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Cranberry Walnut Chicken Thighs

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings 1x


Tender juicy chicken thighs braised with herbs and spices for delightfully crispy skin and simmered with red wine, walnuts, fresh cranberries and herbs for a rich, tart sauce perfect for the holidays.


  • 4 pounds (about 6 to 7 chicken thighs) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, whole, raw
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 3 cloves garlic


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  Remove the chicken thighs from package and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper, resting on the plate skin side up.  Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves.
  3. Heat a large, oven safe sauté pan or cast iron skillet over high heat.  Add the olive oil and heat until it is shiny and hot.  Braise the chicken thighs skin side down until the skin is golden brown and crispy, about 8 to 10 minutes.  Turn thighs over and let braise on the other side for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from heat.  Transfer chicken thighs to a plate.  Carefully remove almost all of the grease from the pan to a heat proof bowl.
  5. Return the pan to medium high heat and deglaze the pan with red wine.  Cook for 1 minutes then stir in the balsamic vinegar, chicken stock, unsalted butter to the sauce.  Sprinkle walnuts, cranberries, and garlic around the pan between the chicken thighs.
  6. Slide the chicken thighs and any juices back to the pan.  Place the pan in the oven and finish cooking at 375°F for 20 to 25 minutes.


If you prefer a thicker, gravy style sauce: stir 2 teaspoons of corn starch into 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons water.  With the sauce simmering on low heat, slowly stir in the cornstarch mixture and whisk together for 1 to 2 minutes until it begins to thicken.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chicken thighs, cranberry walnut chicken thighs, cranberry chicken recipes, one pan chicken

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