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Garlic Cranberry Chicken

 Garlic Cranberry Chicken
Healthy cranberries add a burst of sweetness to this savory, garlicy chicken dish. —Lesley Pew, Lynn, Massachusetts
6 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 70 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

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Garlic Cranberry Chicken (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Place over vegetable mixture.
  • 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.
  • For sauce, place cranberries in a small bowl; add boiling water. Let
  • stand for 3 minutes; drain and discard liquid. Set berries aside.
  • 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.
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.
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