Cranberry/Orange Chicken Recipe
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Cranberry/Orange Chicken Recipe

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Meet the Cook: My husband and I have a small bog. So I "experiment" with cranberry recipes every fall! I came across this one in a cookbook, then just changed around a few things to better suit our tastes. Cranberry/Orange Chicken is a nice New England dinner our entire family (we have two teenagers) enjoys. Sometimes, I'll make cranberry sauce, too, to top off a dessert of gingerbread. -Sharon Parsons, Killingworth, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:4-6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (about 3 pounds), cut up
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups whole fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Red food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 pieces) equals 622 calories, 22 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 108 mg cholesterol, 203 mg sodium, 77 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein.


  1. Combine the flour and salt and place in a plastic bag. Shake chicken, a few pieces at a time, in flour mixture. Melt butter in a large skillet; brown chicken on all sides.
  2. In a saucepan, combine remaining ingredients except food coloring; bring to a boil. Pour over chicken; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until a thermometer reads 180°. Remove chicken to a warm platter.
  3. Bring sauce to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened. Add a few drops red food coloring if desired. Serve with chicken. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry/Orange Chicken in Country Woman September/October 1992, p29

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"This is a family favorite. They would eat it every week."

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