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Chicken with Cherry Sauce

This tender moist chicken bakes in a savory sauce that combines cherries with soy sauce, orange juice and ginger. It's sure to be a big hit at your house like it is at mine. -Linda Grubb, Poland, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    4-6 servings


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen pitted sweet cherries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • Set aside 3/4 cup cherries. In a blender, combine orange juice and remaining cherries; cover and process until smooth. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, lemon juice, garlic and ginger; set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, brown chicken on all sides in butter. Place chicken skin side down in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with cherry sauce.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes; turn chicken. Top with reserved cherries. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes longer or until chicken juices run clear.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 453 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 1364mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • Snowpuppy
    Jul 5, 2015

    I did a variation with canned cherry pie filling and added seasoned salt to brown a pork roast with. Cooked the pie filling with 1/4 C soy sauce, 1T Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 C brown sugar, 3 T lime juice, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp ginger, 1 large sweet onion and 2 T brown gravy mix. Slow-cooked for 6 hours.

  • twolfmom08
    Jul 9, 2013

    I made this to go over ham steak slices. I combined all of the ingredients in a saucepan on the stove & cooked it on simmer until the cherries were soft. It was excellent! Will definitely make it again.