Recipe

Maple Cranberry Chicken

Recipe Information

Total Time: 

20 minutes

Servings: 

4

These delicious, festive cranberry-topped chicken breasts are a delightfully easy alternative to turkey.

Ingredients

  • 4 6-oz. chicken breast halves, boneless and without skin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. Pat the chicken breasts dry and sprinkle with thyme, coarse salt and pepper. Place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and drizzle with the olive oil. Place the chicken breasts in the pan and sear for about 2 minutes, then flip the chicken and reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pan to cook the chicken all the way through, about 4 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the breasts.
  2. While the chicken cooks, combine the cranberries, maple syrup, rosemary and salt in a small saucepan and place over high heat. When the berries start to pop and boil, reduce to medium-low heat and stir frequently until all the berries are popped and the sauce is thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  3. Serve each chicken breast with some of the sauce over the top.

Serving Suggestion

The tartness of the cranberries and flavor of the herbs will pair well with something sweet for dessert—think a scoop of apple or pear cobbler or pieces or white chocolate.

Nutritional Information

390 calories, 10 g. fat, 145 mg. cholesterol, 570 mg. sodium, 21 g. carbohydrate, 3 g. fiber , 53 g. protein