Exotic Cinnamon Spiced Chicken Bake

Food should be fun – it should be enjoyable to shop for, to cook and, of course, to eat! Healthy eating is no exception. In fact, once you cut processed, artificial foods out of your diet, whole, fresh foods actually taste more flavorful than ever before. Your taste buds will learn to recognize the sweetness of a juicy, ripe apple and the delicate flavor of freshly harvested zucchini.

When some people think of healthy eating, they think of bland, boring, tasteless foods day after day…after day. When I think of healthy eating, I think of the endless combinations of flavors that I can create using fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and a cabinet full of herbs and spices!

This recipe was inspired by some of the delicious, exotic spices of the middle east. Cinnamon, cardamom and coriander are the stars of this dish. I took an otherwise simple meal of chicken, sweet potatoes, bell peppers and onions and, just by adding a few spices, turned it into a unique culinary experience.

This same technique can be applied to any number of meals. This recipe, for example, could take on a totally different flavor by using chipotle, cilantro and garlic.  If you have a favorite meal that you cook often, try switching up the spices next time to give it a brand new personality. You might even come up with a new favorite meal!

Exotic Cinnamon Spiced Chicken Bake

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 60 Minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 Minutes

Ingredients

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 yellow onion, cut into 8 wedges

2 medium (or 4 small) bell peppers, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch strips

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp coriander

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp allspice

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Heat oven to 450F.

Coat a 13”x9” glass baking dish with cooking spray or olive oil and set aside.

Add chicken, sweet potato, onion and bell peppers to a large bowl. Toss with olive oil and spices until everything is evenly coated.

Pour chicken and vegetables into prepared baking dish.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are beginning to brown. Stir once after 30 minutes.

 

About the author: My name is Tarah and I love food! I love tinkering away in the kitchen with a new recipe, I love the excitement of a delicious meal and I love the health benefits and nourishment that food provides. I am on a mission to spread the word that healthy eating can be simple and delicious. It is that mission that inspired me to go back to school to pursue a Masters degree in Health and Nutrition Education. I blog over at http://www.whatigather.com where I am gathering the tools and knowledge necessary to live a long, healthy, happy, tasty life.


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