Grilled Cinnamon Chicken Recipe

grilled cinnamon chicken

The Spruce/Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Marinating Time: 60 mins
Total: 95 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1104 Calories
59g Fat
27g Carbs
109g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1104
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 59g 76%
Saturated Fat 17g 83%
Cholesterol 426mg 142%
Sodium 902mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 109g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 982mg 21%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chicken is marinated with honey and cinnamon to give it a sweet flavor. When combined with the curry powder and put on the grill you get a wonderful southeast Asian chicken flavor. Try this on chicken pieces, or you can reduce the fat by grilling skinless, boneless chicken breasts. One word of advice, watch this one closely while grilling, it can burn because of the honey in the marinade, so keep the temperature low.

“This chicken is very easy to prep and the marinade is delicious and packed with flavors. You can choose your favorite parts of the chicken to grill and serve with a side salad for a meal. Just keep an eye on them while grilling as they can burn really quick.” —Tara Omidvar

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A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • 1 whole chicken, about 4 pounds, cut into pieces

  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) dry sherry

  • 1/3 cup (80 milliliters) honey

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients to make grilled cinnamon chicken

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  2. Combine dry sherry, honey, cinnamon, curry powder, and garlic salt in a small bowl.

    cinnamon marinade in a bowl

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  3. Place chicken in a shallow baking dish and coat evenly with marinade. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.

    raw chicken marinading in a casserole dish

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  4. Prepare a medium-low (300 F to 325 F) gas or charcoal grill fire. Because of the honey in the marinade, you will need to keep a close eye on the chicken while it is grilling to be sure it doesn't burn. Remove chicken from marinade (discard the marinade). Grill the chicken until cooked through and a digital thermometer registers 165 F when inserted into the thickest part of the meat (away from the bone) 12 to 15 minutes per side.

    cinnamon chicken cooking on a charcoal grill

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