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Cranberry Chili Chicken Recipe


Cranberry Chili Chicken Recipe


Sometimes you want to shake things up a bit and try a chicken recipe that’s a little more exciting and adventurous. This cranberry chili chicken recipe is both delicious and out of the ordinary enough that it will give your taste buds a reason to sing.

You’re probably already familiar with the combination of poultry and cranberry. Who doesn’t love cranberry sauce with turkey at Thanksgiving? But the addition of chili adds an extra level of zesty flavor that’s unexpected but really works together.

Spicy, sweet, and savory all at the same time, this dish will tantalize your taste buds. The orange marmalade and cranberry sauce create a tangy zip and the chili adds just a bit of spice. Your family is sure to love it and you’ll be wondering when you can eat it again.

Fortunately, this meal is easy to make. With just six ingredients, you won’t have to spend a long time in the kitchen doing prep work. You can get dinner on the table quickly on even the busiest day. Every busy parent needs meals that are delicious and easy to prepare quickly so that you don’t end up going through a fast-food drive-thru instead.

Cranberry chili chicken is simple to prepare but has a delightfully complex flavor. Give it a try—I really think you’ll like it.

Cranberry Chili

People who live in New England where cranberries are grown already know many versatile ways to use this delicious, tangy fruit. The concept of putting cranberries and chili together is nothing new but you may not have tried it before.

You can use the same sauce from this recipe as a base for meatballs. When you make cranberry and chili as the sauce for meatballs, you have a delicious recipe for an appetizer. Your guests at your next Super Bowl party would love this and you could be remembered for serving an unforgettable dish. Everyone will ask you for the recipe—it’s up to you whether you want to share or keep it a secret!

If you decide to use this sauce for meatballs, it’s important to make them the right way. You want to make sure that you use meat that isn’t too lean; you need some fat so your meatballs won’t dry out. Similarly, make sure you don’t roll your meatballs too tight because doing so can give them an unappealing texture.

If you would rather make cranberry chili without the meatballs, you can certainly do that, too.

Try adding cranberry sauce and orange marmalade to your usual chili recipe and see how much more interesting your chili can become! Use ground chicken instead of beef to preserve the original flavors of this recipe.

Of course, any chili is better with cornbread. Cranberry chili is no exception. Serve it with warm cornbread fresh out of the oven, with some honey if you prefer. It’s perfect for a cold winter day.

Cranberry Chicken Recipe

Cranberry chicken is already easy enough as it is, with only six ingredients. But you can make it even easier and quicker to make when you use your slow cooker or Instant Pot.

To adapt this cranberry chili chicken recipe for the Instant Pot, you’ll first want to cook the chicken breasts in three tablespoons of vegetable oil on sauté mode. Make sure to cook both sides of the chicken. Remove the chicken from the pot.

Then you’ll want to add the orange marmalade, cranberry sauce, chili sauce, and allspice. Pour the sauce over the chicken then return it all to the pot. Add one cup of water to the pot and cook it on the high-pressure manual mode for 10 minutes. Serve it over white rice.

If you’d rather make your cranberry chicken in the slow cooker instead, you can cook it in the crockpot for 5 to 6 hours on low. Just put in all the ingredients early in the day and you’ll have a delicious dinner waiting for you.

Cranberry chili chicken is a delightfully unique combination of flavors. You’ll wonder why you never tried it before. The combination of cranberry and chili sauce is reminiscent of a tangy barbecue sauce.

If you’re looking for a new recipe that’s truly different from the same old, same old, give cranberry chili chicken a try. You might discover a new favorite!

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out our Summertime Chicken and our  Sweet and Saucy Chicken.

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Cranberry Chili Chicken Recipe

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  • Author: Moms Who Think
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


Cranberry chili chicken is a delightfully unique combination of flavors. You’ll wonder why you never tried it before. The combination of cranberry and chili sauce is reminiscent of a tangy barbecue sauce.


  • 1/2 cup Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil


  1. In a medium bowl, combine first 4 ingredients; set aside.
  2. In large skillet, slowly brown chicken on both sides in oil. Pour reserved chili sauce mixture over chicken.
  3.  Simmer, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked and sauce is of desired consistency, turning and basting often.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cranberry chili, cranberry chicken recipe

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