Cranberry Citrus Chicken


Easy Cranberry Citrus Chicken to use up holiday leftovers.


I cannot begin to tell you guys how much we loved this recipe, if you haven’t tried cranberry citrus chicken, this one is a must!  My sister made it up and I promise it is sooooo good!! Next time we are going to try adding crushed almonds to the bread crumbs and serving a little of the unused relish on top of the cooked chicken.  But, that’s for next time and if you try it before me I’d love to hear how it goes.


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Easy Cranberry Citrus Chicken to use up holiday leftovers.


1. Place orange chunks and cranberries in blender and pulse until it turns to a relish. Yes, it looks like a lot of sugar, and it kind of is, but it also just fell that way in the jar which is totally deceiving.


Cranberry Citrus Relish, delicious on it's own for crackers or served with chicken or pork. Easy Cranberry Citrus Chicken to use up holiday leftovers.

2. Place cranberry and orange relish in a bowl and get the chicken ready by pounding it flat.

The relish will begin to break down and look like the picture above. Save some for serving with the chicken or we loved it on our rolls, with crackers and cream cheese… the possibilities are endless! Think of this for Thanksgiving next year! YUM on turkey!!



Easy Cranberry Citrus Chicken to use up holiday leftovers.


3. Spread a little relish on each breast of chicken and either close with toothpicks or tie with kitchen string. Roll in seasoned bread crumbs and spray with butter flavored nonstick spray or olive oil. Bake  and enjoy!


Easy Cranberry Citrus Chicken to use up holiday leftovers.

I can’t wait to make this again!


Are Cranberries Really Berries?

Blueberries and cranberries are close cousins and are in fact not berries at all.

Unlike a true berry, the fruit grows from beneath the rest of the flower parts, and as the fruit ripens the flower stays attached and ripens as well.


Are Cranberries Good For You?

Cranberries are low in calories, just 25 calories in 1/2 cup.

The nutrients in cranberries have been linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure.

Cranberries are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K.


Can You Eat Cranberries Raw?

While we usually think of cranberries for sauce and cooking, you can eat fresh, raw cranberries.

Raw cranberries can be used in a variety of foods to add a tart, fresh flavor to salads, relishes and other dishes.



Cranberry Citrus Chicken

Cranberry Citrus Chicken
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Cranberry Citrus Chicken

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Mom's Best 100 Easy Chicken Recipes
Keyword: chicken, citrus, cranberry, entree, orange, poultry
Servings: 1 recipe
Calories: 1844kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1/2 Orange chopped into chunks, but leave the peel on!!!
  • 1/2 Orange peeled
  • 2 Cups Whole Cranberries washed
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Seasoned Bread Crumbs


Cranberry Filling

  • In a blender combine the orange, cranberries, and sugar.
  • Pulse until it resembles a relish.

For the Chicken

  • Heat the oven to 350
  • Trim the chicken breasts, and using a meat mallet, lightly pound the chicken all over until it is about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Fill each breast with a little relish and roll the breast to hide the filling.  Secure with a toothpick if needed.
  • Roll each chicken breast in the bread crumbs and place seam side down in a baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until cooked through.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1844kcal | Carbohydrates: 139.8g | Protein: 246.8g | Cholesterol: 794.2mg | Fiber: 12.3g | Sugar: 120.1g
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Cranberry Citrus Chicken


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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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93 comments on “Cranberry Citrus Chicken”

  1. Yummm Carrian! I am going to serve it with your better than Grandma’s spiced orange blackberry cranberry sauce to see how it goes .

  2. I like to cook because I like to create things.

  3. I love to cook because I like to know what’s in my food and enjoy playing with different combinations of ingredients.

  4. I love to cook, because I can have access to any kind of food I want. I live in a small city. so if I want something of quality, then it has to come from my kitchen. I also feel so much better when I cook, because I know what goes into my food.

