28 November 2008

Cranberry Chicken - Because We Can Help!!!


Cranberry Chicken
Tired of the same old chicken recipes. Bring a new taste sensation to your bird using cranberries!!!!!Cranberries are such a colourful and festive addition they will add pizazz to your dish. Not even Photoshop could solve the lighting problems of this delicious dish but here it humbly stands before you begging you to give it a try.

Bonnie Stern of Canadian Living Magazine and a winning cookbook author says, "This unusual dish is so delicious it is sure to be a big hit!!!! Serve it over steamed rice or couscous. If you are having a small holiday dinner or want something different this is perfect."

I would serve this satisfying holiday inspired chicken dish with Wild Rice, Pistachio and Cranberry Pilaf (recipe to follow), Steamed Sugar Snap Peas or Asparagus and an exceptional side salad with avocado perhaps. The tartness of the cranberries married well with the balsamic vinegar and honey to create a sweet and sour chicken perfect for the holidays.

I am submitting this recipe to Giz, of Equal Opportunity Kitchen, who is hosting our first fundraising event for our Social Network called Bloggeraid called: Because we can help!

Please bare in mind you don't need to raise funds or donate to submit a recipe!!!!!!

Your contribution could be as simple as raising awareness on your blog for world hunger by submitting a delicious recipe to Giz' event. Send a recipe you would be proud to serve guests in your home over the holidays.

The recipe and post you’re submitting to the event should appear on your blog between today and December 28th. Please include a link to this post as well as the BloggerAid ribbon near the top of this post. If you’d like to participate, just send :

Your name, a recipe and a photograph and email all to bloggeraid(at)gmail(dot)com

World Food Day in October brought to our attention the plight of 862 million undernourished people around the world ...even in our own cities!! Global warming and the biofuel boom are threatening to push the number of hungry even higher in the decades to come. We're hoping to take even more positive action!!! This event Because We Can Help is our first fundraising event and is the brainchild of Giz, of Equal Opportunity Kitchen, who has joined forces with myself Val of More Than Burnt Toast in continuing to raise awareness for the worldwide issue of hunger. We started in October 2008 with our events World Food Day and World Food Day - A Time to Be Thankful . With these two previous events I think we have enough virtual dishes submitted by each of you to reach the end of several city blocks if laid back to back in any city in the world. Each of you has brought a unique perspective to each dish generously submitted to raise awareness for the plight of so many.
The ultimate goal of Giz and I has been to move toward a more concrete way of helping those who are less fortunate than we are. Each of us brings a particular skill or passion to the table as do each of you. If you're looking to contribute in a more positive or more permanent basis visit our Social Network Bloggeraid-Changing the Face of Famine . This forum was founded as a place to chat with others and move towards a concrete initiative in raising awareness and helping others. JOIN this forum or another option would be to join in on the initiative at the end of this post!!!!! Hint...hint...With our new initiatives our goal is to work towards raising funds for the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations frontline agency..... starting with ,but not limited to, our first initiative you will find at the end of this recipe. We are looking forward to your ideas........keep reading......

**Sweet And Sour Cranberry Chicken**
adapted from Canadian Living
by Bonnie Stern and Fran Berkoff

1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces, bone-in, skin on or off (I used 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts)


2 tablespoons (25mL) brown sugar
1 tablespoon (15mL) paprika
1 teaspoon (5mL) salt
1/2 teaspoon (2mL) dried thyme

2 tablespoons (25mL) vegetable oil
2 large onions, sliced
1 tablespoon (15mL) chopped fresh ginger root
1/4 cup (50mL) balsamic vinegar
1 cup (250mL) chicken stock or water
1 300g pkg fresh or frozen cranberries (2 1/2 cups/625mL)
1/3 cup (75mL) honey
1 teaspoon (5mL) salt
1/4 teaspoon (1mL) pepper
2 tablespoons (25mL) chopped fresh parsley

Pat chicken dry. For rub combine brown sugar with paprika, salt and thyme. Pat into chicken. Cook immediately or marinate in the refrigerator a few hours.

Heat oil in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven. Brown chicken pieces well. Place chicken in a single layer, skin side up in a 9"x13" (3L) baking dish. Discard all but a thin layer of oil in the pan. (Clean out pan if sugar burns.)

Add onions and brown well. Add ginger and cook a minute longer.

Add vinegar and stir up any bits of onion or chicken from the bottom of the pan. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add cranberries, honey and salt and pepper. Cook gently 10 minutes.

