This cranberry chicken recipe makes an easy healthy meal for a holiday table. Tangy balsamic marinade keeps the chicken juicy, while cranberries and fresh thyme add flavor! It’s a great meal prep recipe or make ahead meal.
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! Bring on the turkey, cranberries, and stuffing salad. Actually, this cranberry chicken dinner is not quite the traditional Thanksgiving food, but I have a story to go with that. As always.
Several months ago, I shared my orange roasted chicken recipe. Well, that recipe creation was due to the “Thanksgiving PURGE of 2014.” LOL!
Purge as in, my husband got SO SICK from turkey, like food poisoning sick, that he banned turkey from his diet indefinitely. Although, I sneak 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 roasted chicken? HECK TO THE YES! Ground turkey in chili is one of my turkey exceptions —> BRING IT ON! You betcha!
Turkey lovers, don’t hate me. I have a HUGE gluten free Thanksgiving recipe round up, and turkey is included. But now, we’re gonna give those CHICKEN dishes some more love.
Ahhh…. it’s just so dangerously delicious!
Oven roasting any type of meat or poultry ensures that it comes out INCREDIBLY moist and juicy.
Super high heat and a short cooking time = delicious, juicy chicken with crispy skin
Super low heat and slow cooking is for tough muscle meats like pork shoulder and pot roast.
But let’s talk about using them in this cranberry chicken recipe. Oh heavens yes!
Cranberries are a natural sweetener, rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Not to mention, they are unique in that they have the ability to provide us with digestive support. They’re truly one of the worlds healthiest foods!
The outcome? A tart and tangy, crispy-skinned, juicy chicken dinner.
How long does it take to cook?
Well, take a peek at this video and you’ll see that it comes together SO quickly! At 375 F., it takes about 40 minutes to cook.
How to make the Cranberry Chicken recipe (1-minute video)
Just a few minor (yet uber important) details you need to know.
- Using skinless chicken:
If you want to lighten up the fat and calories in this recipe, you can absolutely use boneless skinless chicken breasts. BUT, you’ll need to reduce the roasting time.
Also, you should know that the meat won’t be nearly as juicy. Of course, it will still be delicious.
The secret to juicy chicken is to use bone-in breasts or thighs, and to keep the skin ON when roasting!
THE SKIN is where the nutrients, are it’s what makes this the chicken SUPER crispy.
Plus, the skin is a good source of heart healthy unsaturated fat. Which is good for those watching their cholesterol! Even better, it’s rich in vitamin K; a vitamin we often overlook.
- Chicken Marinade Notes
Don’t skip the 24 hour marinating time. As tempting as it may be to make the recipe come together more quickly, the balsamic marinade needs time to work its way through the chicken.
It’s one of the important keys to a moist and juicy slow roasted chicken. Nobody wants to eat dried out chicken for dinner, right?
Let’s conclude. This paleo cranberry chicken recipe:
- contains healthy unsaturated fats
- is naturally sweet – no additional sugar necessary!
- super juicy
- extra crispy
- easy to make in one pan, and
- is loaded with extra roasted cranberries to support your immune system and digestive system
Enjoy this cranberry chicken recipe as part of this gluten free and dairy free holiday meal plan too!Print
I don’t know about you, but I’m all about adding this dish to the holiday table. If you ask me, it’s more versatile than turkey.
You’re gonna be amazed and that turkey is gonna be jealous.