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Cranberry BBQ Chicken Recipe

Cranberry BBQ Chicken

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"A very pretty chicken; you can use a whole chicken cut up, or pieces. I generally use Country Legs (thigh & drumstick) as that is the cheapest chicken available."

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Original recipe makes 4 to 6 servings Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large skillet brown the chicken in butter/margarine. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from skillet and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. In the drippings (in the skillet), saute onion and celery until tender. Add cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce. Mix well.
  4. Pour cranberry mixture over chicken and bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes, basting every 15 minutes.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 20, 2003

I adapated this recipe for my crock pot--which was super easy and pretty good. I used two pounds of skinless/boneless chicken thighs, and cut them up a bit. I put them right in the pot with the other ingredients, and included two cloves of minced garlic. Cooked on low for six hours. I added about 1 cup of frozen peas just a few minutes before serving, and served it with white rice. Very nice with a tossed salad!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 06, 2010

This was okay. My kids ate it without comment as did everyone else. I didn't cover the dish while cooking and there was plenty of sauce, maybe too much. It's a great way to use up that leftover whole cranberry sauce from the holidays and that is likely the only time I might make this again. If I did make it again I would add something, not sure what yet, but something.


185 Ratings

Sep 09, 2006

The smell alone while this was in the oven should be an air freshener. 90 mins don't seem like a long time but when it smells that good it seems like eons. This was awesome chicken! We had it two days in a row and wasted nothing! Even my picky 5 year old thought it was the greatest chicken he ever had. The only chicken he liked prior to this was in nugget form. I followed the recipe exactly as stated. As I said, it smelled great, looked pretty and tasted wonderful. Never thought of using cranberries for anything but cranberry sauce. Served it with corn bread muffins and buttered asparagus. This will be the way I bake chicken from now on. I am really thinking about trying the sauce on ribs. YUMMY!

May 21, 2008

The whole family loved this one! I used 6 skinless, boneless breast halves and just salt and peppered them and put them in a 9x13. Then sauteed the onion, celery, 1/2 c. chopped green pepper and 2 cloves minced garlic until everything was softened. Added the cranberry sauce, bbq sauce (and a dash of tabasco). Baked uncovered for about an hour, basting twice. It was extremely yummy :).. I know I'll be making this one often.

Nov 11, 2004

This was very good. If you cover the pan with foil, the sauce doesn't burn and you don't need to baste.

Jun 08, 2006

My kids gobbled this up! I used a spicy bbq sauce by accident and it toned down the spice a lot! In my opinion, do not cover this dish with foil. If you do the sauce does not get as "sticky" and "gooey" as it needs to. It caramelized so nicely on top of the chicken and if I would have used foil on top I know all that yumminess would have slid right off. I didn't use the onion and celery because it didn't appeal to me. Try this, it's great!

Mar 01, 2010

Just made this for 15 of my family members! They loved it, including 4 kids! Please, follow the directions exactly as written, using whole cranberry sauce and using the veggies. I took the advice of another user and got a spicy BBQ sauce to balance out the sweetness of the cranberry sauce. I also sauteed 4 cloves of garlic with the onion and celery. 5 star, all the way.

Sep 14, 2010

I add a 1/2 cup more BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Ray's), use boneless skinless breasts, and cut the cook time to 45 minutes. Because you brown the chicken first, the 90 minute cooktime is too long and will dry the chicken out. I have made this several times and it's Mountain's fave :)


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  • Calories
  • 743 kcal
  • 37%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 53.9 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 182 mg
  • 61%
  • Fat
  • 39 g
  • 60%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 42.6 g
  • 85%
  • Sodium
  • 1013 mg
  • 41%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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