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Cranberry Orange Chicken – One Pan

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

Cranberry Orange ChickenCranberry 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 brightens 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.

One Pan Cranberry Orange Chicken

Tips and Tricks to make the perfect One Pan Cranberry Orange Chicken :

  • I like making this dish with chicken thighs, but it works great with chicken breasts as well.
  • For the best flavors, its better to marinate the chicken for a few hours or overnight.
  • Don’t skip the fresh orange zest, it’s what it makes the dish pop-up.
  • For a spicier kick, add 1-2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes.
  • 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.
Cranberry Orange Chicken

Since we are on an orange kick here, I highly recommend you try two of my most popular recipes: this Instant Pot Orange Chicken and this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Orange Ham!

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

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

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
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • juice of one fresh orange
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  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.
  3. When ready too cook, preheat oven to 375F.
  4. Add the chicken to a lightly greased roasting pan. Pour the marinade over the chicken.
  5. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of cranberries to the pan, spread them evenly.
  6. Bake the chicken for 25 minutes. Mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of olive oil. Brush over the chicken.

  7. 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.

  8. Garnish with fresh orange zest and fresh cranberries.
  9. Serve!

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One Pan Cranberry Orange Chicken
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.

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28 comments on “Cranberry Orange Chicken – One Pan”

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

    • 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.

  2. Cranberries are my favorite fall flavor!! I can’t wait to try this one!

  3. Ever since I saw this on food gawker, I’ve been drooling over it!

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

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

  6. Loving everything about this. The perfect combo!

  7. One pan and these amazing flavors! You are awesome!

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

  9. 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

  10. The cranberries in the marinade – did you use fresh or dried?

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

  12. 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!

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

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  15. Could you use dried cranberries?

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  17. If using frozen cranberries do they need to thaw first?

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

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