Monday, June 13, 2011


This recipe came to me courtesy of my cooking buddy Eric. He said that kapoma, a Greek chicken stew, was a family favorite when he was growing up. I say we never had deliciousness like this when I was a kid, but I am very glad to know about it now!

This dish couldn't be more simple or delicious. Its got 7 ingredients in it, and that includes salt & pepper! I bet you have most everything in your pantry right now!

Chicken pieces are dredged in cinnamon and braised in tomato and lemon juice. It sounds odd I know, but believe the Witch, its delicious! The cinnamon is not at all dessert like, you won't think that someone somehow mixed up a cinnamon roll with your chicken dinner. The cinnamon mellows a lot while cooking, the acidity of the tomato and lemon also help take it in a new direction far away from the cinnamon in desserts that we all know and love. The sauce that results is amazing, so rich, flavorful and delicately scented with cinnamon.

I do hope you'll try this dish soon. Its become a family favorite here as well - the 4 yr old Little Witch loves it and requests it often. I'd call that a success any day!

makes 4 servings
6 chicken thighs OR 4 chicken breasts, your choice (I used boneless skinless thighs but have done it with boneless skinless breasts too. I'm sure you could use bone in meat, it would probably have more flavor in the finished dish as most bone in meat tends to be more flavorful. If using bone in adjust cooking time to 1 hr)
3 T cinnamon
1 t kosher salt
1/8 t pepper
2 T butter
29 oz can tomato sauce
juice of 1 lemon
about 1/2 c water

Mix the salt, pepper and cinnamon together. Dredge chicken pieces until thoroughly coated in cinnamon mixture.

Heat butter in a large non reactive skillet with a lid. Once butter stops foaming add the chicken pieces and sautee until browned, about 2 minutes. Flip and brown 2nd side.

Pour the tomato sauce over chicken. Add the water to the can to rinse it out and pour into the skillet as well. Add lemon juice. Bring up to a boil then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and simmer on low heat for 45 min to an hour.

Serve chicken with sauce over rice or orzo pasta.

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople recipe calculator
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258.3
Total Fat 10.5 g
Saturated Fat 4.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Cholesterol 101.5 mg
Sodium 1,611.8 mg
Potassium 946.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 21.1
Dietary Fiber 6.7 g
Sugars 8.9 g
Protein 23.3 g


Jay said...

delectable dish..just loved the dish and the click too..:P

Tasty Appetite

Foodycat said...

That sounds delicious! Is the canned tomato sauce you refer to just pureed tomatoes, or does it have flavourings in it too?

Yenta Mary said...

OMG, that must be SO amazing!!! I add just a miniscule hint of cinnamon to my best Italian pasta sauce, and sometimes add it to beef stew. As you say, it's not sweet or dessert like or at odds with the other flavors; it sneaks in and enhances everything in a fabulous way!

StephenC said...

Sounds like a lot of cinnamon, but I trust your judgment.

Jenn said...

I have got to try this for sure! Sounds delicious...I've had savory dishes with cinnamon in it before and it's been good.
Lovin' the natural light pictures :)

Katrina (Betty Ray) said...

Wow, this looks so great. And different. I am printing this to try very soon. Yum!!

Angie's Recipes said...

Your chicken stew looks like loaded with flavours!

anthony stemke said...

I was concerned about the amount of cinnamon, so made a tiny amount of sauce as a test. I can say that this is a wonderful dish. Used boneless skinless chicken breasts in it.

Wonderfully different, Thank You.

Pam said...

I have to try this! It sounds delicious and I can't quite imagine with the cinnamon. Thanks for the recipe!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

This looks divine. It is totally new to me. Thanks for cooking!

Care's Kitchen said...

Now THIS I have to try!!! Unique and super simple plus all those flavors I love!!! I can't wait to try this one Andrea!

Michael Toa said...

Yum. Sounds absolutely delicious and it's hard to believe there's only 7 ingredients (including salt and pepper)!

Shannon K said...

Sounds so yummy! Will definitely have to try this soon! :)

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