Cranberry Chicken Bake – a dish that’s about to become your new favorite! With just 10 minutes of prep and 20-25 minutes in the oven, you’ll have a fantastic meal on your table in no time. Succulent chicken thighs are nestled on a bed of fresh cranberries and aromatic herbs, and baked to perfection and drizzled with honey for that perfect finishing touch. And don’t worry, it’s not just easy to make; it’s also incredibly versatile – fitting for a cozy family dinner or a festive gathering.
Why You’ll Love Cranberry Chicken Bake
- Easy Prep: Simple steps and minimal ingredients make this recipe perfect for all cooks, even beginners.
- Sweet & Savory Combo: Cranberries and honey team up, creating a delicious blend of flavors.
- Aromatic Herbs: Fresh rosemary and thyme add delightful fragrance, enhancing the overall experience of this dish.
- Versatility: Whether for a family dinner or a festive occasion, Cranberry Chicken Bake adapts seamlessly to any setting.
- Moist Chicken: The honey drizzle guarantees juicy and delicious chicken, eliminating any chance of dryness.
Ingredients Needed To Make Cranberry Chicken Bake
- Chicken thighs
- Fresh cranberries
- Olive oil
- SPG (salt, pepper, garlic) seasoning
- Fresh rosemary
- Fresh thyme
How To Make Cranberry Chicken Bake
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and give your baking dish a little olive oil love with a brush.
Spread the cranberries and those aromatic fresh herbs in the baking dish. It’s like creating a cozy nest for your chicken to shine.
Season those chicken thighs with the SPG magic – salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning. Lay them gently on top of the cranberries and herbs in the baking dish.
Let the oven work its magic for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken hits a toasty 165°F internally. That’s when you know it’s ready to steal the show.
Once your Cranberry Chicken Bake is out of the oven, shower it with a honey drizzle. Sweetness on top of savory goodness – it’s the grand finale.
Serve it up, and get ready for a flavor explosion in every bite!
Commonly Asked Questions
Can I use frozen cranberries instead of fresh?
Absolutely! If fresh cranberries are elusive, go for the frozen ones. Just make sure they thaw out before joining the party in the baking dish.
What’s the perfect side for Cranberry Chicken Bake?
My go to side is a wild rice blend featuring sliced almonds and dried cranberries. I love the textures this rice brings to the meal. Any crisp vegetable would be a great addition!
Can I make this dish ahead of time?
Of course! Prep the chicken and cranberries in the baking dish, cover it tight, and let it chill in the fridge. When it’s showtime, pop it in the oven following the instructions, adjusting the cooking time if needed.
How can I ensure the chicken thighs stay moist?
Keep the chicken juicy by basting it with those flavorful juices in the baking dish during cooking. Alternatively, cover it with foil for the initial part of baking, then unveil for that beautiful browning.
Is there a substitute for SPG seasoning?
Don’t fret if SPG seasoning is MIA in your spice cabinet. A mix of salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in equal parts makes for a worthy substitute.
Cranberry Chicken Bake
- Measuring cups/spoons
- Baking Dish
- Meat thermometer
- Oven preheated to 400 degrees
- 4 chicken thighs
- 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp SPG salt, pepper, garlic seasoning
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp honey
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brush a baking dish with olive oil.
- Spread the cranberries and fresh herbs in the baking dish.
- Season the chicken thighs with SPG seasoning.
- Place the seasoned chicken on top of the cranberries and herbs in the baking dish.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
- Once cooked, drizzle the chicken with honey.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Vegetarian Option: Substitute chicken with tempeh or tofu for a vegetarian version.
- Spicy Twist: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.
- Citrus Infusion: Squeeze fresh orange or lemon juice over the chicken before baking for a citrusy flavor.