Cranberry Rosemary Roast Chicken

‘Tis the holiday season and that means preparing holiday recipes. I love this Cranberry Rosemary Roast Chicken for a holiday dinner. It is so delicious, with so many incredible flavors, and a good go to for this time of the year.

This year is definitely a different kind of holiday season. This year has been a different kind of year. But nonetheless we all still want to enjoy the holiday flavors and make it festive. Having a recipe on hand like this cranberry rosemary roast chicken is a great go to. Especially for small gatherings, as most will be.

Cranberry and rosemary are incredible pairing of flavors and aromas. The tartness of cranberries with the rich warming herbal flavor of rosemary just warms me up just thinking about it and writing it now. The extra bonus of this recipe is that your house will smell amazing when you roast it. There is nothing like fresh rosemary hitting the oven to make your house smell like a winter feast.


During this season many worry about the potential of weight gain, and eating too many rich dishes. This recipe is one that won’t make you feel that way at all. It may seem decadent with the incredible aromas, but nutritionally it is an excellent holiday recipe filled with so many health benefits. Let’s break it down.

Cranberries are in season in the fall and winter. They are a winter fruit. Of course eating them on their own is not very delicious because they are extremely tart. Usually the only way to eat cranberry is cook it down and add a lot of sugar. But for this recipe we don’t have to do that. We are going to balance the flavors with natural ingredients.

Cranberries are an excellent source of anti-oxidants. Boosting your body with anti-oxidants is one of the best ways to help fight off disease, inflammation, improve your immune response, and reduce cell damage.

Using chicken legs or chicken thighs increases your vitamin and mineral intake as well. In addition the use of the dark meat of chicken aids increasing the fat content of the dish, which helps to reduce any blood sugar spike. Around this time of the year it is important to reduce the potential of blood sugar spikes and keep your meals as balanced as possible.

Cranberry Rosemary Roast Chicken

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1/3 cup Fresh Cranberries rinsed
  • 1/4 cup White Wine
  • 3 TBLS Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 3 TBLS TBLS Olive Oil
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • A pinch of pepper


  • 6-8 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs if using bone-in chicken increase your time of cooking to 45 minutes or until chicken has reached an internal temp of 165
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cranberries
  • Salt and Pepper each chicken thigh
  • 1 sprig Fresh Rosermary extra for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a blender add all the ingredients: cranberries, white wine, maple syrup, olive oil, salt + pepper, orange juice, and rosemary. Blend for a few seconds to break apart the cranberries but not puree them.
  • Place the chicken in a baking dish. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Evenly pour the cranberry mixture from the blender over the chicken. Let this sit for 5-10 minutes at room temp.
  • Top with a few extra cranberries. Pop the baking dish in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Before the dish is done, carefully remove it and add the remaining rosemary and cranberries. Bake for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Alexandra Golovac, Health Coach

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