Cranberry chicken ROCKS. It may not be the prettiest looking dish, but it is SO good!
The recipe for this cranberry chicken started with a tip from one of my neighbors. My neighborhood ROCKS. When we moved into our current house 10 years ago, we had no idea what the neighborhood was like. I mean, we could tell that people cared about the area and maintained their houses and such, and we knew that the schools were good and that it was close to all kinds of shopping and amenities. But we had no idea what kind of people lived in all those nicely-kept houses, and that made us a little anxious because you never know what manner of situation you may be stepping into!
We need not have worried, because as it turned out, our neighborhood is the best kind of neighborhood. Everyone is friendly and always willing to lend a hand. One time, one of the neighbors had a problem with their furnace and therefore no heat, so a bunch of people lent their space heaters to help them keep warm until the furnace could be fixed. Another time, a tree went down in a nearby yard, and all the guys went over to see if they could lend tools and help cut the tree up and move it out of the way. Whenever we get a lot of snow, we are all out there shoveling and plowing and helping get everyone’s driveway clear. You get the idea. It is so great to know that we are all looking out for each other!
The other thing I love about the neighborhood is all the different personalities. The people are all quirky and funny and incredibly unique. And I mean that in the best way possible! I really enjoy the mix of personalities and how it all gels when we get together.
And we do get together! We have all kinds of neighborhood events. We have a Halloween party, an Easter egg hunt, and a Christmas cookie swap every year, plus a block party in the summer, and from time to time we organize a neighborhood crawl for the adults. It is so much fun to hang out with these folks. To me, it feels like a large extended family living right on the same street!
So, as I was saying, today’s recipe came from my neighbor, Ed. Ed knows I have this blog and he reads it (hi, Ed! *waving to you*), so when he and his wife, April, made this dish and loved it, he immediately sent me an email to suggest that we try it. We did, and the family loved it! Thing 2 even gave it a 4 biscuit rating! I adapted our version from the original (at SouthernLadyCooks.com) based on some other ingredients I had handy and thought might be good, and the result was tender, juicy chicken with a tangy, sweet sauce and tasty cranberries in every bite! The best part was that it was incredibly easy to make. Just throw all the ingredients together in the morning, turn on the crock pot, let it do its thing, and VOILA, eight hours later you have a home-cooked dinner that the whole family will eat up!
- 1 to 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 (14 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1 packet onion soup mix
- ½ cup light sweet and spicy French dressing
- 2 tablespoons quick cooking tapioca
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ cup water
- 4 to 5 stalks of celery, cut into bite-sized pieces
- Place chicken in the crock pot.
- Mix remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken.
- Set crock pot to low and cook for 6-8 hours.