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Almond Cranberry Chicken

The Test Kitchen adds seasonal flair to everyday chicken with this flavorful sauce that showcases fresh cranberries. It's a snap to prepare on the stovetop. TIP: Round out the meal deliciously with side dishes of steamed broccoli and buttered couscous.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted


  • Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and cayenne; add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and turn to coat. In a large skillet, brown chicken in butter over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until juices run clear. Remove and keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, combine the cranberries, water, brown sugar, vinegar and orange zest. Bring to a boil; cook for 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Spoon over chicken; sprinkle with almonds.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 330 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • CurlyGirlCa
    Jan 1, 2014

    If you are lucky enough to be close to a Trader Joe's, I don't like fresh cranberries so I used half-cup of TJ's dried orange cranberries (because I didn't have orange peel) and half-cup regular dried cranberries and used the TJ Panko crumbs. The cranberry sauce was really good. I served it with the Near East Sesame/Ginger rice. A keeper recipe.

  • tophersmomma
    Aug 14, 2013

    My family loves this recipe. I make it a lot during the fall when you can get fresh cranberries.

  • shelbydonnel
    Jan 3, 2013

    We loved this recipe! Will totaly be making it again! I would give it five stars, but there are no stars on my rate it thing.

  • katlaydee3
    Jan 4, 2012

    This was really good. I served it with rice pilaf and green beans.

  • lurky27
    Dec 14, 2010

    OH SO GOOD! Great in the fall. Dish packs a lot of flavor!~ Theresa

  • Barry in London
    Nov 24, 2010

    This was very easy to make and was delicious.

  • 2GuysAndAGirl
    Aug 30, 2010

    Excellent! Even my kids eat it!!!

  • JessBella6
    Jul 31, 2010

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