In a classic episode of “Little House on the Prairie,” (Back to School Part 2, Season 6, Episode 2) Laura offers to cook dinner for a special date between Nellie and the handsome bachelor in town, Almanzo Wilder. Nellie’s not the only one with her eye on Almanzo, so Laura has an ulterior motive. She wants to end things between Nellie and Almanzo before they get started.
When she prepares their supper, Laura douses the chicken with cayenne pepper instead of cinnamon. Both Nellie and Almanzo get sick, and the date is ruined. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in Laura’s life as she gets to know her future husband.
When made properly, cinnamon chicken is actually a delicious, family-friendly recipe that kids and adults love. A complex combination of flavors including apple cider, lemon juice, garlic, and cinnamon brings together this savory-sweet main dish.
Marinate the chicken for at least 8 hours to ensure a flavorful, tender finished product. This versatile recipe can be served with any number of side dishes to make a hearty meal. The modern-day audience will certainly be more impressed than Almanzo was with Laura’s version.
Cinnamon Chicken Recipe
- 1½ cups apple cider
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 3 pounds of chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lemon for garnish (cut in wedges)
Combine the cider, honey, lemon juice, garlic, cinnamon, salt, and pepper in a large, airtight container.
Add the chicken to the marinade and move the pieces around to coat them. Cover the container and marinate the chicken for at least 8 hours (or overnight) in the refrigerator.
After marinating, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and set it aside. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and boil until it reduces to 1 cup. This should take between 10 and 15 minutes.
Heat the oil in a large skillet and briefly brown the chicken breasts over medium heat. Brown for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Don’t leave it in the pan long enough to cook the chicken through.
Place the chicken in a 9×13 inch roasting pan and pour the reduced marinade over the chicken. Bake until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. This should take between 30 and 50 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces. Use a meat thermometer to confirm that it’s done cooking.
Serve juices as a dipping sauce if desired, and garnish with lemon wedges. Serves 8. Recipe adapted from Food.com
This is the perfect dinner to complement a Little House on the Prairie get-together, and you can pair it with homemade lemonade, carrot side dish, and of course a delicious pie for dessert.
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- 1½ cups apple cider
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 3 pounds of chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lemon for garnish (cut in wedges)
- Combine the cider, honey, lemon juice, garlic, cinnamon, salt, and pepper in a large, airtight container.
- Add the chicken to the marinade and move the pieces around to coat them. Cover the container and marinate the chicken for at least 8 hours (or overnight) in the refrigerator.
- After marinating, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade and set it aside. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and boil until it reduces to 1 cup. This should take between 10 and 15 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet and briefly brown the chicken breasts over medium heat. Brown for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Don’t leave it in the pan long enough to cook the chicken through.
- Place the chicken in a 9×13 inch roasting pan and pour the reduced marinade over the chicken. Bake until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. This should take between 30 and 50 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces. Use a meat thermometer to confirm that it’s done cooking.
- Serve juices as a dipping sauce if desired, and garnish with lemon wedges.
Annemarie Rossi is the creator of Real Food Real Deals and the author of Conquering Your Kitchen. Her website provides recipes and tips to help families eat healthy food on a budget. Annemarie’s work has been featured in many places, including the Non-GMO Cookbook, Edible Boston magazine, Fox News Online, Babble, and Huffington Post. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and two children.
Aw, you’re so cute. Wish you had someone to share with!
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Grew up watching thus show. I’m on bed rest right now, and I have watched nothing else except little house. I love it so much.
I am a big “Little House” fan, and I tried this recipe tonight. Alas, I am not a fan. The flavor just wasn’t my thing. The supermarket was out of chicken breasts, so I used breast tenders instead. I tried to adjust the cooking time, but the chicken came out too dry and the marinade was too strong. It kind of tasted too hot & spicy, and no, I didn’t use cayenne instead of cinnamon, haha! Oh well, thanks for giving me something new to try, and for bringing back memories of a favorite show!