Spoon sauce over chicken, cover and bake in a preheated 350F (180C) oven 30 minutes.
Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reaches 160F (71C). (You can also make this with boneless, skinless chicken breasts but they cook faster than bone-in chicken pieces. Cook them 15 minutes covered and 15 minutes uncovered or until a meat thermometer registers 160F (71C) in a preheated 350F (180C).)
Sprinkle with parsley.


So...our first fundraising initiative begins!!!!!!A thank you goes out to Giz for her creative line of bookmarks, key rings and cell phone charms with a foodie based theme. These "foodie" related items can be purchased and sent anywhere in the world. They would make perfect stocking stuffers or Christmas gifts for the special people in your life! With each purchase , a donation is being deposited to a bank account monitored by myself and Equal Opportunity Kitchen. These items will be updated regularly so keep checking to see what’s new here at Giz's site.

Giz and Psychgrad have put ADD TO CART buttons on their site for your safe and secure payment. A portion of the profit will go to the United Nations' frontline agency in the fight against global hunger.... the World Food Programme (WFP).

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  1. The recipe sounds delicious. Remember the frozen cranberries you sent me. I have been saving some of them for the holidays...

  2. That sauce sounds incredible.

  3. Such a great cause...and this recipe is really creative!


  4. A wonderful sounding recipe! That's a fantastic combo!

    Cheers and have a nice weekend,


  5. Val, you don't need Photoshop for such a creative and festive dish. Can't wait to see the pilaf recipe!

  6. Okay I just told my hubby cranberries and chicken would be good and boom here is a recipe, how weird is that? So, so delicious!

  7. Yes full of information indeed, but very useful and most of all wonderful news to join in on something that is near and dear to my heart, enough food for all. I think this is a wonderful endeavor all of you industrious women have initiated. I can't wait to join in and see how it all develops even if it takes me a bit to kick start things sometimes.
    As far as this dish, Val, I think it looks way yummy, anything with cranberries is a hit for me. They are one thing I never thought about missing over here, but I still have some craisins and that should work in nicely with this dish. Actually there are a few before this one to jump into as well, the Mexican soup sounded delicious as well.

  8. Val, your posts are getting so jam-packed with info that I sometimes have to come back a 2nd and 3rd time to absorb it all....I am not complaining, though!
    As for this chicken recipe....it is very different and definitely going on our holiday menu!!!

  9. Val, you are the queen of doing good with your blog!

    The sauce for this chicken somewhat resembles the tons of leftover cranberry sauce I have in my fridge right now. Perhaps I will adapt this recipe. Great idea.

  10. This would be an excellent way to use those cranberries sis!!!!
    I am humbled Parker, Darius, Rosa, Peter G. and Gloria!!
    Great minds think alike Cathy!!
    I hope you join Bloggeraid Marla. We have been in operation for a week and already have donations at last count 20 members. The blogging community is filled with such caring and encouraging friends.
    Nina my posts sometimes boggle the mind but hopefully the message is there. I hope you get the opportunity to try the chicken!!!

  11. Wow, I want to try this! Sounds and looks delicious!

  12. Where have I been with this whole new look going on. I like it. What a great cause. Looks fantastic.

  13. What a great recipe..and a great cause!! I love it all!

  14. Wonderful recipe, Val! I'm definitely going to look into your forum and project, too.

  15. What a beautiful seasonal dish.

  16. A great great event for a cause which deserves attention Val.
    The chicken is of course mouth-watering & cranberries are soemthing I crave but don't get here. Beautiful post...& thank you for your concern...lov D

  17. Val, I love the new look on your blog! All of you are doing such great things for awarness to this cause. I will definitely try to submit something. As for your cranberry dish, I'm going to adapt some of my leftover cranberries to make this sauce, it sounds so good!

  18. What a great way to increase awareness! It is so wonderful of you to be apart of this, Val.

  19. Wow that sounds like my kind of sweet & sour chicken--it looks great from the photos and that sauce sounds incredible. Plus, anything that uses cranberries is a big plus in my book--gotta enjoy those while you can!

  20. I am for cranberries and chicken also, great looking dish! Thanks....

  21. Oh yum! Gosh, I want some of that chicken.

  22. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



  23. I so need to get myself organised and start helping out on this cause...!!

  24. i'm pretty sure that sauce would enhance anything it touched--it sounds delightful!
    meanwhile, good for you for bringing attention to such a worthy cause--you deserve a pat on the back. :)

  25. This looks amazing! I've got some fresh cranberries at home that I was wondering what to do with...now I think I know!

  26. Cool recipe... I like how cranberries add a nice tang to sweet and savory dishes alike.

  27. This sounds delicious!! Now if only I could convert my husband to like cranberries...


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