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Cherry Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Cherry Chicken

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"Lightly floured chicken pieces with the sweet flavoring of dark cherries and orange slices make a great entree that can be served over rice or alone with a salad for a lighter meal. Boneless pieces can be used if desired."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then coat with flour. Fry in the hot oil until browned, turning as needed. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for about 25 minutes or until meat is tender and juices run clear.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pan, and pour off all but 1/4 cup of the drippings. Return to medium heat and stir in the cherries, reserving some of the cherry liquid for later. Stir in sugar and bring to a boil. Dissolve the cornstarch in the reserved cherry liquid, then stir into the pan. Cook, stirring gently, until thickened.
  3. Add orange slices and almonds to the skillet, then return the chicken pieces to the skillet. Spoon sauce over the chicken to coat, and simmer over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
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  • Toasting almonds
  • Almonds can be toasted in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 13, 2009

If you're looking for a restaurant-quality, fruited chicken dish, this is it! It's cherry season in Washington State, so I used 1 pound of fresh Bing cherries, halved & pitted them, then tossed with a couple tablespoons of sugar and let sit a few hours prior to making the recipe. This made enough cherry juice to make the sauce later on. I also opted to bake the chicken in olive oil instead of pan-frying (I left out the flour when baking). When I was done making the sauce, I just poured it over the chicken in the baking pan and returned to the oven for 10 minutes. It was absolutely delicious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 10, 2010

This is a good basic meal, except for the orange; nobody can eat this recipe with all the orange peel cooked in it. If you chop the peel in larger pieces and then remove before serving, might work better. Also...there is not enough liquid. You look at the photo, the chicken is swimming in it.


22 Ratings

Apr 14, 2009

I'm merely a beginner to the culinary arts scene, and I screwed this one a good bit. I used boneless breasts instead of a whole chicken. I didn't heat the oil enough before I put the chicken in and the flour burnt to the bottom of the pan in a nice crispy sheet. I scraped it off and kept going, though, and the end result was sensational. The sauce was delicious; sweet, tangy, and thick. This was my first crack at an allrecipes recipe, and I will definitely be trying it again.

Jan 05, 2006

My daughter, who is homeschooled, saw this recipe and decided to make it for home economics. I really didn't think it was going to be that great, but it was! This has so much flavor and the combination of flavors is just wonderful! My whole family loved it! I told my daughter she should make it at least once a month!! This one is definately a keeper!

May 19, 2008

Delicious.....even my picky husband gave it the thumbs up! Chicken was moist and had great flavor. The cherry sauce is to die for, and a great way to make this dish even more healthy. I did not have an orange, so I added a splash of orange juice. I will definitely be making this again!

May 16, 2006

This is Delicious, It's a dish that was a House Specialty in the Chinese Restaurant I ate at once!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's totally good if you use Marachino Cherries instead of the the other ones if you want SWEETNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 10, 2010

It was good but not great. I used only 1 tbsp of olive oil to cut the fact content and used chicken breasts instead of whole chicken. I also used fresh cherries from my tree, tossing them with sugar and letting them sit for a few hours as another reviewer suggested. We just weren't crazy about it. I probably won't make it again.

Feb 18, 2009

should be 10 stars


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  • Calories
  • 1149 kcal
  • 57%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 85.1 g
  • 27%
  • Cholesterol
  • 222 mg
  • 74%
  • Fat
  • 61.6 g
  • 95%
  • Fiber
  • 5.1 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 63.4 g
  • 127%
  • Sodium
  • 848 mg
  • 34%

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

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