Jalapeno Cranberry Chicken

Grab up some fresh cranberries and make this tasty chicken recipe! 

cranberry jalapeno chicken www.createdbydiane.com


While it’s cranberry season there is no better time to make all things CRANBERRY!

This dish is a little spicy and a little sweet and a little tart and FULL of flavor,

so many reasons to love it…

Simple ingredients 

quick and easy

super tasty

looks gorgeous

and it another item to your list of recipes for no more boring chicken.

Do you have such a list? It helps to mix things up, don’t you think? We all need options and if you’re like me chicken is a go-to item when making dinner. 

I love the combination of jalapeno and cranberries in this recipe as well as in these other great, flavorful recipes…

I have a Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce recipe a Cranberry Cornbread recipe and Cranberry Jalapeno Brussels Sprouts recipe already posted.

Jalapeno Cranberry Chicken Recipe from www.createdbydiane,com


Be sure to pick up some extra cranberries:

the next time your shopping and don’t forget they freeze great too

if you want to enjoy some cranberries long after the season ends you’ll have tucked away safely in the freezer.




cranberry jalapeno chicken from www.createdbydiane.com (1)


Other great flavor options for this dish is to add rosemary, garlic, onions, or mushrooms feel free to add them into this dish.

I love cooking in a Cast Iron Skillet and am so glad I have the lid for it that fits well, you’ll be using a skillet and lid to cook this recipe.


Jalapeno Cranberry Chicken

Slightly sweet, spicy and tangy is a winning combination in this easy chicken dish.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 2 servings


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 2-4 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • If your chicken breasts are really thick, carefully cut them thinner by fileting them.
  • Over high heat, heat skillet. I use a cast-iron skillet that holds good heat, sears the food nicely.
  • Add the oil and stir in the jalapeno.
  • Add the chicken.
  • Brown the chicken on each side, once the browning is done, add a couple of tablespoons of water and put a lid on the pan, turn the heat to medium.
  • The steam will help cook the chicken quickly and allow it to stay tender.
  • After 5 minutes add the cranberries to the pan around the chicken.
  • Depending on how thick your chicken is will determine how long it'll take to cook it, use a thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°. The cranberries will be soft if pressed.
  • Then remove the pan from the heat add salt and pepper to taste and serve.


If you're looking to make a sauce for the chicken you can add a cup of cranberry juice or chicken broth with 2 teaspoons cornstarch to the pan at the end of cooking and bring the sauce to a low boil to thicken.




  1. I just love everything about this dish, I keep cranberries in the freezer so I can enjoy them all year long. I remember reading you do that too on another cranberry recipe. This one is a keeper.

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