Cranberry Chicken Recipes

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Chicken can be wonderful with the addition of fruit. This page contains recipes for cranberry chicken.


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I love chicken cooked with fruit. This is a recipe I came up with years ago when I was craving a savory, tangy, pretty dish for dinner.


  • 2 chicken breasts, skin removed
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • sugar to taste*
  • salt and pepper to taste

*You need a little to cut the sharpness of the cranberries, but can make this less sweet than if you used cranberry sauce. I don't add much sugar. The orange juice adds a little sweetening. Add a little, then taste. If it needs more when it is done, you can add it then.


Saute the onions and chicken in a little olive oil. When the chicken is nicely browned, add the remaining ingredients. Turn chicken so that it is breast side down. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a nice simmer and cover. Stir often. Cook until the chicken is done and the sauce thickened a little. This is very good served over rice.


Servings: 2
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 35 - 45 Minutes

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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January 20, 2012
This recipe is easy and it's great for company


  • 4 whole chicken breasts, cut in half
  • 1 bottle French dressing
  • 1 envelope onion soup
  • 1 can whole cranberries


Put chicken in a 9x13 inch dish. Mix the rest of the ingredients and pour on top of chicken. Refrigerate uncovered overnight. Bake 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Serve with rice

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

By Jane from Sherwood, OR

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Great for holiday potlucks.

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Mix together the cranberry sauce, soup mix, and Russian dressing. Pour over chicken breasts and marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 1 hour.

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November 10, 2010

Fast, easy, and delicious!


  • 2 lb. chicken breasts
  • 1 (8 oz.) bottle Russian dressing
  • 1 pkg. dry onion soup mix (generic is fine)
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  • 1 can whole cranberries (not jellied cranberries)


Trim chicken and pound to 1/2 inch thickness. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with non-stick spray; lay chicken in pan. Mix the other three ingredients and pour over the top of the chicken. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 45 minutes (until chicken is cooked). Really tasty and so easy! Enjoy!

Servings: 6-8
Time:5 Minutes Preparation Time
30-45 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: my former sister-in-law

By Pam T from Storm Lake, IA

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June 30, 2010

By Crystal Miller
  • 1 small onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, if frozen do not thaw
  • 2 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup fruit sweetened catsup
  • 2 Tbsp. Sucanat or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 tsp. cider vinegar

Place onion slices and cranberries in the bottom of your crockpot. Arrange chicken on top. In a small bowl mix together the catsup, Sucanat, dry mustard and vinegar. Pour this over the chicken. Cover and cook on low setting 6 to 7 hours or until the chicken is tender.


To serve, lift the chicken out and set on serving platter (you can cover it and keep it warm in your oven on a warm setting) and mix 1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch with 2 Tbsp. cold water. Turn the crock pot to HIGH and add mixture. Cover and cook this for about 15 minutes more or until the sauce thickens. Season to taste with salt and pour this over the chicken. This tastes good with brown rice pilaf and a spinach salad.

About The Author: Copyright: Crystal Miller, 2005

Crystal Miller ( is a mother of 8 children and enjoys her God given role as wife, homemaker and mother! She has a homemaking and country living web site called The Family Homestead and has a free monthly newsletter called Homestead Happenings. You will find sign up information on her website.

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