  5. Ilove cooking because through that I can feed my family nourishing real food.

  6. I love creating something with my own hands thay is yummy and healthy.

  7. Everything but the dirty dishes is part of the joy of cooking for me- I love the creativity, the developing wonderful foods, and the smells and tastes that are outstanding!

  8. I love to cook because it’s calming for me and I like it when people like what I make for them!

  9. Now that we’re retired from working shift work and usually different shifts, we’re now re-learning to cook and trying to find new ways to make healthy meals.

  10. I love the satisfaction of eating something delicious that I created.

  11. 5 stars
    I love to cook because it lets me be creative and I think food is the best way to bring people together and create great memories.

  12. I love to cook, because I can be creative. Also I love being able to create a delicious meal for my family that makes them happy.

  13. Cooking is creating at it’s best!

  14. Cooking is my passion. Love creating and sharing healthy meals!

  15. I love to cook because its the most direct way I can nurture my family. I love to fill them up with good, healthy, tasty food!

  16. I love to cook because I love to eat really good food as do my hubby and kids.

  17. Oh… Some of my favorite ingredients. This one is a must-try!

  18. I love cooking! Combining flavors and textures to make something that can feed my family and that we can all enjoy. Food brings people together!

  19. I like to cook because I like to eat healthier.

  20. I love cooking because then I know exactly what’s in my food!

  21. Might try this with tofu to see how it does as I do not eat animals…but love cranberry!!

  22. I love to cook because it brings my family together! I cannot wait to try some of your recipes.

  23. Cranberries are my husbands favorite. Must try this Sunday for dinner. It looks delicious.

  24. Happy New Year Carrian 🙂

  25. I love to cook because I love to eat good food as do my kids and hubby.

  26. It makes me happy to feed people.

  27. Cooking is therapy for me, I can get completely caught up in it…it’s my escape! Also, the added benefit of knowing how my food is prepared and what actually is going into my body in an ongoing effort to live a healthier lifestyle.

  28. I love to cook because I want to stay healthy.

  29. Cooking for my family is the only way I can know what is actually in our food.

  30. Cooking is so relaxing to me! I love creating new, exciting meals for my sweet family.

  31. Love getting to create things for my family

  32. I love to cook because blending all the flavors together is a creative way to cook while feeding my family!

  33. I love to cook because I am very careful about the food my family eats and since becoming more aware of it I find that it is very hard to find places in our area to eat out, so we try to make eating at home as much of an enjoyable adventure as possible!!

  34. I love trying out new recipes and pairing fun ingredients together when cooking! Love that you thought to add cranberry citrus to the chicken – brilliant combo!

  35. I love to cook because I love to share meals with others and put a smile on their face

  36. cooking, for me, is doing what i am meant to do. i cook for those i love. if i give you something i have made, it simply means you mean something to me.

  37. It’s hard to sum up why I love to cook, here goes. I find it amazing that I can take a pile of ingredients and make something nourishing. It’s like magic- order out of disorder. Plus I love to eat and feed others.

  38. I love to cook because I can bring my family together while creating healthy meals

  39. This looks amazing! I’m excited to try it!

  40. I love to cook because it makes me feel like I’m doing something good for my family!!

  41. 4 stars
    I love cooking for many reasons; to be creative, to eat healthy and to show love to family and friends.

  42. I’ve always enjoyed cooking but recently my husband and I had out first child and my passion for it has grown even stronger. I want to give our growing family the best that I can offer!

    From choosing good ingredients to serve hot and ready at the table, to good choices outside of the home… It starts in the kitchen!

  43. I love cooking because I’m about to get married and I love cooking for my future husband! He loves to eat and I love the many easy and yummy recipes you have!

  44. I love trying new things in the kitchen. Cooking allows me to be creative.

  45. Relieves stress for me and making others happy when they eat my food 🙂

  46. I love to make others happy and when you create a wonderful meal,entrée or dessert that it makes others smile it’s all worth it. I love to cook with my husband. We love to be in the kitchen together.

