Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Cranberries prepped and cooked in ONE PAN! Yes, your holiday table is complete. This Paleo Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken is a simple yet healthy dinner. A sweet tangy marinade makes this roasted chicken extra juicy and extra crispy. One of our go to meals for meal prep too! Oh and because we prefer chicken over turkey any day. Shh… don’t tell anyone our Thanksgiving Faux Pas!
And it’s November! Bring on the Turkey, Cranberry, and Stuffing. Actually, this Paleo One Pan Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken dish is not quite the traditional Thanksgiving food but I have a story to go with that. As always.
So remember when I posted this one pot honey orange roasted chicken recipe last November? Yes, that deliciousness. Well, that recipe creation was due the “Thanksgiving PURGE of 2014.” LOL! Purge as in…. my husband got SO SICK off of turkey, like food poisoning sick, that he banned turkey from his diet indefinitely. Although, I have snuck in a few turkey recipes here and there. Shhh… don’t tell him. To be brutally honest, we aren’t big fans of roasted turkey anyway. But balsamic roasted chicken? HECK TO THE YEA! Ground turkey in chili is one of my turkey exceptions —> BRING IT ON! You betcha!
Turkey lovers, don’t hate me. I will for SURE being posting gluten free Turkey recipes, but as for now, we’re gonna give those CHICKEN dishes some more love.
Ahhh…. it’s just so dangerously delicious!
I know what you’re thinking. Dude, it’s just chicken. What’s so EPIC about one pan Balsamic Roasted Chicken? Besides the fact that it’s not Turkey. Haha!
Well, for one, you LEAVE the skin on. Two, you marinade each thigh in a cranberry balsamic sauce. That sauce is key for that ONE PAN flavor ya’ll!
And three, you add EXTRA cranberries (fresh or frozen) to your pan before roasting. Hey, when life hands you a bowl of
cherries cranberries, you make ALL THE THINGS with cranberries. Including a tangy marinade. YUP!
The outcome? Tart and tangy crispy juicy Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken. A.k.a One pan of DANGEROUSLY DELICIOUSNESS ! See, now you know why this roasted chicken gets high fives in the Cotter household.
Just a few minor (yet uber important) details you need to know. The nerdy nutrition and cooking kind. Can you hang? Yes, yes you can! Stay put!
- If you are looking for a lighter balsamic chicken, you can most definitely use skinless chicken breast but the roasting time will be quicker. It won’t be nearly as juicy, but still delicious.
- WHY the keeping the SKIN on when roasting rocks! As mentioned above, you can use skinless chicken, but ya’ll… THE SKIN is where the nutrients are and what makes this Paleo Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken SUPER crispy. The skin contains a good source of heart healthy unsaturated fat. Which is good for those watching their cholesterol! Plus it’s rich in vitamin K! A vitamin we often overlook.
- Cranberries! They are in season and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. I ADORE cranberries (like in smoothies) and you’re gonna see a lot more cranberry recipes to come. Sweet and Savory! But let’s talk about using cranberries in a marinade. Oh heavens yes! It’s a natural sweetener, rich in Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants. Plus cranberries are unique in that they have the ability to provide us with digestive support. TRULY! One of the worlds healthiest foods!
Let’s conclude. This paleo Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken contains healthy unsaturated fats, naturally sweetened, super juice, extra crispy, easy to make in one pan, and is loaded with extra roasted cranberries to support your immune system and digestive system (excuse the run on sentence please) Anyway, think of this dish as detox without the detox! Haha. You know I hate that word. Either way, this chicken is….. Um —> EPICNESS!
Nutrition per 4oz – 5oz chicken
That’s what I can a ONE PAN WONDER dish!
Bonus points for making roasted chicken look colorful too, right? Haha
I don’t know about you, but I’m all about adding this dish to the Holiday table. Or any time for that matter.
In all seriousness, a roasted chicken is a great addition to your Holiday table. Turkey too. 😉 I won’t discriminate.
Roasted turkey or Roasted chicken? Gimme your input!
And Happy NOVEMBER!