Didn’t you use tablespoons instead of teaspoons? 😉
I’ve watched little house, so much ,as I get ready for work at 9 pm I watch little house, I take my hot bath in the morning, when I get home from work no later than 12 pm, when I was young my sister and I would promise each other that one day we would go visit as much as we could of little house,,well today I’m 56 years old and still waiting, one day still want to go, if I had the means and time yes I’d love it,I told my sister recently when will we go, she just laughed at me, but it’s ok because I’ll continue to watch little house, and I really don’t eat chicken, but that lemon chicken and cinnamon chicken sounds great I’m going to attempt to make it.
I’d like to thank all the characters of little house for always bringing up my day every day every night, thank you, God bless you all,
I do not think I would like this cinnamon chicken recipe, it takes too long to prepare. I do like lemon chicken. Thank you anyway for sharing the recipe.
Little House was and still is my favorite all time favorite tv shows of all time I still watch it daily from 8am till 3pm
I have seen this and it actually looks pretty interesting ! Almost like an aesthetic dish from the show 🙂 I think I could try making this for my love and it’s also from my favorite show after all ^ u ^ plus , Season 6 is where my favorite episodes because I like Laura and Almanzo.
I was named after this show and growing up I became obsessed with it and real pioneer life so when we moved from Alabama to Minnesota it was a dream come true I got to go to Walnut Grove and see the real dug out location I was fan girling
this is the first episode of little house i’ve seen!! would love to try your cinnamon chicken recipe but without the cayenne ha ha!!
A big fan of this show since I was in middle school
Watched Little House during the stay at home order. Decided to have a finale weekend and I wanted to make cinnamon chicken. This recipe is delicious. The chicken was so juicy and full of flavor!
I made this tonight and it was really great my honey ate 2 large breasts. I marinated it for about 18 hours I didn’t have any apple cider so I used a hard cider it was a bit of a dry hard cider so I added a bit of extra honey to make up for it we are also garlic lovers so I doubled the garlic but other than those changes I followed the recipe exactly and it was fantastic ????
I’m watching little house on the prairie right now I love this show, I’m on Season 5 episode Faith Healer. I enjoy watching them. I have all seasons but number 9. I can’t wait to get season 9.
That was absolutely terrible, did it exact and I am also a chef bland,no flavor and all you taste is the apple cider. It needs more spices and seasonings. I am gonna make a new recipe called the mister Edwards. Fire Jack honey jack garlic and hard cider salt pepper and a pinch of chilli pepper
Did you use fresh ground pepper?
And reduce the marinade down to a cup and pour it over the chicken before you baked it after searing each side?
Just asking cause I have a great pallet and have cooked for years and mine turned out great!!
Juicy tender and lots of flavor.
I grew up in a lot cabin my dad built, and àlways identified with Laura. I read all the books, and years ago, my mother found me the Little house on the prairie cookbook. I regularly rewatch the series . I find the escape helps me deal with having to live in the world we are in today.
I just watched this episode today. This was my favorite show growing up
I am watching this episode now also while staying home to stay safe. Rita in Pasadena.
I’m watching this episode now and has no clue this was a real dish. I can’t wait to try it out… love this show!!
Just saw the show with the Cinnamon Chicken recipe..got it copied and am going to try tomorrow..wish me luck guys..!
How did your cinnamon chicken come out ? I would love to make it
Wow I didn’t know this was a real dish. I love LHOTP. I always have! Did you know Ms. Plum is Michael Landon’s daughter! How cool is that. My favorite episode is the one where Nellie gets the restaurant as her graduation gift.
Did you know that Melissa Gilbert’s (Laura’s) brother is the one that played Willie?
This is my today’s Christmas dish. Alongside with baked beans.
Watching the episode now! Nellie is screaming at the top of her lungs and Laura is hiding in the corner laughing!????
