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Skillet Orange Cranberry Chicken

An orange cranberry chicken recipe made with boneless chicken breasts, whole berry cranberry sauce, orange juice, sweet onion, and spices.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 405kcal
Author Amee


  • Skillet


  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour can also use gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 24 oz chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • cup sweet onion very finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup orange juice freshly squeezed, or not from concentrate juice
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon *see notes
  • 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce *see notes
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • fresh parsley *optional for garnish


  • Using a meat mallet, pound out the chicken breasts lightly to an even thickness.
  • Combine the flour and seasoned salt in a sealable bag and shake to mix.
  • Add the chicken breasts, one at a time. and shake to coat. Shake off any excess flour and set aside.
  • Heat the butter and olive oil in a large, non-stick, skillet over medium heat until butter is just melted.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the pan and cook for about 4 minutes on one side, until lightly browned.
  • Flip the breasts over and cook for 1 more minute, then add the minced garlic and onions to the pan and continue to cook for 3 more minutes, stirring the onions occasionally, until the onions are soft and the chicken has lightly browned on both sides.
  • Stir the chicken bouillon into the orange juice and add to the pan to deglaze. Add the cranberry sauce and paprika, stir to mix well.
  • Turn down the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. with a meat thermometer.
  • If you want to thicken the sauce a bit, uncover when cooking time is done, and turn the heat up to medium. Cook 2-3 minutes more until sauce has thickened.


*For the bouillon, I highly recommend Better Than Bouillon roasted chicken base for the best flavor. If making a gluten-free version, just make sure that your bouillon is gluten-free. Herb-Ox granulated bouillon is a gluten-free option.
*Homemade cranberry sauce is a winner in this dish. This easy cranberry sauce recipe takes only 10 minutes to make with a few simple ingredients. Whip it up 1-2 days in advance before making this dish to save time. 
*Nutrition info for this dish is for 4 (6 oz) servings. You can easily reduce the portion size using 6 (4 oz) chicken breasts. The nutrition for 6 servings would be 270 calories; 25 g protein; 25 g carbs; 7 g fat.


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 744mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg