Back to Easy Cranberry Chicken

Print Options


Card Sizes

Easy Cranberry Chicken Recipe

Easy Cranberry Chicken Recipe

You don't have to wait until the fall to enjoy delicious cranberry flavor. By using a canned sauce, you can get the flavor no matter what time of year.—Kay Simpson, Hull, Quebec
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.

Nutritional Facts

12 ounce-weight: 425 calories, 19g fat (6g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 675mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.

Reviews for Easy Cranberry Chicken

Sort By :
amberjcarothers User ID: 4822390 11004
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"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."

amberjcarothers User ID: 4822390 201003
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"This was very good , easy to make, great tasting sauce. I served it with corn bread and green beans."

mydish4yana User ID: 6913221 18368
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"Oh my goodness 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 ;)"

jwfy User ID: 4335749 10990
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

"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!"

SonomaD User ID: 5725959 4272
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"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!!"

suzanne3030 User ID: 1615807 9689
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"It was very easy to make. And it was nice

and juicy. I used legs and thighs. Would
make it again. Everyone liked it."

karlyoh User ID: 1369764 7507
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"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."

ereichardt User ID: 1765407 11998
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"I made this for a dinner party and it was a big hit. My daughter said it's the best chicken she's ever had!"

Loading Image

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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