I may try the (Cinnamon Chicken), it sounds like it’s a tasty recipe! I’m from Louisiana, my family likes a little kick of spice in their meal. So when I make the Cinnamon Chicken, I just might put a (Pinch or Dash-but not much at all, of Cayenne pepper in it, bc that was in the actual recipe, from the show. Also to see how it actually turns out, “for the fun of it”! ????! Still I think my family will Love it!!!
Did you make? And did you add the cayenne pepper to it?
Hi. I made this recipe a couple of years ago. My mother and I found it delicious. I’m sure I put in the cayenne, but don’t remember if it was too spicy. Of course, I like spicy foods. I would recommend it for those who enjoy unusual recipes. Good luck!
Sounds good! Where is this cookbook available? Cost?
Hi Cathy – Here is the link to the Little House cookbook: https://littlehouseontheprairie.com/the-little-house-cookbook-review/
Have to confess, I grew up, having a crush on Michael Landon. He was after all a beautiful, kind, much loved by those that knew him man. Recently started watching reruns of “Little House”. Loved the “Cinnamon Chicken” episode, and thought it was funny that Almanzo said he in the “ Goodbye Mrs Wider” episode he liked it better than the “aspic” chicken, I have honestly never tried Aspic Chicken, but after looking up the recipe, it sounds really yucky. I was amused to find out there were actual recipes for Cinnamon Chicken. I don’t really like cinnamon, but may just have to try it,
I so much enjoy Little House on the Prairie.. Love the Cinnamon Chicken episode..Had to find out if there really is such a recipe? After reading the ingredients, it really sounds delicious ????. Minus the caynine..lol..
I’ve always enjoyed Little House on the Prairie series..Also laughed about the Cinnamon Chicken episode..The one that brought tears to my eyes was the episode of the elderly widow planning her own wake..Laura was telling another girl that her mother could make the best, Pie Crust Cookies..My grandmothers make them for us and it wasn’t just scraps from making a pie. They were nice big cookies…
I love Little House on the Prairie ! I wouldn’t have minded living on Walnut Grove .When I feel an anxiety attack coming on , I watch Little House on the Prairie .It helps . One of my favorite episodes is when the Olson’s separate over the eggs .
Watching this episode right now
Funny, I’m watching it now, haha!
Today is 2/17/2020 I am watching this episode on up/tv I was curious to find out about Cinnamon Chicken.
Watching almanzo and nellie eating Laura’s famous cinnamon chicken. Which it was cayenne chicken. Lol
The cayenne chicken episode is on Cozi TV now. I looked up the recipe and saw this site and your post. I think I’ll try the recipe.
I am too, right now! It’s probably the 10th or more time I’ve watched it.
Oh my gosh! Me too! When I get stressed, sad, or anxious, I turn on Little House On The Prairie! Makes me feel so much better!
That’s what I do too!!
Aaaaahhhhh if only we could fix societies problems and family squabbles and children’s disobedience like they do on the show…… Love the love ????
Funny, I feel the same way, especially with all we have endured in 2020 so far! Take me back to simpler times…so have always been curious about Almanzo’s favorite, cinnamon chicken! Sounded great, so looked up LHOTP Cinnamon Chicken and there you were! Thank you!
I do too! So funny……I also have anxiety attacks, and feel overwhelmed and stressed. Especially right now when the country seems to be falling apart and COVID-19, social distancing etc. My youngest daughter is 10 and still loves it so we always watch it together. Immediately feel relaxed!
Me too! Little House is the best show ever made. I feel like I’ve met the characters myself!
Can you make this in a casserole dish with a lid??
