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Ruby Chicken

Treat a loved one to this tender chicken topped with plump cranberries and simmered in a spicy orange sauce. I got the recipe at a cranberry festival in Wisconsin. Even those who don't care for cranberries like this flavorful main dish. —Kathy Mead, Gwinn, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bone-in chicken breast halves (8 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Add the chicken; turn to coat. In a nonstick skillet, brown chicken in butter.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Pour over chicken. Cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 517 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 448mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 41g protein.

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  • suefalk
    Mar 30, 2019

    All cranberry lovers, this recipe is for you! It's as good as I expected. This simple, yet delicious chicken recipe is going straight to my recipe box. Just a note, the cranberry sauce is equally delicious on pork. I tried it on a leftover boneless, pork chop - yum!

  • Glen
    Nov 11, 2017

    I'm delighted to find this recipe again! I first discovered it in a magazine back in the seventies and used to make it regularly. I wanted something a bit festive to serve friends at a pre Christmas lunch. I'm sure they'll love it. I once served it to someone who said he didn't like chicken, he said the 'duck' was delicious!!!

  • NikNwo11
    Apr 13, 2015

    This is one of my automatic go-to recipes for impressing house guests - because it tastes SO WONDERFUL and is SO EASY to make! Try it, you won't be disappointed. I make a veggie for a side - like orange almond green beans, or oven-roasted asparagus.

  • grama8
    Feb 11, 2013

    This was so tasty and easy to make! Both my hubby and I loved it.

  • mayge
    Oct 26, 2010

    I love this recipe. It is so tasty and so easy to make. Just right for an autumn evening.