Chicken Breasts with Maple Cranberry Sauce

You’ll want to drink this maple cranberry sauce, but try to refrain because you’ll love it over a boneless skinless chicken breast. This will become a family favorite! 

Chicken Breasts with Maple Cranberry Sauce - find the recipe on RachelCooks.com

You all know my love for boneless skinless chicken breasts. Always a must in the freezer — kept stocked for quick and easy dinners. Healthy, too. They’re versatile — throw them in soup, grill them, or just bake them and smother them in a delicious sauce like this one.

This sauce quickly became a favorite of both Ben and me. It’s a little bit of a splurge since it contains a 1/2 cup of real maple syrup plus a cup of wine so it’s probably not a budget friendly recipe but it is SO delicious. I mean, how can anything with a 1/2 cup of maple syrup NOT be delicious? E loved it too — no surprise there. It’s sweet and addicting. N didn’t like it, but he doesn’t like anything.

Chicken Breasts with Maple Cranberry Sauce - find the recipe on RachelCooks.com

The best part of this maple cranberry sauce (besides its deliciousness) is that it’s easy to make and I almost always have the ingredients on hand in my pantry. I just bake the chicken breasts and while they are cooking, I prep this sauce. On the back burner, of course. Safety first people. My little man is grabby and into evvvvverything.

The sauce is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Sauté some finely diced onions in flavorful olive oil. Add in sweet maple syrup, fragrant red wine, and chewy dried cranberries. Cook until that alcohol is cooked out and the cranberries are big and soft. Add in some cornstarch and you’re left with a thick and indulgent sauce. No dried-up boring chicken breasts anymore.

Chicken Breasts with Maple Cranberry Sauce - find the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Chicken Breasts with Maple Cranberry Sauce

You’ll want to drink this maple cranberry sauce, but try to refrain because you’ll love it over a boneless skinless chicken breast. This will become a family favorite!

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Ingredients:

  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced very small
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (not artificial!)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons water

Directions:

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook as desired (I baked mine in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes). You can bake them, pan fry them, grill, or poach. Whatever you prefer.
  2. While the chicken cooks, prepare the sauce. In a small sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onions until translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add wine, syrup, and cranberries. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce heat slightly (medium-high heat). Cook for five minutes, stirring.
  4. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl with a whisk or a fork. While stirring sauce, stir in cornstarch/water mixture, reduce heat to medium and continue to cook for about a minute or until thickened. Serve sauce over cooked chicken.

 

adapted generously from Just Bare Chicken

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: I LOVE this recipe.

Husband’s take: This is one of his favorites.

Changes I would make: None are necessary.

Difficulty: Easy!

 

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11 comments

  1. My family and I enjoyed this recipe very much. In fact, my mom, the Italian mama cook in the family, gave the the ultimate compliment by comparing this meal to meals that my b-i-l, a gourmet chef creates. I couldn’t ask for a better compliment to my cooking, which is sub par at best most days. I thought the sauce was too thick with 4tsp corn starch, although still delicious. Thank you for sharing, Rachel!

    Rating: 4.5
  2. That was exactly what I was looking for to serve with a dish of chicken I will prepare for a family special reunion next week. Thanks for sharing !

    Rating: 5
  3. Loving this! I’m a New Englander at heart, so putting maple syrup on everything is pretty standard fair. This looks FAB!

  4. my family would love this, it’s a healthier variation of my cranberry chicken

  5. Yes yes and yes again, this chicken looks so delicious and simple to make. Definitely a must make, and with cranberry season coming up soon here in WI I’m definitely book marking this!

  6. Well, isn’t that just gorgeous! Me want.

  7. i could definitely see this for special dinner nights.

  8. This looks so good – I love love a sweet sauce on proteins!

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