The combination of ingredients for this Cranberry Chicken may seem unusual, but I promise.. once it is all baked together the flavor is HEAVENLY! The chicken is baked to perfection in it’s own savory sweet cranberry sauce with sweet bursts of craisins and toasted pecan pieces. You are going to love it. I have made this on many many occasions and it turns out perfectly EVERY time!
I love serving this chicken over rice with a green salad. The red and green look so pretty together and so classy. There is an ample amount of sauce leftover in the pan once the chicken is baked. When serving, I like to spoon the extra sauce over the chicken and the rice. It’s a great looking dish for special occasions that is sure to impress. It’s a perfect dish for Christmas, but is also be great for Valentine’s Day or any other formal or informal meal. Be sure to make plenty because everyone will want seconds! If you do have leftovers, it is just as good when it is reheated.
Other Yummy Cranberry Recipes
If you are looking for some other tasty cranberry recipes to make at home we have a lot of great recipes where cranberries are the star ingredient. If you serve this dish with a salad you should definitely try our Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing. Some other cranberry recipes that we always are making over the Holidays are our Cranberry Almond Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl for breakfast, our Cranberry Salsa for a yummy appetizer, and our Orange Cranberry Sauce and Cranberry-Sausage Stuffing are perfect for Holiday dinners. Another favorite cranberry sauce is our Raspberry Cranberry Sauce recipe, I love this one on sandwiches and rolls.
Note on recipe: The recipe calls for 3-4 chicken breasts, cut in half. This is assuming that the chicken breasts are large. If they are smaller, you will want to use 6 or 7. There should be enough chicken to fill the 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Place chicken in baking pan. Generously spread cranberry sauce over the chicken.
- Sprinkle onion soup mix, pecans, and craisins over the chicken.
- Pour catalina dressing over top.
- Bake lightly covered with foil at 350 for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes.
- Serve over rice.
- Tip: Spoon extra sauce over the chicken and rice when serving.