Fruity Cranberry Chicken Recipe
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Fruity Cranberry Chicken Recipe

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Cooking with cranberries is a happy habit for Sandy Brooks of Tacoma, Washington. "I like to include them because the fruit is filled with vitamin C - and because my husband and son love the flavor," she smiles. "This chicken recipe is the one they request the most."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (about 3-1/2 pounds), quartered and skin removed
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Hot cooked noodles

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 403 calories, 22g fat (8g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 345mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 33g protein .


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first five ingredients; top with chicken. Pour orange juice over chicken and sprinkle with orange peel. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken juices run clear.
  2. Remove chicken. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard bones. Cut meat into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  3. Combine butter and flour until smooth; stir into slow cooker. Cook on high until thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in chicken and brown sugar; heat through. Serve with noodles. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Chicken in Country Woman September/October 1998, p40

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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queenzookie 68665
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"This was ok. I only used 1 Tbsp. flour, and it still thickened nicely. And I only used about 1 tsp. brown sugar because the dish was already so sweet from the o.j. The cranberries were mush by the end of the cooking time; it did not look like the picture. I think it would be better with boneless chicken, a shorter cooking time, and less sugar and/or some vinegar to counter the sweetness."

Bratgal 53042
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"We found the dish dissapointing. It did not have enough cranberry flavor."

loveless 23394
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"very good, I think I will add some chopped apples in it next time"

Kris Countryman 47780
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2008

"I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I just cut them into chunks before I put them in the slow cooker. I was very easy."

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