Cranberry chicken is a perfect mix of savory with a little bit of sweet and tangy. It only takes a couple of minutes to put together and comes out of the oven tender and flavorful.
If you are looking for a tasty but easy dinner option, you are in the right place. Baked cranberry chicken is made from ingredients you can keep on hand and the prep work is so easy.
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Where We Got the Recipe
My mother-in-law is the one who introduced us to this recipe. Her sister, Andi, had shared it with her and she thought it was a real winner.
She tried convincing us to make it a couple of times, but the ingredients just sounded so strange together. So finally she just made it for us one night and then we were all convinced.
I had everything on hand to make it except the Catalina dressing. Luckily we make homemade dressing when we make Frito salad, so I just sized it down and it worked perfect.
You could also use a sweet French dressing or Russian dressing if you can’t find Catalina. They are similar and would work well in this recipe.
We like serving this chicken with rice, mashed potatoes or wide egg noodles. It’s nice to have a simple starchy side to soak up some of the sauce.
Recipe for Homemade Catalina Dressing
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Combine all ingredients and stir until combined.
Of course you can use homemade cranberry sauce as well. Just use 1 1/2 to two cups of your favorite sauce.
More Easy Chicken Recipes:
Slow cooker Greek chicken is another great option. Shred the tender chicken and load it in a pita pocket for a fun meal.
What are your favorite chicken recipes? Tell me all about them in the comments below or reach out to me on social media.
- 14 oz. cranberry sauce
- 1 oz. package dry onion soup mix
- 8 oz. Catalina dressing
- 4 chicken breasts
- Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9×13" baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, stir together cranberry sauce, soup mix and dressing.
- Arrange chicken in baking dish and pour cranberry sauce over the top.
- Bake for 1 hour or until the center registers 165°F on a meat thermometer.