Cranberry Chicken

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Jennifer S. from Maryland.

Portions: 6

Serving size: 1 chicken breast with 1/2 cup of sauce


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 16 ounces canned whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 


  1. Chop onion.
  2. Preheat oil in a large skillet. Add onion and sauté until clear.
  3. Add chicken and cook for 3–4 minutes on each side.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl combine ketchup, dry mustard, cranberry sauce, packed brown sugar and vinegar. Stir until mixed and pour into skillet.
  5. Cover and cook on medium heat for 15–20 minutes.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  346
  • Protein  31 g
  • Carbohydrates  42 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  85 mg
  • Sodium  248 mg
  • Potassium  330 mg
  • Phosphorus  242 mg
  • Calcium  27 mg
  • Fiber  1.4 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 4 meat
  • 1 fruit
  • 1-1/2 high calorie 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Serve with white rice and green beans for a complete kidney friendly meal.
  • Use Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend to reduce carbohydrate content if you have diabetes.
  • Another way to reduce carbohydrate is to substitute 1-1/2 cups of frozen cranberries in place of whole-berry cranberry sauce and add low calorie sweetener to desired sweetness.
  • For a lower sodium dish use no added salt ketchup without potassium chloride.
  • Cut large chicken breast-halves in half for 6 pieces.
  • Use chicken thighs or legs if you like dark-meat chicken. 
  • Adjust the chicken portion to match your meal plan if you are on a lower protein diet. 

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Flotina says:

Made this last night. Really liked it. Will reduce sugar by a tablespoon and increase vinegar next time. Used skinless thighs, and salt free catsup.

Nov. 06, 2014, 5:29 AM - Inappropriate review?
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This is a great receipe. We love it!

Oct. 05, 2014, 1:43 PM - Inappropriate review?
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JeffinBR says:

This recipe is delicious. I didn't make a single change to it.

Jul. 22, 2014, 2:24 PM - Inappropriate review?
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Tried this the other day and man was it good! I would highly recommend this to anybody! Good flavor!

May. 30, 2014, 4:20 AM - Inappropriate review?
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Linda39 says:

Unbelievably good! It took only a few minutes to put the sauce together, while the chicken was browning. By the time I had the salad and veg. ready so was the chicken. I used thighs(two)so used a thermometer because of the thickness. Dinner was ready in 30-40 minutes. I made the whole sauce recipe but only used enough to cover the thighs so I have enough left over to have again tonight with breasts. Hubby loved it and wants more!

May. 29, 2014, 8:34 AM - Inappropriate review?
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oshaunmd says:

When I made this recipe I didn't have any chicken breasts so I used tenderloins. No matter whether breasts or tenderloins, 3-4 minutes cooking per side wasn't long enough to brown the chicken . As a result not only myself but my daughter and my husband (he wouldn't even try it) found this a little off-putting. But I must say, the taste was very good. So next time, I will brown the chicken. I also used homemade whole cranberry sauce which was very flavorful.

Jan. 25, 2014, 3:19 PM - Inappropriate review?
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jct957 says:

Make this recipe quite often and love it!

Sep. 26, 2013, 1:22 PM - Inappropriate review?
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Charlene58 says:

This is absolutely delicious! I used unsalted ketchup for lower sodium and it was still very tasty. Even my future daughter-in-law, who dislikes cranberries, loved this chicken recipe. The chicken was very tender and moist.

Jan. 01, 2013, 8:36 PM - Inappropriate review?
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vhorvath says:

This was so easy and tasted so good, hubby loved it, will make this at least twice a month

Aug. 11, 2012, 5:12 PM - Inappropriate review?
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Kirbydaisy says:

your Cranberry Chicken receipe looks great. I can't wait to try it.

Oct. 17, 2011, 5:35 PM - Inappropriate review?
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marlepowe says:

I made this several times and I love it.

Jul. 30, 2011, 10:41 AM - Inappropriate review?
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CrystalH says:

This was an amazing recipe, my husband's not big on the chicken recipes I make, but he liked this, the sweetness from the cranberries made it more of a comfort food and made it seem like it was a little less like the healthy food that it is!

Feb. 04, 2011, 8:15 AM - Inappropriate review?
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chimom says:

Very tasty recipe! Good way to get those healthy cranberries into your diet!!

May. 19, 2010, 9:52 AM - Inappropriate review?
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We tried this the same evening we received the newsletter. I can't say enough good things about this recipe. It is absolutely delicious! Definitely a keeper and one we will repeat in the future. Thanks.

May. 13, 2010, 11:44 AM - Inappropriate review?
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jandec40 says:

This is one of the most deliciaous recipes we have tried. My husband prefers pork to chicken but thought this recipe was excellent. I love trying your recipes for the crockpot and for the variety you provide on a fairly dull renal diet.

May. 11, 2010, 8:39 AM - Inappropriate review?
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slank001 says:

We eat a lot of chicken and this recipe was absolutely delicious. -- Brenda

Apr. 09, 2010, 7:00 AM - Inappropriate review?
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csleightca says:

I'd like to see some kidney-friendly recipes I can make in my crock pot. I am a working, single mother, and need all the timesavers I can find.

Apr. 02, 2010, 1:59 PM - Inappropriate review?
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This sauce is very tasty, but I agree with another review that there seems to be too much potassium, phosphorus and sodium.. good though!

Mar. 31, 2010, 11:38 AM - Inappropriate review?
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This sounds delicious, but is it really kidney friendly? I worry about the amount of protein, sodium, potassium and phosphorus. Moderator comment: The portion could be adjusted to for a lower protein diet, and you could use a no salt ketchup like Hunt's to reduce the sodium (avoid the brands with potassium chloride). On average, an ounce of meat or poultry provides 100 mg potassium and 65 mg phosphorus. This recipe is in range with 4 ounces of chicken.

Mar. 30, 2010, 3:26 PM - Inappropriate review?

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