Skillet Chicken with Cranberries & Apples

Skillet Chicken with Cranberries & Apples

11 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2011

Celebrate the flavors of fall with chicken cooked in a fast apple-cranberry sauce. If you prefer a less tart flavor, try dried cranberries instead of fresh. Serve with quick-cooking wild rice and roasted Brussels sprouts.

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  • 1 pound chicken tenders, trimmed and cut in half on the diagonal
  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 crisp red apples, such as Braeburn, Fuji or Gala, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, quartered and sliced
  • ¾ cup apple cider or apple juice, divided
  • 1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


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  1. Sprinkle both sides of chicken tenders with ¼ teaspoon each thyme, salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add the chicken. Cook, stirring, until lightly browned on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a clean plate.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add apples, onion, 2 tablespoons cider (or juice) and the remaining ½ teaspoon each thyme and salt. Stir to combine. Cook, stirring often, until the apples and onion are softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add cranberries and sprinkle flour over everything in the pan; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Return the chicken to the pan and pour in the remaining cider (or juice). Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes more.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1¼ cups
  • Per serving: 287 calories; 10 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 26 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 19 mcg folate; 63 mg cholesterol; 17 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 89 IU vitamin A; 11 mg vitamin C; 36 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 496 mg sodium; 415 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ fruit, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 11

November 26, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Great, easy dish This chicken dish was awesome! Pros: Loved the sweet tart combo
January 03, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Way too sweet! This dish had good flavors, but it was far too sweet! The apples become sweeter as you cook them, as does the apple juice. They shouldn't be used together in a dish like this. If chicken broth were used in place of the apple juice, this may be a great dish. Ours was served over angel hair pasta. The sauce is light enough that this worked well. Pros: Healthy, interesting, easy-to-find ingredients Cons: Too much sugar from the fruit
April 11, 2014
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By: Riss422
YUMMM! This is one of our favorite recipes in our home. Its the perfect combination of ingredients. I use whole cranberry sauce (canned) which adds more texture and sweetness. We like to serve this over jasmine or basmati rice. Definitely a recipe to try! Pros: Easy, different, delicious
February 11, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Tart mish-mash of flavors This might be great with dried, sweetened cranberries, but as is, with the fresh berries, it was incredibly tart. I agree with the reviewer who suggested sauteeing the onions first, then adding the apples. I think that may have helped, along with the dried cranberries. I followed the recipe as written. Pros: Quick and easy Cons: Too tart, flavors didn't meld well
December 23, 2012
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By: Fajah Shamsid-Deen
Really awesome dish for a cold winter's night This was a great dish to make. I love the sweet fresh cranberries and the savory sauce it makes with the apples. I made this recipe exactly as instructed and it was a true success. As for this recipe, the apples where delish in conjunction with the fresh cranberries gave it a tangy and sweet taste. The onions when cooked and breaks down with the apples creates this most savory sauce (thanks to the flour) that pulls the dish together. It satisfies the sweet tooth and the savory sauce seeker in a dinner dish. I didn't think it would match but it was the perfect match of ying and yang for a dinner dish. I made this with a simple side salad and was satisfied without any complaints. Try this out and see for yourselves how great this dish comes together. A tip - I buy as many bags or pints of fresh cranberries during the season and store them in the freezer. They will store up to one year and you will have fresh cranberries throughout the year. I would always use fresh cranberries because it has just the right consistency needed for the dish. They pop when cooking but they break down really quickly with the heat and taste incredible! Pros: tangy, tasty, a new comfort food, sweet and savory for a chicken dish
November 29, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
accurate description It's good. I used pre-cooked chicken and added orange zest. Also substituted orange juice and water for the cider. The rest I kept the same. Easy, healthy and yummy. Pros: healthy and comforting Cons: needs a grain or something else with it
November 17, 2012
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By: Roxanne Russell
Tangy seasonal chicken dish Loved the tartness the fresh cranberries brought. I agree with another critic: start sauteeing the onions about 1 minute before the apple. I used a sweeter apple (all I had on hand) and that helped offset some of the tartness of the berries. Pros: Ingredients easily on hand
October 03, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Quick and delicious I followed this recipe exactly, and it was fantastic. very easy and quick to assemble. Pros: takes no time to pull together Cons: none
January 23, 2012
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By: Nancy Gibson
Great with dried cranberries DO NOT use fresh cranberries!! I made this and it was great until I added fresh cranberries. Next time I will use dried as they have sweetness. This is a really good recipes though. Easy, fast and tasty! Cons: don't use fresh cranberries! they are so tart it ruins the dish.
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