Easy cranberry chicken

Easy Cranberry Chicken Recipe

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Cranberry Chicken is a delicious recipe that is so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you haven’t had this on your menu yet.

It is a great way to use up leftover cranberry after the holidays, or just bring a pop of flavor to otherwise ordinary chicken breasts.

Cranberry Chicken combines sweet and savory for a delicious meal everyone loves! This Easy Chicken Recipe is a perfect Crockpot Meal on busy days!

Easy Cranberry Chicken Recipe

While this is a stove top version of Cranberry Chicken, you can easily make it in your favorite slow cooker. I love using this Programmable Slow Cooker so I can make something like this and have it turn to warm when it is done cooking. That makes this meal, even easier to manage on busy days!

Another nice thing about this recipe is you can swap the chicken out for turkey, which makes it a great recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers!

Ingredients for Cranberry Chicken Recipe:

4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
1 can of cranberry sauce
1 small bag of frozen cranberries
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons honey
¾ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
salt & pepper to taste

As you can see, most of this is probably already in your pantry.  That makes it way easier to throw this together at the last minute if needed!


  • Heat canned cranberry sauce and frozen cranberries in large saucepan.
  • To thicken the cranberry sauce, combine cornstarch and water using a whisk to mix.
  • Add this mixture to the saucepan with the cranberry sauce.
  • Continue to whisk while cooking until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the honey, ginger, allspice, and cinnamon to the sauce, stir to mix well.
  • Salt and pepper the chicken. Set aside.
  • Add the olive oil to a skillet, allowing the olive oil to slowly heat up.
  • Add the chicken breast, browning on medium heat for 5-7 minutes, each side of the breast.
  • Spoon the cranberries and thickened sauce over the chicken breast allowing the sauce to cook into the meat.
  • Transfer the meat to a serving plate and spoon the remaining cranberries and sauce on top of the meat.

If using the Crockpot for this meal, simply combine the cranberry sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and pour over the top of chicken breasts in bottom of slow cooker.  Cook on high heat for 3 hours.

Serving Suggestions:
This makes 4 large portions, so you can easily split it into smaller portions and serve with a lot of veggies on the side.  We love having this meal with rice and some sauteed onions and apples for a sweet and savory mix.  You could also serve over potatoes, with your favorite steamed vegetable, or starch.
This cranberry chicken recipe is a perfect idea for a last-minute meal that everyone will enjoy. The cranberry sauce pairs well with chicken and provides a sweet compliment to the savory meal.

More Chicken Recipes:

Mediterranean Chicken Crockpot Recipe

Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Chinese Chicken Salad

Chicken Enchiladas

Cranberry Chicken combines sweet and savory for a delicious meal everyone loves! This Easy Chicken Recipe is a perfect Crockpot Meal on busy days!
Cranberry Chicken Recipe

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