Previ Culinary: Cranberry Balsamic Chicken

Cranberries are in season and they aren’t just for Thanksgiving dinner. This recipe combines the sweetness of maple and balsamic along with the ever-so-tart cranberry, to produce the perfect mouthwatering sauce. Cranberries are high in antioxidants and fiber (nutritional speaking they are similar to blueberries!) so while they are in season be sure to include them where you can.


One Pan Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken

Recipe from:


  • 2 ½ chicken thighs or breasts with skin on (around 4 to 6 chicken thighs or breast)
  • Fresh thyme
  • Sprinkle of dried Italian herbs (optional)
  • 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup fresh cranberries (or previously frozen)
  • 1 tbsp. each maple syrup and balsamic vinegar mixed together to coat chicken during roasting

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cranberries
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. gluten free tamari sauce or coconut aminos (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves (or 1 tsp minced)


  1. Clean your chicken then place in a roasting or baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Prepare your marinade.
  3. Blend all the ingredients listed in the Marinade in a food processor or blender until liquified and smooth.
  4. Pour this over the chicken, coating evenly.
  5. Cover and place in fridge to marinade for 30 minutes or up to 24 hrs.
  6. Preheat oven to 375F.
  7. Remove chicken from fridge.
  8. Add your extra 1/3 to 1/2 cup cranberries, thyme, and Italian herbs to the dish. Spread it out evenly on and around the chicken.
  9. Bake skin side down first for 22 minutes.
  10. Remove and turn skin side up. Then brush each chicken skin with the maple syrup/balsamic vinegar combo.
  11. Add more seasoning (like dried herbs, salt, pepper) to the top if desired. if using fresh herbs, wait to add until after broil
  12. Broil for about 2-4 minutes or until skin is crispy and chicken is cooked evenly inside.
  13. Updated If using boneless chicken, cooking time will be around 35 minutes total.
  14. After thoroughly cooked, remove from oven.
  15. Spoon the sauce from the pan onto each chicken thigh/breast and a pinch of black pepper or cracked pepper.
  16. Serve with the roasted cranberries on top and any extra fresh herbs desired.






Megan Huard, Chef RD and Stefanie Gates, chef, are regular contributors to our blog and culinary advisors for PreviMedica. They enjoy developing recipes and creating cooking videos to share with our readers, as well as working one-on-one with our clients to teach them valuable cooking skills. You can learn more about them here and here.

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