Three chicken thighs on a plate with Cranberry Orange sauce and cooked broccoli.


Cranberry Orange Chicken is one of those sweet, sticky oven baked dishes that everyone loves. Serve it with rice to soak up all the sauce!

In Canada fresh cranberries start showing up in grocery stores along with pumpkins in early October in time for Canadian Thanksgiving. At this time of year I always pick up a few cans of cranberry sauce because I know that at some point in the next several weeks I will be making this Cranberry Orange Chicken.

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How To Cook with a Seasonal Strategy

To me seasonal cooking is a great strategy for everyday survival. It is a way to add variety without requiring research and recipe testing. Everyone needs easy tried-and-true recipes that appeal to the people you cook for. For me it is not always fresh produce that dictates my menu but also foods that are in season. Regardless of whether the food is fresh, frozen or canned there is no denying that cranberries and pumpkin are in season every autumn.

Not all foods are delicious canned and some are down right awful. But two foods that are perfectly acceptable to me out of a can are cranberry sauce and pumpkin puree. So as soon as the leaves start to fall and you hear talk about pumpkin spice I get both of these in my pantry.

I buy fresh cranberries too and I know I can toss them in the freezer if I don’t get to use them in a week or two. They will definitely end up in some of these recipes in the next few months.

Canned Cranberry Sauce and Canned Pumpkin

Fresh or Frozen Cranberries

When the holiday rush is over cranberries and pumpkin will fall off my radar and I’m okay with that. Sure enough they will reappear next October and I’ll get to make some of these favourite recipes all over again. Cranberry Orange Chicken is always one of them.

Let me know in the comments below if you have a favourite cranberry recipe.

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Cranberry Orange Chicken

This is one of those sweet, sticky oven baked dishes that everyone loves. Perfect for any fall dinner including a simple Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving.
Author: Cinde Little
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: Cranberry Orange Chicken
Servings: 6 people


  • 12 bone-in chicken thighs


  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce (14 oz/397 g)
  • cup honey
  • ¼ cup orange juice concentrate
  • ¼ cup gluten free soy sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine sauce ingredients in saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, decrease heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Put chicken in large baking dish and pour sauce over top.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 1-1½ hours basting chicken with sauce half way through the cooking time.


Serve this sweet sticky chicken with steamed broccoli and lots of rice to soak up the delicious sauce. 
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