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Fruity Cranberry Chicken Recipe

Fruity Cranberry Chicken Recipe

Cooking with cranberries is a happy habit for Sandy Brooks of Tacoma, Washington. "I like to include them because the fruit is filled with vitamin C - and because my husband and son love the flavor," she smiles. "This chicken recipe is the one they request the most."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (about 3-1/2 pounds), quartered and skin removed
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Hot cooked noodles


  • 1. In a slow cooker, combine the first five ingredients; top with chicken. Pour orange juice over chicken and sprinkle with orange peel. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat juices run clear. Remove chicken; debone and cut up the meat. Set aside and keep warm. Combine butter and flour until smooth; add to slow cooker. Cook on high until thickened, about 20 minutes. Stir in chicken and brown sugar; heat through. Serve over noodles. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 403 calories, 22g fat (8g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 345mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 33g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"This was ok. I only used 1 Tbsp. flour, and it still thickened nicely. And I only used about 1 tsp. brown sugar because the dish was already so sweet from the o.j. The cranberries were mush by the end of the cooking time; it did not look like the picture. I think it would be better with boneless chicken, a shorter cooking time, and less sugar and/or some vinegar to counter the sweetness."

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"We found the dish dissapointing. It did not have enough cranberry flavor."

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"very good, I think I will add some chopped apples in it next time"

Kris Countryman
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2008

"I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I just cut them into chunks before I put them in the slow cooker. I was very easy."

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