Monday, October 16, 2023

Cranberry Orange Chicken Thighs #CranberryWeek

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs Marinated in an orange and cranberry mixture before being transferred to a baking dish and popped into the oven.  A perfect fall meal.

Cranberry Orange Chicken

We are celebrating Cranberries this week.......
Christie of  A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures invited those of us who would like to join her to share a couple of recipes featuring cranberries.  We are posting on Monday and Friday so, if you are a cranberry lover, make sure to swing by all the posts again on Friday for some more scrumptious recipes featuring this seasonal fruit.

Cranberry Orange Chicken

My homemade Cranberry Sauce contains only 3 ingredients, cranberries, orange juice, and sugar.  I have made other versions like this Winter Crunch Grape and Cranberry Sauce and this Raspberry Cranberry Sauce, both very good, but my standby that I go back to again and again is the basic recipe I have been making for years.

Cranberry Orange Chicken pin

I decided to take those flavors and use them to marinate some chicken thighs for this event.  Easy, peasy, and delicious.  You can marinate the chicken in the fridge in the morning and when you are ready for dinner, pop it in the oven for 30-40 minutes.  How simple is that?

Before I share this amazing recipe, let's take a look at what the others cooked up.......
Stop back on Friday when I share a Cod and Cranberry Stuffing Bake.

Chicken, Cranberries, Honey, Orange, Fall Flavors
Entrees, Chicken
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Cranberry Orange Baked Chicken

Cranberry Orange Baked Chicken

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs Marinated in an orange and cranberry mixture before being transferred to a baking dish and popped into the oven. A perfect fall meal.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 45 Min


  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 c. fresh cranberries, divied
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • juice and zest of one orange
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place 1/4 c. of the cranberries into a food processor, reserving the remainder, and pulse two or three times.
  2. Add the honey, olive oil, orange juice, orange zest, salt and pepper. Pulse a few more times and pour into a plastic bag that seals.
  3. Add the chicken thighs to the bag. Remove the air and seal the bag. Massage the chicken so it is all coated and refrigerate for at least half an hour and up to 8 hrs.
  4. Pour the chicken and marinade into a baking pan. Scatter the reserved cranberries over the top and bake in a preheated 375* oven for 30-40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

12.83 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.81 g

Carbs (grams)

11.71 g

Fiber (grams)

0.5 g

Net carbs

11.21 g

Sugar (grams)

10.41 g

Protein (grams)

43.72 g

Sodium (milligrams)

250.48 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

214.7 mg


  1. That sounds delicious! I've done this with pork chops but not chicken. The thigh is my favorite part of the chicken.

    1. I will have to try it with pork chops Karen, thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Cranberry and orange are perfect together, this chicken sounds awesome

  3. Such a great flavor combo and happy to have a new fall chicken recipe!

  4. The orange and cranberry sound delicious in this recipe. This is a great one to make this fall season.

  5. Cranberries and oranges are the perfect combo! I bet they taste awesome on this chicken.


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