Cranberry-Glazed Roast Chicken

The flavor of Fall. [Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

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Cranberry-Glazed Roast Chicken

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:30 minutes
Special equipment:Potato masher
This recipe appears in: Pantry Essentials: Canned Cranberry Sauce Chicken Dinners: Cranberry-Glazed Roast Chicken


  • 4 whole chicken legs (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 shallots, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 6 ounces fresh cranberries (about 1 cup)
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves


  1. 1

    Adjust oven rack to upper middle position and preheat oven to 425°F. Place chicken, skin side up, on rimmed baking sheet. Pat dry, then rub with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper.

  2. 2

    Bake chicken until 3/4 cooked through (about 130°F) and skin is golden, 15 to 20 minutes (Spoon off rendered fat if oven begins to smoke).

  3. 3

    While chicken is baking, make glaze. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook until shallots have softened, about 3 minutes. Add cranberries and 1/2 cup water. Bring to simmer (adjust heat if necessary), and simmer until berries have softened and are breaking down, gently mashing a few times with a potato masher.

  4. 4

    Reserve 1/2 cup cranberry mixture. Strain remaining cranberries, pressing firmly against strainer (you should have about 1/2 cup). Return to pot and stir in honey, brown sugar and dry mustard. Bring to simmer over medium high heat and reduce until thick and syrupy, about 3/4 cup. Stir in thyme and season to taste. Reserve about 1/4 cup to glaze chicken.

  5. 5

    When chicken is ready, remove from oven and spread 1 tablespoon glaze over each chicken leg. Increase heat to 475°F and cook until chicken is cooked through (170°F) and glaze has darkened and caramelized, 5 to 10 more minutes.

  6. 6

    Combine reserved cranberries with remaining glaze (not used to glaze chicken) and serve with chicken.

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