Cranberry-Balsamic Chicken Thighs


To round out this healthy chicken dinner recipe, put some farro on to cook before you start cooking the chicken. Add some steamed broccoli and serve with a glass of pinot noir.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ cups cranberries, thawed if frozen

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish


  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, skin-side down, reduce heat to medium and cook, undisturbed, until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Remove all but 1 tablespoon fat from the pan.

  2. Turn the chicken over and add cranberries, vinegar, honey and thyme to the pan. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part without touching bone reaches 165 degrees F, 10 to 12 minutes.

  3. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Increase heat to high, add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook uncovered, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Serve the chicken with the sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
18g Fat
16g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 thigh & 3 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 9g 18%
Protein 23g 45%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Vitamin A 178IU 4%
Vitamin C 6mg 6%
Folate 6mcg 2%
Sodium 364mg 16%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 23mg 6%
Potassium 219mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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