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Cranberry Sauce Chicken


Here’s a yummy recipe that the whole family & guests will enjoy! It’s not perfectly “clean” but it’s a better (“good, better, best”) alternative to the pizza before the kids run out the door for trick-or-treating.

Taking traditional recipes you loved as a kid and changing a few ingredients is a great way to take small steps to a healthier life for yourself or your family.

I substituted the regular Russian dressing & onion soup mix from a popular recipe for better ingredients.

• 6 chicken thighs/breasts
• 1 (16 ounces) can of Whole Foods 365 Organic Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
• 1 (8 ounces) bottle Annie’s Natural’s Organic Russian dressing
• 1 packet dry Simply Organic, French Onion Dip Mix

Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, which studies show may have mood-elevating effects!

1. Preheat oven to 350º degrees.
2. Place chicken pieces in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, salad dressing, and soup mix and mix well. Coat chicken pieces with this mixture.
3. Cover dish and bake at 350º degrees. for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Remove cover for the last 15 minutes of baking time.

If you want to further substitute for healthier ingredients, use onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper, instead of using the soup mix, and make your own cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries and fresh orange juice – see below.

• One 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries
• 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
• ½ cup honey
• ½ cup water
• 1 tsp zest of medium orange
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Rinse and drain cranberries.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, honey, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have popped and the mixture has thickened to your liking, about 5 to 10 minutes.
3. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the orange juice, zest, and cinnamon.

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