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Blackberry Chicken Recipe

Blackberry Chicken Recipe

My family loves this chicken dish in summer and winter. We all go blackberry picking together, and I freeze some of the berries left over from our jams and pies so we can enjoy this chicken all year long. —Laura Van Ness, Clearlake Oaks, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup fresh blackberries, divided
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  • 1. In a small bowl, mash 2 tablespoons berries. Add 1/4 cup broth, brown sugar, vinegar, oil, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon paprika and cumin.
  • 2. Place chicken in an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; pour broth mixture over the top. Sprinkle with thyme, salt, pepper and remaining paprika.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170°, basting occasionally with pan juices. Remove chicken and keep warm.
  • 4. Skim fat from pan drippings. In a small saucepan, combine cornstarch and remaining broth until smooth. Gradually stir in drippings. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with chicken; sprinkle with remaining blackberries. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 192 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

Reviews for Blackberry Chicken

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Lelba User ID: 7085060 137258
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"This was really good! Not something I would eat all the time, but as an occasional twist to chicken--it's great!"

MaikoEmi User ID: 4616610 87584
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

"Amazing! I made biscuits with this, and the sauce was one of the best dipping sauces of all time! I did use dried thyme, but then only about 1/4 of what was called for. I also used the spice mix to spice the chicken first, then poured over the sauce. IMO meat always needs to be spiced first. Absolutely going in the recipe book! Very festive."

Cwedde User ID: 6768028 157844
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"Looks like I'm the only one who didn't give it 5 stars. It was good but not exceptional in my opinion. I'd make it again but it's not going to be one of my go-to recipes."

lunaaprilove User ID: 6304373 207751
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012


shhourti User ID: 6116650 137256
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"I made this last night but substituted half of the blackberries with blueberries and it was wonderful. Definitely recommending this one to my friends."

SallyeNorris User ID: 4181079 76044
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2011

"Amazing! My entire family LOVES this recipe and looks forward to a hearty crop of blackberries so we can make this chicken all year long. The combination of flavors is delightful!"

paradisehill User ID: 5330417 161915
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"Awesome. Easy and wonderful! Don't hesitate to make this simple and flavorful dish"

lanagreenwell5 User ID: 2980380 138805
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"I love this recipe. I used chicken strips instead of breasts and doubled the recipe and use the sauce to pour over rice instead of the chicken. Since I double it, I don't have to baste."

Grateful homemaker5 User ID: 4447455 155195
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"I love this recipe and frequently use it to "wow" my guests! When blackberries are not in season here, I buy frozen berries and they taste just as good."

samuels User ID: 2197775 68491
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2009

"This is a tasty recipe. Dont make the sauce until the chicken is done and drizzle it over the chicken. Enjoy"

gonzo15 User ID: 4147164 157842
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2009

"I went 2 pick mulburries (blueberries), like I did when I was a kid.  I wanted a recipe 2 do dinnner with.  Well i found it and it was just WONDERFULlL I followed it 2 a "T" and wouldn't change a thing.  I even brought 2 work and it was a success.  Smile"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.