Are these episodes still airing on tv or cable If not where can I buy the complete set? thanks Janice Carver
Hi Janice –
You can purchase the box set on Amazon. Here is a link: https://amzn.to/2X7ICML
I have been a fan of LHOTP for my entire life. Often, when I am feeling “unsettled” I pop in one of the dvds and by the time the intro is over, my mood has INSTANTLY switched. I like to listen to it while I do chores. I don’t need to actually watch it anymore because I have seen them so much, I can totally picture everything! Anyway, I too am going to the store to get everything I need to make this chicken! Thanks!
I’m so glad you’re trying it out! Be sure to let us know how it turns out.
I love little house on the prairie. I have watched it since I was a little girl. I’m watching it as we speak. I just turned 50 on the 24th of this month and I never get tired of it. And guess what the episode is `cinnamon chicken `
Happy birthday cynthia
Hope you have a fun day.
I and my oldest daughter who is now 42 have watched Little House forever. She and my granddaughter watch it now, so do I at 66, and my husband loves it……2 episodes back to back 5 nights a week. I just saw this episode and wanted to try to find a recipe for cinnamon chicken. So I went on the internet and low and behold found your website and signed up. Guess what, I’m making the chicken tonight. Looking forward to your future posts. Thank you !!
Little house on the prairie is a great show indeed, I didn’t know that there were was an actual cook book with all of the recipes from their, I didn’t even remember about the cinnamon chicken episode, I guess I haven’t seen the show for a long time.
Was I was reading the stories alot of people kept saying that Laura used chili powder actually hey are in correct the spice she used was Ceyanne pepper
When my husband and I were first married I wanted to make him a special supper. I asked my mom how to fry chicken. She said fry it til it’s golden brown. I was in a hurry so I turned up the heat and got it beautifully golden brown. When my husband cut into it, it was raw on the inside. I was 15and didn’t know a lot about cooking then. We’ve been married 35 years and he still hasn’t let me forget that. Ha ha. I’m a much better cook now.
I once tried to make a flan. I wanted to make it in the copper fish mold. You know, the kind for making a tuna or lobster mousse. This way I could say it was a “fish flan.” I had never made a flan but had just been to a party where snobby friends had served a very ordinary one. Well, I wanted to out do them. Oh I was so ridiculous. It got stuck. It wouldn’t come free of the mold and ended up going down the garbage disposal. It was actually funny because my best friend kept trying to piece it together on a dish. Thank you for the recipe and I cant wait to try to make it. And it was great reading all the responses. You all are great.
Raw Chicken that has marinated , that marinade can be used to pour over chicken? What about salmonella from doing that?
In the directions you’ll see the following instructions: “Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and boil until it reduces to 1 cup. This should take between 10 and 15 minutes.” for this very reason. Boiling would kill off any unpleasant microscopic critters (just like baking the chicken does the same to the raw meat) as well as reduce the marinade into a slightly thicker sauce without wasting it.
You cook the marinade on the stove to reduce it down and then pour it over the chicken and cook in the oven for 30-50 minutes so no bacteria will survive that.
When I first read the books I was a little girl but when I read them again I decided to try the cinnamon chicken. Only I thought all they made back then was fried chicken so I put cinnamon in the batter and it turned out great and now people love my fried chicken but they don’t know I got the idea off of Laura Ingalls and they don’t know my secret ingredient!
My first attempt to make m&m cookies I miss read the teaspoons for tablespoons with the salt.
The salt ate the right threw the candy coating of the m&m’s. It all had to be thrown out.
I don’t put salt in my m&m cookies I leave it out and they taste great.
To many people put salt in things that’s why people have high blood pressure . I always omit salt.
I leave salt out of everything. No one knows. And the meals turn out great.
fyi, salt is bad for you kidneys.
You really need some salt for that savory quality. I made pie crust omitting the salt once, and it lacked a lot of flavor.
I love, love, love Little House on the Prairie!!!!’ Till this day, It gives me such comfort to watch the shows.
