4-Ingredient Cranberry Chicken Recipe: Another Winner Chicken Dinner by Melissa Vickers

4-Ingredient Cranberry Chicken Recipe: Another Winner Chicken Dinner

I like easy recipes, and I like chicken recipes with a sweet and savory sauce. Throw in the convenience of a meal in a Crock Pot™ and pantry ingredients, and this four-ingredient cranberry chicken recipe is a winner!

The savory sauce for this chicken recipe is just a mixture of whole berry cranberry sauce, French dressing and instant onion soup mix. That's it. The simple chicken dinner can be made in a slow cooker or baked in the oven. With minimal prep and ingredients, this is sure to be a family favorite.

I served this tasty cranberry chicken with wild rice and threw in some sautéed mushrooms. But it would be equally as delicious with mashed potatoes. Add a salad or a fresh vegetable for a complete comforting meal.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 to 5 hours (slow cooker) or 1 hour (oven)
Total Time: 4 to 5 hours or 1 hour 5 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6


  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into bite-size pieces (trim excess fat)
  • 1 cup French salad dressing
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) instant onion soup mix
  • 1 can (15 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Mix onion soup, cranberry sauce and salad dressing in a bowl.
  2. Place chicken in slow cooker. Cover with the sauce.
  3. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F. If you’d like a thicker sauce, add a slurry made from 1/2 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch whisked together.
  4. If you prefer to cook this recipe in the oven, place chicken and sauce in a greased baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 1 hour.

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Elisa Schmitz
This sounds delicious, Melissa Vickers . It reminds me a bit of one of our most popular recipes: food: The 4-Ingredient French Chicken Recipe That Almost Broke the Internet So delish!
Sweet and tart, juicy and tasty. I’m here for it!

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