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Cranberry Chicken and Wild Rice Recipe

Cranberry Chicken and Wild Rice Recipe

Tender chicken is baked in a sweet-tart cranberry sauce for this elegant entree. “This chicken is delicious, and it’s so easy to prepare,” assures Evelyn Lewis of Independence, Missouri. “I love that I can do other things while it bakes.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1-1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 package (6.2 ounces) fast-cooking long grain and wild rice mix
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  • 1. Place the chicken in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine the water and rice mix with contents of seasoning packet. Pour around chicken.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, lemon juice, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce; pour over chicken. Cover and bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads, 170°. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/2 cup rice mixture and 1/4 cup sauce equals 332 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 592 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 26 g protein.

Reviews for Cranberry Chicken and Wild Rice

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"Just not great. My suggestions for improvement: (1) cut back on water to 1 cup; (2) use chicken breasts with skin for more flavor; (3) brown chicken first."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"Made this tonight. It was pretty good. I rated it about a B/B-. Didn't knock our socks off which is what I was going for. The search for the perfect chicken recipe will go on."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"I actually prepared this recipe in my slow cooker using bone-in chicken breasts with the skins removed. I prepared the sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker and placed the chicken breasts atop. I seasoned the chicken breasts with lemon pepper seasoning for more flavor and made the wild rice mix separately as a side dish.

Flavorful & Easy. A nice "fix it and forget it" meal."

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"My goodness how fabulous this recipe is... a huge surprise of flavors! I was just looking thru the frig and pantry trying to figure out what to fix for dinner and had 3 ingredients rice chicken cranberry... and wondered what could be made with this... voila this recipe! I did take heed to the mushy comments on the rice and made the rice separately - didn't want to chance it being soupy and glad I did. The best ever. I used side dish of french cut green beans and tomatoes. Perfect!"

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"Excellent and I am usually not a fan of rice. The ONLY reason that I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 star is because it was not an all time favorite BUT we loved it and would make it again in a heart beat.  I agree that the rice was soupy but it was surprisingly not mushy.  Next time I will either try less water or uncover it the last 10 min."

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2011

"We're visiting our daughter and family, and this is what she prepared for dinner --- wonderful!! I will definitely be making this soon myself. She prepared according to recipe with no problems except slightly longer baking time."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"Tasted great. For some reason my rice stayed very soupy and did not dry up. It did cook, but even after 55 mins in oven and another 15 mins in microwave, it was still very soupy. Will probably cook rice separate next time and then add to chicken and cranberry mix."

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"Chicken was very tender had had a nice flavor! I did have to substitute the long grain rice with another chicken rice package I had. As a result the rice was a bit mushy. Will try again with the suggested rice package. Keeper!"

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"I just had to look up this recipe, I lost my recipe card for this..I have been making this recipe for a very long time. I will sometimes substitute pork chops or boneless chicken thighs for the chicken breast. It has a lot of flavor and is a family staple recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"Yummy, yummy, yummy!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.