I am so thrilled there are still fans out there! I am an uber fan for sure we watch Little House 5 days a week. I have good childhood memories watching it,and I think my daughter has picked up on the good life lessons on the show. I from southern Cal and will definitely go visit Big Sky Ranch where it was filmed. I think it all burned up in one of Cali’s wildfires. If I ever hit it big I want to rebuild it seriously I would!
Hello: How could they marinade this Chicken when they did not have a frig? or oven to bake in. Just a fire place? Did this come later when they did get a stove?
Rose – The Cinnamon Chicken recipe is not one of the traditional recipes found in the book but was featured in the show. This recipe is just a fun way to try something from the show for yourself. Just don’t mix up the cinnamon with chilli powder! 🙂
I’m going to make it and add half tsp. Cayenne just for the heck of it?
Helen Let me know how it comes out
Sweetie, they had a place built in the fireplace, that was a good size area to fit baking dishes to a turkey size it was closed off with a steel door. It had a small rectangular shape cut out in the stones for the heat to heat up that area and that’s how they baked bread and cakes and a turkey,etc. They did this till the mid 1860’s when Majestic came out with a full cooking stove with an oven area. Cool huh? Research it and see just how they had to do alot compared to our easy way of today. Have a blessed day.
In this episode, Ms. Wilder was all ready a teenager. Mrs. Ingalls was working in Nellie Olsen’s restaurant, which was quite modern for the time period. They had an icebox, as well as working stove/oven.
There is still a Nellies restaurant in Walnut Grove to this day. I saw it on google maps.
They had what they called ice boxes ?
I wonder how they did it to make ice and keep it cold wired
They had ice boxes !!
Thanks for the movies all of the ins and outs of learning to cook. Little house had so many life lessons used over and over again we cannot thank the publishers enough for allowing us to tag along. Thanks again for the memories.
When I was a young girl (about 12 years old), I came home to a note that my parents left stating that I was to start supper and that we had company coming. Usually, I peeled the potatoes so I peeled an entire 25 pound bag of potatoes and my Aunt was the only guest. Also, to surprise them all, I made a blueberry pie. After all, how hard could it be. I had watched my mother make plenty of them. The pie looked delicious but when my father tasted it ( he was first), he discovered that I had put in salt instead of sugar. My Aunt pretended she liked it anyway. She was great about it.
This story reminds me of one my mom tells. When they were little her sister/my aunt made a apple pie for the company they had coming over. She thought she was using butter when in fact it was garlic butter! Their Grandma pretended to like it too, as that was the polite thing to do. No one else could manage to eat their piece.
If someone from a Jewish family messed up a recipe, they would let know it to your face.
When I was 14 I made my first apple pie from scratch I had a recipe it called for a quarter teaspoon or tablespoon can’t remember ur I put a quarter cup of salt. It looked delicious even smelled good took one bite all you could taste was salt.. To this day my mom and step dad give me a hard time and we laugh about it..
I made blueberry bread once and forgot the baking power…they both came out very flat and awful, had to throw both away. Another time I made a huge turkey and the whole pan dropped in the oven when I was trying to get it out…(pan and all dropped)…well, a huge FIREBALL came flaming out of the oven!! Scared me badly and I think burned the hair off my arms!! LOL
Thank you for this. I had tried to find a recipe years ago as Little House has been my favorite show since I was a kid. Happily, my daughter loves it as much as I do and I was reminded again of the existence of something called Cinnamon Chicken as that episode is currently playing. This recipe looks so good I wish I had saved my shopping for another day. It’s definitely going on the menu next week though.
Remember the “stripe it rich” cakes that used to be popular? Make a cake, poke holes in it with the end of a wooden spoon, pour instant pudding over the top . . . well, my friend & I decided to make one when we were teenagers. We made a grocery list for her mom, but we neglected to specify “instant” pudding. We mixed up the regular pudding as if it were instant and poured it over the top. It soaked in and made the whole cake soggy. Nobody, including the cats, would eat it! My friend’s younger brother teased us for years about that cake!
