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Ruby Chicken Recipe
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Ruby Chicken Recipe

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Treat a loved one to this tender chicken topped with plump cranberries and simmered in a spicy orange sauce. I got the recipe at a cranberry festival in Wisconsin. Even those who don't care for cranberries like this flavorful main dish. —Kathy Mead, Gwinn, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bone-in chicken breast halves (8 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/2 cup sauce equals 517 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 126 mg cholesterol, 448 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 41 g protein.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine flour and salt; add the chicken. Seal bag and toss to coat. In a nonstick skillet, brown chicken in butter.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Pour over chicken. Cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Ruby Chicken in Cooking for 2 Winter 2007, p27

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Apr. 13, 2015

"This is one of my automatic go-to recipes for impressing house guests - because it tastes SO WONDERFUL and is SO EASY to make! Try it, you won't be disappointed. I make a veggie for a side - like orange almond green beans, or oven-roasted asparagus."

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"This was so tasty and easy to make! Both my hubby and I loved it."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"I love this recipe. It is so tasty and so easy to make. Just right for an autumn evening."

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