4-Ingredient Cranberry-Glazed Baked Chicken Recipe Looks Like Christmas by Donna John

Poultry Dinner Holidays
9 months ago

4-Ingredient Cranberry-Glazed Baked Chicken Recipe Looks Like Christmas

A bowl of leftover cranberry sauce was sitting patiently in the fridge waiting for me to do something with it. I decided to create a cranberry-glazed baked chicken – and it was the right decision. Delicious! The glaze is made with sweet and tart cranberry sauce, tangy Dijon mustard and garlic. The combination works so well on the chicken.

Serve this easy four-ingredient chicken recipe with your favorite side dishes. I served mine with southern yellow squash and a salad. Jellied or whole cranberry sauce can be used for this recipe. The addition of chopped green onions or chives for garnish makes it look very festive, like the holidays.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 - 6 bone-in chicken thighs (or your favorite chicken pieces)
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce (I used homemade cranberry sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 - 3 cloves garlic, minced

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the chicken into an oiled baking dish. Season both sides with salt and pepper or seasoned salt (I used Morton Nature's Seasons). Bake in a preheated 375-degree F oven until chicken is just done, about 40 minutes (depends on size of chicken pieces). Internal temperature should be 165 degrees F.
  2. While the chicken bakes, combine the cranberry sauce, mustard and garlic in a saucepot.
  3. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring, until melted together.
  4. When the chicken is just done, spoon the cranberry glaze on top and spread to coat the chicken. Return to the oven and bake another 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Remove chicken from the oven and sprinkle with chopped green onions or fresh chives, if desired.

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Elisa Schmitz
OMG, Donna John , I have some leftover cranberry sauce just looking for a tasty recipe. This one just may be it. Looks amazing! #yum
This really does look and taste like Christmas. Great holiday dinner recipe.

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