Best Cranberry Chicken


My mom found this recipe for cranberry chicken thighs years ago. It's now a cheap and easy weeknight favorite at my house.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
12 chicken thighs


  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 3 pounds chicken thighs

  • 1 (8 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce

  • cup ketchup

  • cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Place onion and butter in a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, push onion to one side, and arrange chicken thighs in the dish in a single layer. Return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, stir together cranberry sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, and mustard powder in a bowl.

  5. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Transfer cooked onions to cranberry mixture and stir until incorporated. Spoon over chicken thighs and return the baking dish to the oven.

  6. Bake until cranberry mixture is slightly caramelized and chicken is cooked through, about 20 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of each thigh near the bone should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

526 Calories
26g Fat
34g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 526
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 450mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 475mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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