Cranberry-Chipotle Chicken

Double this slow cooker chicken recipe on the days right after Thanksgiving when you still need to feed a crowd (and have leftover cranberry sauce handy).

Cranberry-Chipotle Chicken
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 25 mins


  • 2 ½ - 3 pound bone-in chicken thighs and/or drumsticks, skinned

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1 ¾ cup leftover cranberry sauce or one 14-ounce can whole cranberry sauce

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained

  • 2 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca, crushed

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 2 cup hot cooked rice

  • Sliced green onions


  1. Sprinkle chicken generously with salt and black pepper. Place chicken in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker.

  2. In a blender or food processor combine cranberry sauce, tomatoes, tapioca, lime juice, brown sugar, chipotle pepper, and mustard. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Pour tomato mixture over chicken.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Serve chicken and sauce over rice. Sprinkle with green onions.

For easy cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

518 Calories
7g Fat
71g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 518
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 827mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 21.1mg 106%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 723mg 15%
Folate, total 76.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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