cranberry chicken with gravy

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a recipe by
Rainn Thomas
Akron, OH

I originally made this because i was sick of typical roasted chicken and had a can of whole cranberry sauce that someone gave me. So the birth of a family heirloom recipe has begun. As my fiance' said "I don't like cranberry sauce at all, but that was awesome." Then he told me I should post it, so here it is. Don't be afraid to use your hands on this one. the whole cranberries make it difficult to use a brush. This also works well in a rotisserie, but remember to tie the chicken closed and stuff the neck otherwise you will lose the cranberry inside.

★★★★★ 1
serves 4-6
prep time 10 Min
cook time 2 Hr 10 Min
method Roast

Ingredients For cranberry chicken with gravy

  • 1
    roaster chicken, whole
  • 1 can
    cranberry sauce, whole cranberries
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 Tbsp

How To Make cranberry chicken with gravy

  • 1
    Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  • 2
    Pour water into your roasting pan.
  • 3
    Prep chicken by removing any left over pinfeathers, etc.
  • 4
    Place 1/2 of the cranberry sauce in the internal cavity of the chicken and smoosh it all around with your hand.
  • 5
    Place small cuts into the skin of the chicken and then use the rest of the sauce as a rub and cover the chicken, making sure that the sauce stays on the chicken (not forgetting to rub the sides, bottom and under the wings and legs).
  • 6
    Place chicken in roaster and roast on 350F for 2 hrs.
  • 7
    After chicken is done, remove from the pan and let rest 10 mins before carving (this allows the juice to settle and keeps it juicy for serving).
  • 8
    Pour the drippings (cranberries and all) into a small sauce pan for gravy and heat on medium until just before boiling.
  • 9
    Dip about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of drippings into another bowl, add cornstarch and mix with a whip until smooth.
  • 10
    Add cornstarch mix to saucepan and bring to a slow boil, then turn down to simmer and continue stirring to keep from sticking or scorching.
  • 11
    After it thickens, remove from heat and pour into a gravy dish.
  • 12
    Carve chicken and serve with gravy poured over the chicken.