Cranberry Roasted Chicken – Easy Seasonal Dinner Idea

Serve up this delicious, tangy, and sweet Cranberry Roasted Chicken! This healthy and filling dinner can be served with any and all of your favorite side dishes! The whole family will love this one!

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The Cranberry offers a sweet and tart flavor that goes perfectly with the chicken. When you add in the balsamic, this dish is transformed into a whole new level of flavor.

This Cranberry Roasted Chicken Is…

  • Baked in the Oven
  • Easy to Make
  • Simple Ingredients
  • Gluten Free
  • Made With Any Cut of Chicken You Want
  • Family Friendly

Ingredients Needed

These ingredients create a perfectly crafted meal for the winter season. Perfect for a family dinner or even having guests over. This is a great recipe to make during Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Chicken – This recipe works with any cut of chicken that you want. Please know that depending on the size and if it is boneless or bone-in, the cook time will vary a bit.

Garlic, Thyme, Rosemary – These herbs and garlic help flavor the chicken nicely. If you don’t have fresh herbs, feel free to use dried.

Cranberries – Fresh or frozen cranberries will both work for this recipe.

Soy Sauce, Balsamic Vinegar, Oil – Used to enhance the flavors of the herbs, chicken, and locks in moisture.

Salt and Pepper – Flavor to taste!

How to Make Cranberry Roasted Chicken

First, in a blender or food processor, combine the garlic, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and 1/2 cup of the cranberries. Liquify until as smooth as possible.

Add the chicken in with the cranberry mixture to marinade.

Grease your casserole pan and assemble the chicken and cranberries in the baking dish as the recipe card features below.

Bake as directed. Once the chicken is fully cooked, serve with your favorite sides.

What Sides Pair Well With This Recipe?

When is the Chicken Done?

A great tool to use is a meat thermometer! This allows you to check the internal temperature of your chicken. It should read 165 degrees. Let your chicken rest for at least 5-10 minutes to help prevent the chicken from drying out.

Storing Leftovers

You can store leftover chicken in the fridge for 2-4 days. Use you best judgement in terms of when you should toss out the chicken. Depending on freshness and how you store the chicken the storage time varies.

This is a fabulous meal to prep with for dinners or quick lunches. You can also freeze any chicken you don’t eat for 2-3 months!

Can I Use Any Cut of Chicken?

You are welcome to use bone-in chicken or boneless. Feel free to use any cut of chicken you want. Depending on the thickness and if the chicken has bones, the cook time WILL vary.

Bone-in chicken will take longer to cook. Boneless will cook much faster. Use a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken reaches proper temperature.

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Cranberry Roasted Chicken

Cranberry Roasted Chicken

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Cranberry Roasted Chicken is a slightly sweet, tangy, and savory dinner that you NEED to make this week! Bake in the oven and have an easy dinner ready that is absolutely delicious!


  • 1 tsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups Cranberries, divided
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Thyme
  • 6-8 Pieces Chicken
  • 1 Tbsp. Chopped Fresh Rosemary, plus extra sprigs for Garnish


    1. In blender or food processor, combine the garlic, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and ½ cup of the cranberries and liquify until as smooth as possible.
    2. Place the chicken pieces in a large zip-top plastic bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Close the bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
    3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a large casserole dish with baking spray.
    4. Remove the chicken from the bag and save the marinade for later.
    5. Place the chicken pieces in the baking dish, skin side down, and season with thyme, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup cranberries around the pan, pressing the berries in between the chicken pieces if needed. Roast the chicken uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes.
    7. Flip the chicken pieces over and brush each one with the reserved marinade.
    8. Raise the oven temperature to 425°F and cook five minutes. Then, change the oven settings to broil and broil for 2-3 minutes, until the chicken begins to turn a little golden on top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 463mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 21g

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