Cranberry chicken is a different way to serve chicken.

Cranberry Chicken

Crock Pot Cranberry Chicken is an easy recipe.  Just throw all the ingredients in the crock pot and in a few hours you have a great way to serve chicken! This recipe could be doubled if you are feeding several people.  This makes a wonderful main dish to serve friends and family.  Just add a vegetable side dish and a salad for a complete meal.  My family loves chicken made this way as a weeknight meal or just anytime you want to have an easy way to prepare chicken.  You could make this with other chicken pieces and I have even made pork chops this way, too. This chicken keeps well for several days in the refrigerator and could be reheated in the oven or microwave.  We love this recipe with mashed potatoes.

Cranberry chicken will be great on your weekly menu.

2 or 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (could use legs or thighs or a whole chicken)
1 regular sized can whole cranberry sauce
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons quick cooking tapioca (Optional)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Combine all the ingredients, mix well,  pour over chicken, cook for 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low.  Spoon sauce over chicken before serving. 
Cranberry Chicken The Southern Lady Cooks 

Crock Pot Cranberry Chicken

The Southern Lady Cooks
This Crock Pot Cranberry Chicken is super easy and absolutely delicious. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, southern


  • 2 or 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (could use legs or thighs or a whole chicken)
  • 1 regular sized can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons quick cooking tapioca Optional
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  • Combine all the ingredients, mix well, pour over chicken, cook for 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low. Spoon sauce over chicken before serving.
Keyword Cranberry Chicken, Crock Pot Chicken, Crock Pot Cranberry Chicken, Easy Crock Pot
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  1. Lois A Showalter says:

    Such a yummy recipe! I love all your recipes!5 stars

  2. Do you cook the chicken in the cranberry sauce

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, that is what the directions state in the recipe.

  3. Paulette Balda says:

    I purchased 4 bone and skinless cooked chicken breasts at Sam’s for 3.99 total. I usually freeze 2 breasts and cook with the remaining 2. Usually making chicken salad, but after reading your cranberry recipe this morning, I made your recipe. In addition, I added a Knoor chicken bouillon cube & 1 1/2 cups of water into a crockpot. Cooked on low for 2 hours, the cranberry sauce served on top of the chicken was delicious. Menu was fresh microwaved acorn squash, dinner rolls and your recipe + chicken bouillon. Hubby and i agree it was a special meal.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So glad you enjoyed this recipe Paulette. We love this one too ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I forward these to my daughter. She and her husband work all day and are feeding 2 teenagers. Easy and tasty recipes are always welcome.

  5. Can this recipe be doubled? Would like to make for covered dish dinner.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I think you could double it Emma with no problem.

  6. Reba Reynolds says:

    I made this yesterday and we loved it. My husband usually does not eat anything with cranberries but he wants me to make this one again soon. Reba R.

  7. This is a recipe that friends and I have used for a long time for meatballs, fresh or frozen. Makes a great potluck take-a-long to feed a crowd. Cook uncovered and the sauce thickens on it’s on without the tapioca because no liquid cooks out of the meatballs. Coats them perfectly and remember it’s football season.

  8. put it over white rice,, so so good ๐Ÿ™‚ used boneless thighs.

  9. I made this for lunch today. I put it on before I went to church and it was ready when I got home. I served it with rice and a vegetable. It was delicious. Will definitely make again. It was even better at supper.

  10. Judy, I told you the next time I made this I would ‘mix it up’ a bit. Well, I did this with a pork tenderloin and it was AWESOME. The only thing I switched out was the pork for the chicken. Give it try sometime, and thanks again.

  11. Judy, I did make this last night for dinner. I did the 4 hours on high, I didn’t change a thing and it was wonderful. The cup and a half of the homemade cranberry sauce was perfect. Sweet and savory. My husband is still talking about it this morning!! Since I like to ‘mix things up a bit’, the next time I’m going to try this with a pork tenderloin. Thanks again and keep up the good work!!!

  12. I have eaten this chicken recipe for more than 50 years, my mother made it for us as children. I raised my children on it growing up and they cooked it for their children. Recipe has been passed down to my grandchildren and their new family begginings. I just bake mine for an hour in the oven. My recipe call’s for fewer ingredients than yours. Very good quick meal I will agree

  13. Jan Gifford says:

    do you work outside your home?? i started things in the morning before i left (or when i came home for lunch) so it would be ready for dinner

  14. Sandra B. says:

    Can you use just cranberry sauce without the whole berries? or, do you need to use the kind with berries? Thanks, this looks like a wonderful recipe.

    1. Hi Sandra, I use the kind with berries. I guess you could use the sauce without the berries but it might not be as thick a salad.

      1. Sandra B. says:

        Thank-you so much, I am rounding up crock-pot recipes for my son who is single, working, and in school.

  15. Any suggestions on something simple (other than potatoes) to serve as a side dish??

  16. Made this tonight. Served it with mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas. I used skinless thighs, because thats what I had. It was VERY GOOD. I can see this on pork chops too. Thanks for a great recipe.

  17. Okay, now you’ve got me intrigued with this recipe…will pull out my new crockpot ( I got a nice fancy on last year that has the timers on in and adjusts the heat…compared to the 2 old hand-me-downs I use for get togethers)…Sound good…

  18. I could not live without my crockpots! I have five. I use them at Thanksgiving and Christmas to keep stuff warm and also to cook in. Love my crockpots!

    1. lyntrinix says:

      Gosh! FIVE crockpots!? That’s really alot (to me)! But I love your idea using all your crockpots to keep your food warm during these occasions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. I just love my crockpot… this looks like such a quick recipe too. It’s 7:30 a.m. here and I’m starving… this looks sooo delicious!!

  20. I made this for my family tonight. It was DELICIOUS. I can’t wait to try more recipes from your blog. Sooooo yummy.

  21. Wow, this looks absolutely delicious. Definitely my kind of recipe: put in a slow cooker and come back to it after a day of work!

    I will definitely try this next week after we’ve done the weekly shop!