  47. This looks fantastic! Stuffing the chicken with cranberry is genius!

  48. I like to cook because. I like to know exactly what I am eating.

  49. I love to cook because growing up, i watched and learned to cook from my mom and older sisters. I grew to love it. Its one of my favorite hobbies and I love to see the smiles on my husbands and kids face every night when I have a warm homemade cooked meal ready on the table for them.

  50. I love to cook because then I know that my family is getting healthy food in their tummies. 🙂

  51. I like making good food for my family. I feel better making food from scratch for my family! Less preservatives!

  52. Food is my love language, so when I cook for people I care about, I’m telling them I love them.

  53. I love to cook because it’s fun & brings people together.

  54. This looks and sounds delicious!

    I love to cook because it brings people together, whether it’s big holiday meals, or just a quick weekday meal. I love cooking with my son, as much as I loved cooking with my grandma when I was little. I love seeing how excited he is to help, and how happy he is about what we’ve made. He’s only two, but I hope he grows up always loving it this much!

  55. I love to cook because it brings people together and you can give a bit of yourself to each person you cook for.

  56. I love to cook because I lime knowing what myself and my family are eating and I have fun cooking!

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  61. Nothing is better than making a meal that whole family loves

  62. Cooking is an amazing tool to feed yourself and to bring loved ones together. I am trying harder to make more fresh food and keep it organic and wholesome. I am working on building up my tools to be better cook. I would love to win this blender. It’s on my wish list for my birthday!

  63. I love to try new recipes & feed my family good healthy food.

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  67. I love to cook because I am just getting started discovering new recipes and making it fun. 7 years into marriage and I think it’s time I start figuring this out.

  68. I love to cook because it gives me and my husband time to bond.

  69. I love to cook because I love trying new combinations and surprising my family with yummy dishes

  70. I love to cook because I like trying new recipes.

  71. I love to cook because it’s fun and I it’s something I can share with my daughter.

  72. I love to cook because it’s a creative outlet, and because homemade tastes so good!

  73. I love to cook because it’s fun! It’s my creative outlet and I love making things that taste just as good, if not better, than eating out and knowing that they’re most likely healthier! I also love making others happy with the things I cook. 🙂

  74. I love to cook, because it tastes so much better than eating out. Plus it’s something I do for the family to show them that I care about what they are eating!

  75. 5 stars
    I love cooking because it’s my creative outlet! I love to see the smiles on the faces that I cook for =)

  76. Carrian you are sweet. This chicken recipe looks amazing,I haven’t made it yet but I will. Happy New Year 🙂

  77. I spend most of my time in the kitchen. I love to cook and bake and trying new recipes. Making things from scratch is so much more healthy than out of a box.

  78. What a great recipe, I love your idea of mixing citrus with cranberries….I love to cook my own food because I know what’s in it, I know what I”m serving to my kids and feel better about it. I love that there is such a freedom with cooking, so many combinations and flavors to discover, it really is magical if you let go try new things.

  79. Cooking relaxes me and I also love cooking for my family and knowing I’m giving them healthy and delicious food.

  80. 5 stars
    I love how I can get creative when I cook! 🙂

  81. I love to cook healthy meals that make my family happy. It’s a great feeling.

  82. I love to cook and experiment with new recipes. I have a very adventurous palate and will try almost anything.

  83. I love to cook homey, healthy, feel good food! Love you! 🙂

  84. I love to cook and share my love for my family through my food. I nourish them and nurture them through every meal. This recipe looks great for New Year’s Eve!

  85. Oh My! This looks great! I can’t imagine a better dinner to end the year.

  86. This looks amazing!!

  87. I can’t say that I like to cook, but it’s important to me that my family enjoy healthy meals together. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  88. I love to make delicious recipes like this to feed my family.

  89. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you about the breakfast casserole. It said it served 6, 1-cup servings but we probably got 10 or 12 servings.

  90. That looks so yummy. I love fresh cranberries and oranges. Sounds like a delish combo for chicken.

  91. I think you can just move to Ohio and be our chef. London can be your nanny so we would be even. How about that?