Cranberry Orange Chicken – One Pan [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Cranberry Orange Chicken is the perfect one pan, a seasonal meal made with juicy, tart cranberries and fresh orange juice and zest.

I can say that this Cranberry Orange Chicken is simply the best you can have! It tastes amazingly good with a sweet and savory kick to it. I highly recommend you try two of my most popular recipes: Instant Pot Orange Chicken and this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Orange Ham!

Cranberry Orange Chicken

Best Cranberry Orange Chicken

Cranberry Orange Chicken is one of the easiest and most delicious fall dinners you can make. I am a huge fan of cranberry orange desserts, I recently made these Cranberry Orange Muffins that are the perfect start of a crisp fall day.

The Cranberry Orange Chicken is so good, the tart and juicy cranberries are roasted with the chicken, creating an amazing sauce. The orange zest and orange juice add a lot of favor and brighten to the dish. This is the perfect weeknight meal, or you can even make it for a party, as it looks gorgeous garnished with extra fresh cranberries.

I like serving this chicken topped with homemade Cranberry Sauce and some Sweet Potato Soufflé or Sweet Potato Casserole. Crispy Rosemary Roasted Potatoes are great on the side as well.

Why you will enjoy this Cranberry Orange Chicken:

  • Easy to make and it takes only around 30 minutes!
  • Perfect fall-flavored dish with cranberries and orange zest.
  • It uses only one pan – so minimum dishes to use and clean.
  • The dish is packed with amazing flavors and protein.
  • Perfect for busy weeknights and also for entertaining guests.
  • You will have delicious leftovers that can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Cranberry Orange Chicken Recipe

One Pan Cranberry Orange Chicken Recipe Tips:

  • I like making this dish with chicken thighs, but it works great with chicken breasts as well.
  • Also, for the best flavors, it’s better to marinate the chicken for a few hours or overnight.
  • Don’t skip the fresh orange zest, because it’s what makes this dish pop-up.
  • For a spicier kick, add 1-2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes.
  • In addition, 10 minutes before the chicken is ready, add a handful of more cranberries to the pan, this will add a pop of color to the dish.
  • Serve the chicken garnished with orange zest.

One Pan Cranberry Orange Chicken

Can I substitute pork for chicken?

Yes, pork or ham is a great alternative for chicken in many recipes including this one. If you are going to use pork or ham instead of chicken, I would recommend using pork chop or pork loin. The cooking time will also very best on the cut that you choose.

Can I make this Cranberry Orange Chicken in the Slow Cooker?

Yes, you can! Prepare the sauce and the rub as directed in the recipe. Add the chicken to the slow cooker and add the sauce around it. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or on high for about 2 hours. The internal temperature of the chicken tights or breast should be at 165 F degrees.

How to make Orange Zest?

  • Rinse the orange.
  • Set your tool over a cutting board. A Microplane produces a very fine zest, perfect for baking and cooking. If you don’t have a microplane, use the smallest holes on an ordinary grater.
  • Grate the skin of the orange only. Grate just enough to get through the orange skin, this way you can avoid the bitter white pith underneath.
  • Rotate the orange and repeat. Once the white pith is exposed, rotate the orange and zest the next strip of peel. Repeat until most of the peel is removed, or until you have enough zest for your recipe.

Can you use orange juice instead of orange zest?

Yes! Orange zest adds a citrus flavor to your recipes, including desserts, main dishes, and more. If you don’t have an orange and a zester handy, you can use regular orange juice. 1 medium-size orange = approximately 1 tablespoon of orange zest = 2 to 3 tablespoons of orange juice.

Cranberry Orange Chicken Recipe Video:

Save Recipe
4 from 1 reviews
Cranberry Orange Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 4-5  chicken thighs or breasts with skin 
  • 1/2 cup  fresh cranberries 
  • 1 tablespoon  honey 
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil 

Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup  cranberries 
  • 1 tablespoon  brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons  honey 
  • 1 tablespoon  balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 large  orange  (zested and juiced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  sea salt 
  • 1/8 teaspoon  black pepper 

Instructions

Prepare Marinade:

  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients to a food processor and blend until all combined and you have a smooth mixture.
  2. Add chicken to a large ziplock bag, container or deep dish pan. Pour the marinade over the chicken and marinate for 1 hour or better overnight.

Bake:

  1. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375F.

  2. Add the chicken to a lightly greased roasting pan, a 8x8 inch pan is enough. Pour the marinade over the chicken.

  3. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of cranberries to the pan, spread them evenly.
  4. Bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes. Mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of olive oil. Brush over the chicken.

  5. Turn on the broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the skin on the chicken is crispy. Watch it closely not to burn it.