Its supposed to be jello not pudding my aunt made it
You could use jello or pudding
When I was a kid my aunt decided to make her very first from scratch pie. It was to be a lemon meringue It looked so good, but tasted really bland. Auntie Lorraine was so embarrassed, she forgot to put the lemon..
I made a honey mustard casserole with cubed chicken and I was supposed to add 21/2 teaspoons of honey mustard to the casserole, the casserole was dry and I should have added water to it to moisten it up but I kept adding honey mustard to the casserole and by the time I was done I added 21/2 jars of honey mustard, it was horrible, my parents didn’t allow me to cook for quite a while, of course now I realized my recipe error and am a much better cook 😀
I want to try this recipe! It sounds yummy. I botched spaghetti sauce once, and my husband won’t let me forget it. I was trying to think of a way to spice it up, and the bottle of pickling spice said it could be used in spaghetti sauce. It wasn’t a good choice!
you need to go on metv, i love this show.
Is there a printable version of this recipe? I’d like to save it.
Yes absolutely! If you look at the top of each post there are several share button options. The fifth icon is a Printer icon and if you click it you’ll have a new window open up with a printer-friendly version of the recipe to print out. It allows you to click and remove the elements you don’t want to print while saving the parts you DO want to print to save on ink. Thanks for asking!
I’m curious about this being the original recipe because Laura was dusting the chicken with “cinnamon” right before placing it in the oven. That isn’t done in this recipe. And how would sprinkling a little actual cinnamon on top affect this recipe?
I wonder if this recipe would work in a crockpot. Has anyone tried it?
I’m from Germany and found this great site plus this amazing recipe…hope i understand all and can try to cook it…
love all about the pioneer time…still have to learn more about cooking at this time… 😉
i cannot believe this recipe is real 🙂 that made my day! i love that episode!
Yes I want I try this sounds so delicious!
I wonder if using apple cider vinegar would work better than pure apple cider?
I can’t wait to try this recipe but I don’t believe it’s the original one. Some of these ingredients (like lemon juice) would of been very difficult to find in Dakota Territory.
I have always been curious about Cinnamon Chicken after watching that great episode of Little House. I tried this recipe today and I ended up being pleasantly surprised by the results. The merinade smelled kinda funny, so I was a bit concerned but kept telling myself that the end product was going to be much different because I knew from the ingredients it would carmelize while cooking. And while it was cooking I was a bit worried because it smelled like chicken plus cinnamon roll. Then, I tasted it. I was shocked to find that it had a bit of a kick to it, plus the sweet, caramelized, cinnamon goodness. The ingredients blended into a fabulously simple, yet complex flavor. I love this recipe as much as I love the cinnamon chicken episode of Little House!
I would love to try this, but I live alone and I don’t eat much. Let me know how it turns out everyone.
If you wanted to freeze them in the marinade you could. Pour the marinade mixture over the chicken and then set some in the fridge to soak overnight (as much as you would cook and eat) but freeze the rest in single-serving-sized portions. Then just thaw and cook a week or two later when you’re ready to eat it again! I do this a lot when I double recipes so I can freeze some for later.
I live alone, as well, but I’m definitely going to try this delicious recipe.
You go girl!
I have to be the biggest fan of this show…I can’t wait to try this recipe and I wonder what her bread recipe was… hmmmm.
Laura used cayenne pepper, not just pepper in the episode. Just saying. Thanks for the recipe.
She used cayenne instead of cinnamon to make the dish taste bad since Nellie lied about making the chicken herself
I am so going to try this… I have always wanted to know what cinnamon chicken tasted like ever since I first seen it on Little House when I was little
I love the Little House on the Prairie show. I still enjoy watching it. I am going to try this recipe. Juli Fleenor
I’m definately trying this one since it’s the actual recipe. I tried making it just by seasoning with salt pepper and cinnamon.
Love the show
I am going to try this recipe
I love this show and big fan of Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert.