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Cranberry Chicken (Slow-Cooker and Instant Pot)

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This sweet and savory dish will impress everyone at your next family dinner. It’s festive, tasty, and TENDER! With both slow-cooker and Instant Pot directions it is so EASY! This is a fool-proof recipe, folks.  To complete the meal, I serve this with garlic mashed potatoes and Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. Update 2/9/2022: I concocted a dynamite recipe for homemade Catalina Dressing. If you prefer not to use the bottled stuff, this recipe takes just 5 minutes to whip up and it works GREAT in this chicken. Enjoy!

Instant Pot (or Slow-Cooker) Cranberry Chicken

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Options makes this festive dish easy to serve a crowd.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 229kcal
Author Megan


  • 5 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (about 2.5 pounds)
  • 12 ounce Fresh Cranberries
  • 8 ounces Zesty Catalina Dressing
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

Catalina Dressing

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce Braggs Liquid Aminos for Gluten-free option
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Mashed Potatoes

  • 8-10 Russet potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Ingredients


Slow-Cooker Directions: (Thawed Chicken)

  • Place THAWED chicken breasts in bottom of slow-cooker.
  • Sort out mushy cranberries and rinse them with water in a strainer. Top chicken with cranberries.
  • Pour dressing over the chicken and sprinkle with garlic salt and pie spice.
  • Cook chicken on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
  • Without removing from the crock pot, cut chicken into 1 inch cubes with kitchen shears or a metal spatula.
  • Serve with rice or potatoes and Kale Salad.

Instant Pot Directions: (Frozen Chicken)

  • If using the Instant Pot, you can use FROZEN chicken breasts. Add 1/2 Cup of Chicken broth to the above ingredients. Set to High Pressure for 18 minutes, and manually release the pressure.

Catalina Dressing

  • Add all ingredients except olive oil into a blender. Mix on high, slowly pouring in the olive oil for 1 minute.

Mashed Potatoes

  • Wash, chop and boil for approximately 15 minutes or until potatoes are very soft.
  • Drain potatoes and return to pot. Add butter and Greek yogurt and mash the potatoes. I like to use an electric mixer.


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