Easy Cranberry Chicken – Moist and tender baked chicken in a tangy cranberry sauce. Great, comforting dinner on busy nights.
Thanksgiving is over, and it is time to get back to real life. At least for a couple weeks before Christmas comes into play. We traveled over Thanksgiving, so we are back home and getting back into the swing of things again. It was nice to take a week and visit our family and just unplug for a few days. That should happen more often!
Back to reality means back to cooking dinners, having practices every night, and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. One pot dinners are key this time of year. And this cranberry chicken is exactly what busy days call for. Plus you probably have cranberry sauce in your fridge or pantry, so it s a great use for it!
My friend gave me this recipe a couple years ago. She said it is one of those recipes you love or hate, you just have to try it to know. The combination of ingredients sounds crazy together, but there is something about it that just works. Her sister started making it, and her family loved it. My friends house is divided, 2 love it, and 2 aren’t fans.
So I knew I had to try this Cranberry Chicken recipe and see what my family thought. I was prepared to not like it, but I actually really liked it. The sauce is tangy and the chicken is super moist. My son was also a fan. My husband not so much. But honestly, when you can please 66% of the family with dinner, that is kind of a win.
This chicken marinates in the sauce all day long, so you can get it prepped before you go to work, and then just pop it in the oven when you get home. Mushroom Rice Pilaf would make a great side dish. Or you could try Italian Cheese Pull Apart Bread so you know everyone will have something they love on the table 🙂
You have to try this cranberry chicken, don’t judge by the list of ingredients. Trust me, they work. So I want to hear, what does your family think? Do they love it, or hate it? If they don’t like it, tell them you will make Sheet Pan Chicken with Roasted Potatoes the next night!
- 6 4 oz chicken breasts
- 1 1/2 (1 ounce) packages dry onion soup mix
- 1 (16 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce ( I use the whole berry cranberry sauce)
- 1 cup French dressing
1) Place chicken in a glass or other non-reactive casserole dish.
2) In a mixing bowl, combine the soup mix, cranberry sauce and dressing. Pour over the chicken breasts. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours.
3) Cover loosely with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until done.