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Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken

Only 3 ingredients in this Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken that is also naturally gluten free! A great way to use leftover cranberry sauce!

Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken is an easy dinner recipe. The taste of the moist chicken is out of this world! The cranberry and orange juice combines to make such a delightful sauce. The best thing about this crockpot meal is there are only 3 ingredients!  This is also a naturally gluten free meal!  This recipe also great to make with leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving.

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Only 3 ingredients in this Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken that is also naturally gluten free

I made this 3 ingredient crockpot recipe as a freezer meal. I took a Sunday afternoon and spent 2 hours making 8 meals and this was one of them. This freezer meal took less than 5 minutes to assemble and put in the freezer. When I wanted to prepare the freezer meal I simply pulled it out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in the fridge. In the morning, I dumped it into the crockpot and cooked it on low all day. If you want to learn more about freezer cooking click here ==>Freezer Meals.

Only 3 ingredients in this Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken that is also naturally gluten free. I love to use leftover cranberry sauce for this recipe!


Weight Watchers Points Plus: 3 Points Per Serving (chicken only)

Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken

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Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:6 hrs
Total Time:6 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 lb chicken I used chicken breasts but you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce


  • If prepping as a freezer meal - Write the following instructions on the freezer ziploc bag: Add 2 cups water, Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 2-4 hours.
  • If preparing right away add chicken, orange juice and cranberry sauce to crockpot.
  • Add 2 cups water and stir together.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 2-4 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Servings: 4

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  1. I have been wanting to get into freezer cooking. I will have to make this very soon.
    Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

  2. 5 stars
    I love the Cranberry and Orange combination flavors for this delicious recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  3. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe, I made something similar with turkey and cranberry sauce and it was delicious – must try it with chicken! Thank you for sharing and linking up at #WWDParty. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. I love your website and am new to it. I made this recipe and the sauce was very watery, is that the expected result or did I do something wrong? Your photo of it looks like the sauce clings to the chicken, but mine did not. How could I mess up three ingredients? LOL

    1. 3 stars
      I had the same trouble as well. I had really large chicken breasts and no way to weigh them so I was going to give it one more go and see if I doubled the other ingredients and if it did any better. We ended up shredding the chicken and adding bbq to eat what we got out of our first try.

      I will definitely edit my revue if it comes out better next time!

    1. Yes, I made this today because I wanted test it and it was watery for me too. If you want you can decrease the water to less. It makes for a wonderful and moist chicken breast (and flavorful).

  5. When making this a freezer meal, do you add the OJ and cranberry sauce to the ziploc bag with the chicken before freezing?

  6. quick question, i went over all your recipes that would be best for my family, just was wondering if i can do the freezer to crock pot with these. I ma very busy and want to do this, here is the list please let me know if i can do this freeze first , and do i need to do something differently than the recipe calls for, this will be my first time doing this please help me if you can?????????

    root beer roast
    honey mustard chicken
    beef stroganoff
    chicken breast with avocado
    loaded chicken and potatoes casserole
    tater tot casserole
    tuna noddle
    zucchini lasagana

  7. I would love to try recipes for freezing! But for some reason I’m worried about cross contamination am I being paranoid?

  8. Is this the jellied cranberry sauce or the whole berry? Do you use the can, or measure out a cup? Seems like a waste to use just a measured cup.

  9. Made this recipe exactly as directed. Waaay too watery.
    Made a second time with no water. Cooked on Low 6 Hours .

  10. Thank you for these. I’ve been trying for years to figure out how i could make freezer meals and for the first time, with your instructions, I have some success. Some recipes don’t seem to fit in the gallon bags (Pear Apple Pork) but got myself a vacuum sealer and fixed that 😉, so again Thanks! Flash freezing also helps because sometimes I run out of energy and can’t finish. I suggest making this more prominent, I stumbled upon it the first time, but it was hard to find again (and I’m a nerd).
    About this recipe; I’m still puzzled by it and how much sauce I have. Even if I make a slurry and thicken with evaporation, its still a lot of sauce.
    Orange juice: do use frozen concentrate undiluted?
    Cranberry sauce: jellied with fruit used and 1 cup is about half a can. Should I be using a whole can?
    Finally, what do you do with your leftover sauce?
    Additional note: This recipe is an absolute keeper! My husband hates cranberry sauce so much he won’t even buy it when I send him to the store with a list (I buy it when its my turn). However, he loves this chicken so much its now made weekly (I hide the cans, 🤫)!!!

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