- 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
- 1 cup bottled barbecue sauce
- Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper; brown in a skillet in butter. Remove the chicken to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. In the drippings, saute onion and celery until tender. Add cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce; mix well. Pour over chicken. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/2 hours, basting every 15 minutes. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Full-Bodied White Wine
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Reviews for Easy Cranberry Chicken
"First you need t be aware that this turns out more like a BBQ chicken So if someone does not like cranberries it is ok. Just use jellied type cranberries and they will never know. This was a good base recipe. I really like that it did not use salad dressing. Those are far too sweet and lack depth in my opinion. As written this is still a bit too sweet for for my taste, BUT easily toned down while retaining sweetness.. I use an extra large or two medium yellow Spanish onion (not sweet) cut in medium sized slices & cut slices in half. . For BBQ I used a hickory Smoked., which I think is key. I added a pinch of garlic powder ,(appx 1/2 t.) and dried onion flakes (appx 1Tscant. )Plus a pinch garlic salt .Next time I may experiment with adding in 1T. Worcestershire The sweet and salty should work great... Even though I am only 1,person here, I still made The entire 3 pounds of chicken thighs. After it was done cooking, I cut the meat off the bone and sliced up all the chicken. And added chicken back into sauce. I had a few meals out of it and the rest is in the freezer in portion sized bags.Also I forgot to base it. But the onions added extra moisture.so it probably thinner than the original recipe. So I MIGHT need to whisk in a little cornstarch.I love having bags and of this in the freezer. Last night I just nuked a potato & served it with some broccoli. dinner was ready in 10 minutes. This will be in my favorite make ahead freezer meals.Buy the way a chain steakhouse does a dish similar to this but they top the chicken with cheddar and crumbled bacon.."
"I tried to give this recipe a 5 Star Rating when I left my review but it wouldn't let me. So I am back , This is a great recipe it taste great , looks great and is easy to make.I make it a least once a month."
"This was very good , easy to make, great tasting sauce. I served it with corn bread and green beans."
"Oh my goodness ...it was the best . Wanted to fix something different that I could make looking nice on the plate for my hard working babe. He loved it and all I heard was mmmmm,this gd mmmmm lol. Fixed it with rice and fresh veggies . All I changed was I used hickory BBQ sause instead normal . Just like it sweet ;)"
"Just wife & I, so I used 2 boneless/skinless half chicken breasts. Used 1 tbls each of butter and oil. The rest of the recipe I followed exactly...we like a lot of sauce. All my wife could say (while eating) was this is really good! We served over brown rice. This is a keeper!"
"This is a great recipe!! My family loved it.Here are a few things I differently that might help:-Add 2 tablespoons of Olive oil to the butter to keep from burning the butter-Line the pan with foil. This sauce is sticky and covering the chicken makes it very tender!!I think the next time I will put a cup of rice under the chicken then bake. I will comment on how it turns out.Hope my tips help!!"
"It was very easy to make. And it was niceand juicy. I used legs and thighs. Wouldmake it again. Everyone liked it."
"My whole family loves this recipe!I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts, baking for only 25 minutes, in place of the broiler with good results. Since I only made five breasts, I had more sauce than was needed so the excess is going into the freezer for next time."