Sunday 21 December 2014

Cranberry Roast Chicken and Pumpkin

Cranberry sauce or cranberry jelly is a sauce or relish made out of cranberries, commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner.

I bought a can of Ocean Spray® Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce. Glad to find some online recipes by Ocean Spray ... tried out this easy cranberry roast chicken. I used pumpkin instead of sweet potatoes.

We liked the sweet tangy cranberry sauce with tender roasted chicken.

Recipe source : Oceanspray
Below my slightly modified version as I have replaced with pumpkins and halved the recipe.

Cranberry Roast Chicken and Pumpkin 
Makes 2 servings

200g pumpkin, thinly sliced
2 boneless chicken breast (cut fairly thick chunks and seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon of salt for about 15 minutes)
200g Ocean Spray® Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
40ml olive or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 180°C.
Rinse pumpkin, peeled skin and pat dry.
Place sliced pumpkin evenly in Pyrex dish (or baking dish of your choice).
Place chicken on top. Whisk remaining ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Pour mixture evenly over chicken and pumpkin.

Bake uncovered for 50 minutes or until chicken is cooked throughout and pumpkin are tender.

I forgot to pat dry the chicken pieces,
resulting more water at the base.

The Dōngzhì Festival 冬至 or Winter Solstice Festival is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the Dongzhi solar term (winter solstice) on or around December 22 (according to East Asia time). This year, the festival falls on Monday, December 22 ... just a few days before Christmas.  Traditionally, I preferred homecooked dinner instead of dining out when we celebrate 冬至. And I like to have 'East meets West' kinda celebration ... Cranberry Roast Chicken and Pumpkin  + Dessert Tang Yuan 汤圆 !
For the tang yuan,  I just added a few drops of food colouring to the glutinous rice flour and had some fun in shaping them like flowers and gifts .... hee hee !


I'm submitting this post to Cook and Celebrate (Christmas 2014), organized by Yen from Eat your heart out, Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids.


  1. 冬至愉快。。merry x'mas。

  2. Karen,I have not cooked using cranberries or cranberry sauce. Only used in cookies and cakes. Your cranberry roast chicken looks delicious. And I love your tang yuan as they are so colourful and cute. But my grandma will freak out hee..hee...

  3. Hi Karen,

    I'm with you and Nigella... "If it's Christmas it must be cranberries..."... hee hee

    This chicken dish with cranberry sounds tangy and yummy :D


  4. Hi Karen,
    I wish I can be one of your guest to enjoy your wonderful 'East meets West' kinda celebration ... Cranberry Roast Chicken and Pumpkin + Dessert Tang Yuan 汤圆 !

    Merry Christmas!!

  5. This dish looks really delish!! The cranberry definitely add a uniquely awesome flavour to pair with the chicken! Yummy!

  6. I have never used cranberries into sauce for roast chicken. This sounds really interesting for a change. Im sure you are pleased to try this out.

  7. Can I come to your house for the thanksgiving dinner...slurp...
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Karen!

    1. Jozelyn, Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to you & family too!

  8. Hi Karen!
    Cranberry Roast Chicken is a personal favorite of mine. I LOVE that you made yours with pumpkin. Now that is not something I would not think to do. Cranberry Sauce is so versatile. Last year Marion bought about 10 cans for Thanksgiving and I found a different recipe for each one. (I did a lot of cranberry recipes for Cranberry Month which is in October:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Karen. The Dōngzhì Festival sounds so interesting. I wish I would have known. I would have come earlier to wish you a a happy time. Well, it isn't to late to wish you a Merry Chritmas though, Karen. A very Merry Christmas to You and Yours! Make lots of memories and tasty food, too:) It has been wonderful getting to know you Karen. I look forward to "seeing" you next year:) Louise

  9. Karen,
    Yet another simple to whip up but delicious meal from you, thumbs up! Wishing you and family merry christmas and happy new year !

  10. Merry Christmas ^o^
    每样美食我都想要吃咧。。。yum yum~~


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