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Blackened Cinnamon BBQ Chicken Recipe

Blackened Cinnamon BBQ Chicken

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"This recipe was one I made on the fly one year and it was fantastic. Nicely blackened on the grill with a hint of sweetness."

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Original recipe makes 12 chicken pieces Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Rinse chicken drumsticks, thighs, and wings with cold water, and place into a bowl. Pour in lemon juice and vinegar; mix in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and kosher salt until the chicken parts are thoroughly coated with the spice paste. Allow to stand, covered, for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  3. Grill the chicken pieces on the preheated grill until the meat is no longer pink at the bone, the juices run clear, and the spice-coated skin is blistered, well-browned, and blackened in spots, about 10 minutes per side. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 27, 2011

I liked this - my husband found it too vinegary however I used 5 chicken thighs, and then everything else the same except I only used 1 1/2 Tsp nutmeg. And it was freezing rain out so I didn't want to BBQ so I preheated my oven to 550 then when it was hot turned it off and the broiler on and cooked the chicken on the higher rack. We wanted something simple after eating rich food over the holidays and this chicken, basmati rice and steamed asparagus & carrots did the trick!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 15, 2011

The inside didn't cook all the way through, but they were lifting up the lid to the grill to turn corn, so we think that is why.. otherwise, it is good but different.. more like a dessert meal. I think it is good for kids who are picky and don't like barbequed chicken

Apr 18, 2012

Very different taste to the chicken using ground cinnamon. I made 2 types of grilled thighs for dinner, this one and 'Big Al's Chicken' and I preferred the taste of this one. I marinated the thighs (only parts used) all day. The skin does get very dark like the picture shows, but it was NOT burnt. Served this with 'Alison's Colcannon and Cauliflower with Dijon Sauce' both AR recipe. Everything together made for a really good dinner. Thanks whey2big4u for sharing your recipe.

Sep 17, 2012

easy to fix but it was not good the kids did not like this, I was really hoping for a new exciting chicken recipe, this one was a fail.

Feb 07, 2015

Had to substitute the lemon for lime and cooked on a grate on the stove. The texture of the mix was a little grainy and the taste was a bit overpowering. Suggest reduced vinegar and definitely cook on a grill.

Mar 03, 2014

Easy to fix, but I will never make it again. I doused mine in bbq sauce but the cinnamon and apple cider vinegar didn't come together as well as I had hoped. Instead, it gave it a tang that was less than fortunate.

Jul 04, 2013

Had to scrape off the coating then wash the chicken, it was that bad


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  • Calories
  • 454 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.2 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 154 mg
  • 51%
  • Fat
  • 25.8 g
  • 40%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 44.9 g
  • 90%
  • Sodium
  • 628 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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