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Slow-Cooker Cranberry Chicken

I've been married for 42 years and have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. I love to collect cookbooks and try new recipes. This dish is delicious, easy and good when served with rice and a vegetable side dish. Everyone in the family loves it!—Edith Holliday, Flushing, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice


  • Place chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, barbecue sauce, onion, celery, salt and pepper; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender. Serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze cooled chicken and sauce in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Reheat in a foil-lined 13x9-in. baking dish in a preheated 325° oven until heated through, covering if necessary to prevent excess browning.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked chicken with 1/2 cup sauce: 471 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 791mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein.

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  • Connie
    Jan 3, 2021

    This cranberry chicken is definitely a keeper. There wasn’t a bite left over. Had to use cranberry sauce instead of berries (store was out) but it was still delicious.

  • KristineChayes
    Dec 29, 2020

    Delicious, tender chicken in a tangy sauce, couldn’t be easier to make! A definite keeper!

  • wkendgolf
    Dec 29, 2020

    Easy to do but not very good. Too much meat and not enough sauce like many Taste of Home recipes. I cut the sugar to 1/3 cup and added a 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper. Without the pepper, totally blah.

  • JCV4
    Nov 3, 2020

    This is so easy to put together and tastes terrific! You could make with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving to use up any leftovers you may have, too.

  • Sally
    Oct 29, 2020

    It doesn't get easier & simply delicious. Served with long-grain & wild rice & parslied carrots. I just used chicken thighs. We're just 2 so I used 4 -- but plenty of sauce to accommodate at least 6 thighs.

  • Victoria
    Oct 29, 2020

    This was definitely very easy to put together but unfortunately I just wasn’t crazy about this recipe. It was just too sweet for my taste buds. I prefer something that is much more savory so I’m going to try the chicken and mushrooms recipe that I found on this website (it’s a top-rated recipe.) To be honest, this recipe didn’t agree with my tummy either...a few hours after eating it, I felt kind of sickly. My family made no comments about this recipe which means they weren’t crazy about it. I’d pass on this one...

  • Trixy721
    Oct 27, 2020

    This is an easy delicious recipe! Keeper!

  • Maurice
    Oct 24, 2020

    Sounds good, except for the amount of sugar. As I would think it all comes from the canned cranberry sauce and the BBQ sauce, I will try to make my own sauces and sweeten them with Stevia, instead of sugar. Being a diabetic, this would work better for me.

  • sholcombe77
    Jan 24, 2017

    I though the cranberry sauce or the BBQ sauce would be overpowering one way or the other. Not at all. Flavors came together well and nothing was overpowering. Good recipe.

  • Rosemary Swope
    Jun 27, 2015

    My husband and I enjoyed this for dinner tonight. It was simple to make, a good flavor, and the chicken was very tender. I used chicken breasts. Thank you for sharing this recipe.