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Orange Cranberry Chicken

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This Orange Cranberry Chicken is full of fall flavors and will hit the spot on a cold evening. It’s seared to perfection and topped with a delicious orange cranberry sauce.

This time of the year I am all about seasonal flavors. This orange-cranberry chicken will hit the spot on a cold evening. I serve it with some sweet potatoes or this apple-butternut squash casserole.

Many people I know are anti-bone in chicken. That is fine! I would recommend using chicken thighs if you alter the recipe as they are much more flavorful than chicken breasts in my opinion. Let me know in the comments if you do this!

orange cranberry chicken on a black and white plate

Gather your ingredients to make Orange Cranberry Chicken:

  • olive oil
  • bone-in chicken breasts, with skin
  • fresh chopped sage
  • thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh or frozen cranberries
  • freshly squeezed orange juice
  • honey
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • cloves
  • nutmeg

Heat the oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium heat.

Season the chicken with sage, thyme, salt and black pepper, to taste.

Place seasoned chicken in hot skillet skin-side down and cook until browned, approximately 4-5 minutes, or until it releases easily from the bottom of the pan.

Turn the chicken and continue cooking another 4-5 minutes on the remaining side. 

While the chicken is browning, add the cranberries, orange juice, honey, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg to a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring it to a gentle boil.

Cook until the cranberries pop open and the sauce becomes slightly thickened, around 4-5 minutes.

Pour the orange-cranberry sauce over the browned chicken and transfer the skillet into the pre-heated oven.

Roast until the chicken is fully cooked through and the sauce is bubbly, around 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.*

Remove from oven and transfer chicken to a serving platter. Cover loosely and let rest for 5 minutes before serving topped with the warm orange-cranberry pan sauce and your choice of sides. Enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Chicken

Cranberry Orange Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Orange Cranberry Chicken is full of fall flavors and will hit the spot on a cold evening. It's seared to perfection and topped with a delicious orange cranberry sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs bone-in chicken breasts, with skin
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh chopped sage
  • 1 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 400°F
  2. Heat the oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
  3. Season the chicken with sage, and thyme. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  4. Place seasoned chicken in hot skillet skin-side down and cook until browned, approximately 4-5 minutes, or until it releases easily from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Turn the chicken and continue cooking another 4-5 minutes on the remaining side.
  6. While the chicken is browning, add the cranberries, orange juice, honey, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg to a small saucepan.
  7. Place over medium heat and bring it to a gentle boil. Cook until the cranberries pop open and the sauce becomes slightly thickened, around 4-5 minutes.
  8. Pour the orange-cranberry sauce over the browned chicken and transfer the skillet into the pre-heated oven.
  9. Roast until the chicken is fully cooked through and the sauce is bubbly, around 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.*
  10. Remove from oven and transfer chicken to a serving platter.
  11. Cover your cranberry orange chicken loosely and let rest for 5 minutes before serving topped with the warm orange-cranberry pan sauce and your choice of sides.

Notes

*Internal temperature will continue to rise to 165°F as it rests. 

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Ronald Gagnon

Wednesday 31st of October 2018

What a wonderful and unique recipe

Jamie

Tuesday 30th of October 2018

This looks amazing - what a great holiday meal idea!! Pinning to try for my family. :)