Crockpot Cinnamon Chicken

Okay – here is recipe #1 that I tried this month for the crockpot.  I am making and posting 3 no matter what the result.  😀

I found this recipe for cinnamon chicken on The Gracious Pantry.

I modified it by halving it, first off, and  using sweet potatoes instead of carrots, and I left out the cardamom because I didn’t feel like peeling and grinding the pods.  I was in a hurry on my lunch break!  The nice thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t require too many ingredients.


  • 10 ounce sweet potato
  • 1 pound of chicken breasts (that was 2 from this package)
  • 8 ounces of canned tomato sauce (plain – I just used what we had)
  • 7 ounces light coconut milk (half a can)
  • 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Slice the sweet potato pretty thinly into disks or half moons about 1/4 inch?

Layer those in the bottom of the crockpot.  Then place the chicken breasts on top of that.

In a bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, coconut milk and spices:

Pour over the chicken:

Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Lori’s Notes:  Ours had cooked about 5 hours and we were hungry, but the sweet potatoes weren’t quite done, so I recommend going for 6 hours.  I took out the chicken breasts to shred them and John took out the sweet potato slices and microwaved them for a few minutes to finish cooking.  Then it went back in the crock pot to mix.

This was an interesting flavor.  Just like with Indian food, you don’t notice the tomato sauce like you do with Italian cooking.   It tastes totally different. I happen to like the cinnamon flavor in savory dishes (hello koftas!!!), but John isn’t that fond of it.  I will say that this dish needs some salt added to it before cooking.  It was missing that.

The next day, I actually had the chicken and sauce over rice and it was better the next day as the flavors really melded.

I have a small crockpot (4.5 to 5 quart?).  If you have a big one, you may want to go ahead and double the recipe.

I am not sure I would make this again.  John said he would eat it again, but it wasn’t his favorite.  It’s easy, though – big plus!

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11 thoughts on “Crockpot Cinnamon Chicken

  1. Leslie

    This looks fantastic, Lori. I’m glad it uses lite coconut milk, because I’ve found a couple of similar recipes on the blogs that used full fat, and I’d rather not go there! I may try this tomorrow as I have the ingredients on hand.

  2. Helen

    I think I would have been tempted to add curry and turn that into crockpot chicken curry. Glad you’re sticking with your experiment, it’s fun!

  3. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    Cinnamon chicken? I’ve never heard of that! We only have one Indian place in town and I’m really not used to the smell of Indian cuisine. I’d rather have Chinese. 😉 I am such a fan of quick crockpot recipes, I definitely need to find some new ones for the rotation.
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  4. Sharon

    Think I’ll try this simply because I’m looking for easy peasy recipes and anything that says crockpot gets my attention. We love chicken and we love sweet potatoes – can’t imagine pairing cinnamon with it, but we’ll give it a whirl! Keep posting recipes. You have no idea how many of yours I use constantly.
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