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Cranberry Chicken and Wild Rice

Tender chicken is baked in a sweet-tart cranberry sauce for this elegant entree. This chicken is delicious, and it’s so easy to prepare and I love that I can do other things while it bakes. —Evelyn Lewis, Independence, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1-1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 package (6.2 ounces) fast-cooking long grain and wild rice mix
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place chicken in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. In a bowl, mix hot water, rice mix and contents of seasoning packet; pour around chicken.
  • In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients; pour over chicken. Bake, covered, until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, 35-45 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 1/2 cup rice mixture: 332 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 592mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • Matthew
    Jan 3, 2020

    Made just as listed except used 1 cup of water based on other comments. I also forgot to cover it but think it turned out well. The rice was perfect and the chicken was just right. Next time will use 1/2 the amount of cranberry topping and sub sesame oil instead of Worcestershire. Might even try with pork chops. Definitely going in the rotation.

  • Lara
    Apr 18, 2018

    A few tweaks made this awesome. Skin on thighs, braised first. Added kale and broccoli and precooked the rice. Also put zested lemon on the chicken and substituted seseme oil for the Worcester. Perfect.

  • cynandtom
    Dec 21, 2017

    It was fine, we didn’t love it. However, it did make for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Maybe it was just not our cup of tea.

  • fendel
    Jan 3, 2015

    Just not great. My suggestions for improvement: (1) cut back on water to 1 cup; (2) use chicken breasts with skin for more flavor; (3) brown chicken first.

  • jgeiger1
    Jan 30, 2014

    Made this tonight. It was pretty good. I rated it about a B/B-. Didn't knock our socks off which is what I was going for. The search for the perfect chicken recipe will go on.

  • tramar
    Jan 13, 2013

    I actually prepared this recipe in my slow cooker using bone-in chicken breasts with the skins removed. I prepared the sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker and placed the chicken breasts atop. I seasoned the chicken breasts with lemon pepper seasoning for more flavor and made the wild rice mix separately as a side dish.Flavorful & Easy. A nice "fix it and forget it" meal.

  • NatchezCarib
    Jan 26, 2012

    My goodness how fabulous this recipe is... a huge surprise of flavors! I was just looking thru the frig and pantry trying to figure out what to fix for dinner and had 3 ingredients rice chicken cranberry... and wondered what could be made with this... voila this recipe! I did take heed to the mushy comments on the rice and made the rice separately - didn't want to chance it being soupy and glad I did. The best ever. I used side dish of french cut green beans and tomatoes. Perfect!

  • bjsilve0
    Sep 20, 2011

    Excellent and I am usually not a fan of rice. The ONLY reason that I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 star is because it was not an all time favorite BUT we loved it and would make it again in a heart beat.  I agree that the rice was soupy but it was surprisingly not mushy.  Next time I will either try less water or uncover it the last 10 min.

  • dsm
    Mar 11, 2011

    We're visiting our daughter and family, and this is what she prepared for dinner --- wonderful!! I will definitely be making this soon myself. She prepared according to recipe with no problems except slightly longer baking time.

  • pasfrk
    Oct 16, 2010

    Tasted great. For some reason my rice stayed very soupy and did not dry up. It did cook, but even after 55 mins in oven and another 15 mins in microwave, it was still very soupy. Will probably cook rice separate next time and then add to chicken and cranberry mix.