Cinnamon Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin-Sage Grits


Oven-cooked chicken recipes are perfect for fall, as are the ingredients in this cinnamon chicken recipe. For a simple side, try our four-ingredient pumpkin grits recipe.

Cinnamon Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin-Sage Grits
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
10 mins
Roast Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
28 mins


  • 4 4-6 ounce skinless boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ cup water

  • cup instant grits (two 1-oz. packages)

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage

  • cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • Sage leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange chicken breast halves in 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Drizzle chicken with oil and sprinkle with 1 tsp. of the salt, the cinnamon, and black pepper. Rub the spices over all sides of the chicken. Roast in preheated oven 18 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink and juices run clear.

  2. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan bring water to boiling. Stir in grits until combined. Stir in pumpkin, sage, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, for 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in cheese.

  3. To serve, spoon grits onto dinner plates and top with chicken breast halves. Add sage leaves. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

253 Calories
8g Fat
14g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 253
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 1162mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 4.1mg 21%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 5.8mg 32%
Potassium 394mg 8%
Folate, total 36.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*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.

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