Cranberry Barbecue Chicken

Happy December all!
In the spirit of giving, here you go Mikaela…

I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I’m taking a class at our local University. One of my favorite coeds, Mikaela, gave me some food for thought. Looking at my blog, she complained that all my recipes look so complicated and use too many ingredients. Instantly one of my easiest and best chicken dishes came to mind. It’s a snap to create, contains only 5 ingredients, and bakes while you’re busy doing other things. It’s perfect for Sunday dinner, holiday parties and busy coeds everywhere!
Cranberry Barbecue Chicken will be one of your favorite go to dishes. It’s delicious using pork chops or boneless ribs too, and goes well with almost any side dish.
Brown and season boneless chicken breasts, (thighs are good too).   Lay flat in a baking dish.
Chop a yellow onion and sprinkle over the chicken.
Mix whole cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce together and pour evenly over chicken. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 3 hours.

Cranberry Barbecue Chicken

Serve with your favorite sides…my choice this time, brown rice and steamed cauliflower.
and lots of love…especially for you Mikaela!

Cranberry Barbecue Chicken
This is perfect party fare, Cranberry Barbecued Chicken is oh so easy and nice enough to serve a holiday crowd.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 6 boneless, skinless, chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (use your favorite, I prefer Cattleman's)
  1. Brown chicken breast in olive oil.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place in a 9x13" baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle onion over chicken breast.
  5. Combine cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce and stir together.
  6. Pour evenly over the chicken.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 3-1/2 hours at 300 degrees.
I have served this to big groups of 50 plus and it cooks really well in a big 18 quart roaster oven. It's perfect for holiday parties and can be made ahead.

Loving how friends and food just go together.  Thanks for cheering me on!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    This really does sound good Gnee, and I’ll bet it smells great too! Sounds like Sunday dinner:@)

  2. Debbie

    I actually think your recipes are written in a way that’s EASY for me to follow. I use more of your recipes than any other place in blogland.

    Thanks to you, that husband rises and calls me blessed on a regular basis.

    Maybe I just have the kind of stuff around here that you use or something. Or… maybe I’m just a groupie so I don’t notice.

    Anyway, I love LOOOOVE this one! I think I’ll try it for Saturday night. I’ll cut it in half for my lonely table for two.

  3. ohiostar5

    Will definately try this recipe next week (we just finished the last of turkey.) I used to say “I never cook anything with more than 5 ingredients” and then all the new cookbooks came out using no more that 5 or 6 ingredients and they were just up my alley. Quick and easy is my motto. Thank you for sharing. BettyLou

  4. Cathy

    I love this way of making chicken for a crowd. It couldn’t get much easier and I just know it’s delicious. Perfect for the busy weeks ahead. Thanks for sharing this, Gnee.

  5. Julie Harward

    I’ll bet that would be good in the crock pot too! Looks wonderful 😀

  6. Dustin Olsen!

    It looks really good! It looks like it would be a Soirée in my mouth!
    Just wait for me to teach you some cool photo tricks to help your pictures really come to life!


  7. Jennifurla

    Hello chicken, looks delicious, and yes very gorgeous color.

  8. LDH

    Oh this does looks so good. 3 1/2 hours, even with chicken breast? I guess the covering with bbq and cranberry sauce keeps it moist.

  9. Julie

    Hi!! Love the flavors in this one and perfect for the season!!

  10. Holly

    This sounds awesome!! I’m printing it:)

  11. Jacqueline

    I have to disagree with her! I think your recipes are wonderful. It is nice to have both complicated and easy recipes and I have never thought yours were complicated.

    The hubby would just love this. I need to make it tonight as we were out of town and I usually do an extended family turkey dinner but didn’t this year. He adores cranberry sauce. I keep a couple of cans in my years supply just for him!

  12. Leslie

    Yum!! Gotta try this!

  13. Mary

    It is wonderful to have a recipe like this on file at this busy time of year. This sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  14. GardenofDaisies

    This looks easy and super delicious!!!! You always have the best recipes!


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