Garlic Cranberry Chicken Recipe
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Garlic Cranberry Chicken Recipe

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Healthy cranberries add a burst of sweetness to this savory, garlicy chicken dish. —Lesley Pew, Lynn, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 70 min.
MAKES:6 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 70 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, cloves separated and peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-1/2 cups white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves (7 ounces each)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half (skin removed) with 1/4 cup sauce equals 224 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 86 mg cholesterol, 393 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 30 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch 1/2 fat.


  1. Place the onions, celery, carrots, cranberries, garlic and bay leaf in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Add wine or broth. Combine the salt, pepper and basil; sprinkle over chicken. Place over vegetable mixture.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 70-80 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Remove chicken; keep warm. Strain cooking liquid; discard vegetable mixture. Skim fat from liquid and set aside 1-1/3 cups.
  3. For sauce, place cranberries in a small bowl; add boiling water. Let stand for 3 minutes; drain and discard liquid. Set berries aside.
  4. In a nonstick saucepan coated with cooking spray, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually whisk in reserved cooking liquid. Bring to a boil; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened. Stir in half-and-half and reserved cranberries; heat through. Serve with chicken. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Garlic Cranberry Chicken in Healthy Cooking April/May 2008, p16

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"Flavors are good, but chicken comes out dry. Gravy is so-so."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2008

"I have made this dish for my wife and she loves it. We are having our niece and her husband over for supper next week and I plan to make this dish along with sweet potatoe wedges."

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