  1. CulinaryExplorer
    I am giving this a 4-star rating because my husband really liked it, but the taste wasn't really for me personally. It was VERY simple to make however!
  2. webkinzfan
    My dad made this for dinner. I really liked it because it was lemony and I like lemons.
  3. The Innominate Chef
    I thought it was good. Perhaps I grilled it a bit too hot--carmelized the lemon on the grill marks and that was a little bitter. Also on the whole, a bit too intensely lemony tart for my palate. I still think its a keeper but will fiddle with it a bit for the next for the next go around--slightly cooler temp with a longer grill time and maybe a touch of sugar to moderate the tartness. Still, a great concept--cinnamon on chicken who woulda thunk it!
  4. car bomb
    Tasty and Zingy. I used fresh oregano and all the other instructed ingredients at the correct ratios except it was 1.3# of chicken. And oh yeah, I did marinade for 7 hours. Perhaps the amount of chicken is why I couldn't really taste but a hint of cinnamon and not much garlic or jalapeno. It's a good healthy recipe but I'll probably change a few things next time.
  5. L. Duch
    I too doubled the marinade. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and marinated for 5 hours. This was very tasty. It ironicly tasted a lot like my "Tequila Lime Chicken". With the exception of the jalepeno, garlic and citrus (lemon in this recipe and lime in mine similar enough to be used interchangabley), the rest of the ingredients were totally different. Weird they tasted a lot alike. I hope I don't offend you, but with the taste being so similar I'm not sure how to rate this :-/, but this was very good. Easy to make and will make it again. Thanks Bergy.


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