Comfort in a Bowl: Chicken Stewed in Cinnamon, Garlic and Wine

by Tokyo Terrace on August 5, 2009

The weather in Minnesota is always unpredictable. It could be 90 degrees one day and snowing the next. Although it can be stressful and frustrating never knowing what the day will bring, there is something wonderful about the drastic change within seasons that makes me feel so at home and peaceful. I am constantly reminded that life, just like Minnesota weather, is unpredictable and uncontrollable. One has to roll with it and enjoy the ride.

This summer has been as surprising as ever. Instead of shorts and sun dresses, we find ourselves wearing sweatshirts and jeans. White Bear Lake is so dried up that the sandbars have become small islands. Sometimes I find myself thinking it is a fall evening in October rather than a hot summer day that should be spent in the sunshine and heat.

In the spirit of unseasonally cool weather, I made a meal for my family that was warming, comforting, and usually meant for cooler seasons (not the first week of August!)

Cat Cora’s Chicken stewed in cinnamon, garlic and wine is perfect for a night when you want to put something on the stove top and forget about it for a while to enjoy a glass of wine by the bonfire. Once all of the preparation is done, the chicken stews for a whole hour over low heat. The smell of cinnamon creeps through the house and proves yet again why slow cooking is such a special process.

If you are experiencing the same kind of strange weather, or need some ideas for the fast approaching fall season, this meal is something I would highly recommend. The chicken is juicy, full flavored with sweet and spicy cinnamon, savory garlic and tangy white wine.

Chicken Stewed in Cinnamon, Garlic and Wine (adapted from recipe by Cat Cora)

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 whole chicken, cut into 8 serving pieces

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

5 garlic cloves (3 chopped, 2 left whole)

4 cups chopped yellow onions

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 6 oz. can tomato paste

2 cups water

Pecorino Romano shavings (or other goats milk cheese)

1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley

In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, salt and pepper. After patting the chicken pieces dry with a paper towel, rub it with the cinnamon rub.

Heat the olive oil in a heavy, high sided pan or dutch oven over high heat. Working in batches, brown the chicken, 3-4 minutes per side, place on a platter and set aside.

Bring the heat to medium-high and add the onions and chopped garlic to the pan. Cook for 3 minutes until tender and fragrant. Add the wine and cook until evaporated. Add the tomato paste and water and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan, cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour.

Serve the chicken in bowls, top with the cheese shavings and parsley. Use crusty bread to soak up the sauce.


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  • http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com/ Scott

    Summer stew, what a novel concept. After a slow start to summer here in Boston, it is finally HOT! I think I’ll save this one for the cooler temps of New England’s autumn. Can’t wait!

  • http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com Scott

    Summer stew, what a novel concept. After a slow start to summer here in Boston, it is finally HOT! I think I’ll save this one for the cooler temps of New England’s autumn. Can’t wait!

  • http://www.nativefoodandwine.com/ Amber

    Sounds interesting. I love cooking with cinnamon. Love your new banner too. Beautiful!

  • http://www.nativefoodandwine.com Amber

    Sounds interesting. I love cooking with cinnamon. Love your new banner too. Beautiful!

  • vicariousmom

    Having Rachael and Brad here in White Bear Lake has been just plain wonderful. We’ve had some good times, and that includes some really good meals. This chicken dish was the perfect recipe for a cool summer evening. Delicious!

  • vicariousmom

    Having Rachael and Brad here in White Bear Lake has been just plain wonderful. We’ve had some good times, and that includes some really good meals. This chicken dish was the perfect recipe for a cool summer evening. Delicious!

  • tokyoterrace

    You are so lucky that you are getting some hot weather! It will most likely get hot this coming weekend in Minnesota, but it could change pretty quickly…never know!

  • tokyoterrace

    You are so lucky that you are getting some hot weather! It will most likely get hot this coming weekend in Minnesota, but it could change pretty quickly…never know!

  • tokyoterrace

    Thanks so much! Cinnamon is a great ingredient that I am realizing is not given enough credit.

  • tokyoterrace

    Thanks so much! Cinnamon is a great ingredient that I am realizing is not given enough credit.

  • http://mononoke-kitchen.blogspot.com/ mononoke

    Ça c’est de la pure beauté !

  • http://mononoke-kitchen.blogspot.com/ mononoke

    Ça c’est de la pure beauté !

  • squintingeyes

    What a lovely chicken stew. Is cat cory the tattoo artist? She rocks.

    Cheers,
    Cheapappetite from foodbuzz

  • squintingeyes

    What a lovely chicken stew. Is cat cory the tattoo artist? She rocks.

    Cheers,
    Cheapappetite from foodbuzz

  • http://www.fakefoodfree.com/ Lori

    This sounds so great, a combination of flavors I never would have considered. However, from the looks of it, I bet it works wonderfully! Perfect for cooler weather any time of the year!

  • http://www.fakefoodfree.com Lori

    This sounds so great, a combination of flavors I never would have considered. However, from the looks of it, I bet it works wonderfully! Perfect for cooler weather any time of the year!

  • http://www.phamfatale.com/ Jackie @ PhamFatale.com

    Looks fantastic. I love Cat Cora. Have you seen her cookbook “Cooking from the hips” the food photography is amazing. I love it

  • http://www.phamfatale.com/ Jackie @ PhamFatale.com

    Looks fantastic. I love Cat Cora. Have you seen her cookbook “Cooking from the hips” the food photography is amazing. I love it

  • tokyoterrace

    Merci beaucoup! My French is rusty, but I do know a bit! Your blog is wonderful, by the way! Look forward to seeing all you have to share!

  • tokyoterrace

    Merci beaucoup! My French is rusty, but I do know a bit! Your blog is wonderful, by the way! Look forward to seeing all you have to share!

  • tokyoterrace

    Pham Fatale: I have not seen her cookbook, but I’m sure it is wonderful! Her recipes are fantastic.

  • tokyoterrace

    Pham Fatale: I have not seen her cookbook, but I’m sure it is wonderful! Her recipes are fantastic.

  • tokyoterrace

    Lori: It was the perfect combination! The first time I read the recipe I was a little skiddish. However, after trying it, I don’t have anything but complete praise for this wonderfully crafted recipe!

  • tokyoterrace

    Lori: It was the perfect combination! The first time I read the recipe I was a little skiddish. However, after trying it, I don’t have anything but complete praise for this wonderfully crafted recipe!

  • tokyoterrace

    Squinting Eyes: Nope, not the tattoo artist. She is more of a food artist!

  • tokyoterrace

    Squinting Eyes: Nope, not the tattoo artist. She is more of a food artist!

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com/ Jenn

    I LOVE this recipe! It fit’s diet restrictions (pre-diabetic, low-carb) PERFECTLY! And since today’s weather felt much more like October than September, I’m thinking about fall. I can’t wait to try this on a chilly Minnesota evening. Thanks!

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com Jenn

    I LOVE this recipe! It fit’s diet restrictions (pre-diabetic, low-carb) PERFECTLY! And since today’s weather felt much more like October than September, I’m thinking about fall. I can’t wait to try this on a chilly Minnesota evening. Thanks!

  • http://www.marceladesign.com Marcela

    Just made this recipe today, it was very nice, not a very usual flavor that we have here in Mexico, it’s really good though… thanks for sharing.

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