Our recipe specialists infuse bone-in chicken breasts with fall flavor by topping them with a crimson-colored cranberry sauce. The meat turns out moist and tender.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1-1/4 cups whiskey, divided
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 6 bone-in chicken breast halves
- In a small saucepan, combine cranberries and 1/4 cup whiskey. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is evaporated. Transfer to a blender. Cover and process until blended. Place in a small bowl; stir in the butter, 2 teaspoons thyme, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- In the same saucepan, combine the cranberry juice, brown sugar and remaining whiskey. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to about 1/3 cup. Stir in remaining thyme.
- With fingers, carefully loosen skin from each chicken breast; rub butter mixture under the skin. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until juices run clear, basting occasionally with cranberry mixture.