Cranberry Barbecue Chicken

I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday. We’re now in the days before New Year’s, and I couldn’t resist sharing this recipe. This tasty and easy dish is perfect for this time of year. Have left over cranberry sauce? Add it to a spicy barbecue sauce for a wonderful chicken meal with rice, mashed potatoes, or pasta. You can use a whole cut up chicken or specific parts like legs and thighs. I like using bone-in chicken for greater flavor, but you could use boneless, skinless chicken. You can also adapt the recipe to use with turkey legs or meatballs too. For any changes, you may have to adapt amounts of ingredients in sauce or cooking time depending on meat weight chosen. If you’re still eating left overs, try this sauce with turkey or ham sandwiches. It’s very versatile.

Cranberry Barbecue Chicken

Use organic when available. Serves 4 to 6


Cranberry Barbecue Chicken

Cranberry barbecue chicken is perfect from fall through the holidays. It's a great way to use left over cranberry sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry, cranberry bbq chicken
Servings 5


  • 2 to 3 lb whole chicken into pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 red medium onion chopped
  • 1 to 2 tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can of whole cranberry sauce or homemade
  • 1 cup spicy barbecue sauce (or your favorite)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
  • Spray 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray or grease
  • Add olive oil to large skillet over medium high heat
  • Add salt and pepper to chicken
  • Place chicken parts in skillet and brown on both sides
  • Remove chicken and place in baking dish skin side up
  • In pan drippings sauté onion and celery for about 2 minutes
  • Add garlic and cayenne pepper and sauté for 1 minute
  • Stir in barbecue sauce and cranberry sauce
  • Bring to a light simmer and mix well
  • Set aside 1/2 cup of sauce
  • Pour rest of barbecue cranberry sauce over chicken
  • Cook uncovered about 50 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked through
  • Baste about every 15 minutes
  • Garnish with herbs and a spoon of left over sauce
  • Goes well with brown rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes

Happy New Year!

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

11 thoughts to “Cranberry Barbecue Chicken”

  1. Looks delicious. Hope you’re enjoying this holiday season and all the best for the coming year, dear Carol.

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