If you are all turkey-ed out after the Thanksgiving Day feast, then today’s recipe is for you! I put together this Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe as a tasty and festive alternative to turkey for holiday dinners. Truthfully, I’m not a big fan of turkey. And neither is most of my family. But we serve it every year because…well…tradition.

So this year, I decided to serve this holiday chicken recipe, in addition to the traditional turkey. I figured this would be a good test to see what people really preferred. And let me just say that there was not even one tiny piece of that chicken left! It was love and devoured. And much easier to cook than that turkey! It’s sweet, salty and a bit tangy, hotting all the flavor notes that I crave.

At just 5 Smart Points per serving, this dish is waaaaaaaay lighter than turkey smothered in gravy. And a lot more flavorful. So, if you are open to ditching the turkey, try swapping out this tasty Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe for your holiday meal instead. And make sure you come back to tell us all what your family thought!

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Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe
A delicious holiday chicken recipe that is both sweet and savory, and all cooked in one pan. It’s simple to put together, but delivers tender and juicy chicken that looks like you've worked way too hard on it.
Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken
Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
6 servings 10 minutes 25 minutes 2-24 hours
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs skinless, boneless
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries divided
  • 2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • handful of fresh thyme sprigs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place chicken in a large roasting pan or baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of the cranberries. Pour over chicken. Cover and place in refrigerator to marinate for 1-2 hours, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Add remaining cranberries to the dish. Spread around evenly. Top with fresh thyme sprigs.
  4. Roast in the oven for about 25-28 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through, basting with the pan juices every 5-8 minutes.
  5. Then turn oven up to broil. Broil for another 2-4 minutes. Top with extra fresh thyme before serving.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is about 1-2 thighs with sauce
Each serving = 5 Points*
*based only on ingredients that have an SP Freestyle Value

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 334mg 14%
Potassium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 6.3g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 4g
Protein 27g 54%
Calcium 35%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I love your recipes! Thank you so much for posting this. Trying it tomorrow and if it works out I’ll make it for my family get together for Christmas. I would love it if you posted more than just one picture of your final dish.

    And as for the folks not knowing how to print. Select the text, right click copy and paste into Word or a similar program even a blank email would work and then print.

  2. I just made this recipe and it was delicious. The only problem was that I had to guess on the amount of olive oil to use. The olive oil is not listed until the instructions.

  3. your recipes are great but you keep failing to answer the question of


    a recipe is quite useless to me unless I have it beside me when I’m cooking and it’s impossible to move my office to the kitchen

    • Jessica Young Reply

      If you can copy the text and then paste in WORD, that may help you out.

  4. Olive oil is mentioned in the directions but is not included in the list of ingredients. How much?

  5. We haven’t actually eaten this yet, I just have it marinating now. But in the directions you say “wisk together olive oil, soy sauce….” etc. but there is no olive oil listed in the ingredients. I guessed at 1/4 cup, same as the balsamic, but if that’s way off, the points will be different. Also, you list fresh cranberries….but uncooked, fresh whole cranberries can’t really add any flavor to the marinade, so I roughly chopped them up. We’ll see how this turns out….

    • Okay, another question….the instructions don’t say if you drain the marinade before cooking, seems like you’d want to keep those cranberries in the baking dish.

      • LaaLoosh Reply

        That’s correct. The chicken cooks in the marinade. So no draining is necessary. :)

  6. Hedy Greenfield Reply

    Why are your recipes not set up for printing just the recipe?

  7. Sounds yummy. The olive oil is missing from the recipe. How much did you use? And spy sauce? Think you need to proofread your recipes a little better. (So it will “hit” all the right notes too.)

    • LaaLoosh Reply

      It’s 1 tbsp of olive oil. I corrected the recipe…thanks for catching that!

      • I didn’t even realize there was olive oil in the recipe and didn’t use it and it was just fine.

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