  6. Garnish with fresh orange zest and fresh cranberries.

  7. You don't need the sauce, it can be discarded at this point. Serve the chicken topped with cranberry sauce.

0 Calories: 408 Carbohydrates: 16 Protein: 18 Fat: 29 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 110 Sodium: 235 Potassium: 251 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 14 Vitamin A: 90 Vitamin C: 2.5 Calcium: 9 Iron: 0.8
Save Recipe

Cranberry Orange Chicken is the perfect, one pan, seasonal meal made with juicy, tart cranberries and fresh orange juice and zest.
One Pan Cranberry Orange Chicken is the perfect, seasonal meal made with juicy, tart cranberries and fresh orange juice and zest.
Cranberry Orange Chicken is the perfect, seasonal fall meal made with juicy, tart cranberries and fresh orange juice and zest.
Get free recipes to your inbox!

Comments

Leave a reply

Ashley

Looks great! What are some sides I could pair this with? Thanks!

Reply

Hey Ashley, yes this is an amazing recipe. I see that you gave it 4 stars without even trying it, please know that this has a big impact. Also, I love to serve this steamed broccoli or simple roasted green beans, or asparagus. If you are looking for a more filling side I recomened baked sweet potatoes and a seasonal salad of spinach, orange zest, pomegranates seeds and crumbed feta or blue cheese.

Reply

Amanda

Ever since I saw this on food gawker, I've been drooling over it!

Reply

Dee

One of my favorite flavor combos, and this chicken looks delicious!

Reply

Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

Oh my! This looks so tasty! Great Fall dish for sure!

Reply

eat good 4 life

Loving everything about this. The perfect combo!

Reply

Krista

One pan and these amazing flavors! You are awesome!

Reply

Jenni Breja

I want to make this, but I can't eat HONEY. Any suggestions for substitutes? Thanks

Reply

Maple syrup works great :) hope that helps.

Reply

Sandy Buckner

Sounds wonderful! The chicken is in the marinade in the fridge as I type this...thank you. Will rate after dinner but it sure sounds like a five star dish to me.Sandy

Reply

Can wait to find out if you liked it!

Reply

Lena

The cranberries in the marinade - did you use fresh or dried?

Reply

I used fresh

Reply

Sara

Can’t wait. Making this tonight with sweet potatoes and a spinach salad!

Reply

Chynna P.

Hey would a blender work instead of a food processor? or does the food processor make the consistancy? i'm new to cooking here, haha. I will be making it tomorrow just trying to figure out what to do for the food processor, any suggestion will be appreciated!

Reply

Yes, it will work!

Reply

Abby

Making this tonight! Have the chicken in the fridge marinating.

Reply

Let me know how you like it!

Reply

Taylor Ewing

Could you use dried cranberries?

Reply

Yes, you can, but the end result will be a bit different, and also not as tart.

Reply

Connie

If using frozen cranberries do they need to thaw first?

Reply

Yes, thaw them.

Reply

Kimberly Baxter

Look absolutely beautiful! I will try to make this soon for my daughter. Hope it will come out great.

Reply

Tabitha

Cranberries are out in the store again! Finally I can make this dish again. Went right up to the top of the favorite list last year.

Reply

Andy

This is such a perfect dish. My husband made it and it was very good. We love orange chicken and with cranberries is also delish! I guess we will be making it more often going forward! Might use this recipe for turkey as well since its that good!

Reply

Sue

Can you use skinless chicken breasts? 

Reply

yes, you can.

Reply

Jessy

Hi, do you think this would work for a whole chicken? Any tips?

Reply

Yes, it should work. I would definitely double the marinade and if you have time marinate the chicken in it. When ready to roast, lift some of the skin and add some butter under it, stuff the chicken with rosemary, fresh orange slices and some cranberries for extra flavor. Add to a baking dish, and pour about half of the marinade on top. Cover and roast for about 60 minutes, basting the chicken with the marinade juices from the PAN, from time to time. If the chicken starts to brown too quickly, cover it with foil loosely. Broil before removing from the oven. Hope this helps.

Reply

Tammy Weaver

I made this dish last night for my husband and myself. It's really quite delicious. I made two slight alterations to it - I did not add garlic and I used a raspberry balsamic vinegar. I used chicken thighes and marinated them for about 10 hours before baking. It was pretty and festive looking with the bright colors of the orange and cranberry. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Reply

I am happy that you enjoyed it!

Reply

Nina

Hi, This recipe sounds delicious! I wanted to make it from Christams Eve and was wondering about how many pounds of chicken you used since thighs/breasts can vary in size quite a bit. Thank you!

Reply

I used regular chicken thighs, not sure exactly how many lbs, I guess about 2 lbs. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Pin
Share
Tweet