cranberry balsamic chicken

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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 224 kcal


  • 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.