Pan-Grilled Chicken with Cranberry Salsa

  • sunshower41 Posted: 12/03/08
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    I thought this was delicious! I made this for my boyfriend and his family one night for dinner. They're classic bland meat and potatoes people but everyone at the table loved this! I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of using a tiny bit more jalapenos in the salsa. Tres bien!

  • carolfitz Posted: 12/06/09
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    Subbed 1lb pork tenderloin, cut into medallions, pounded, sprinkled with a bit of garlic powder. Cranberry-orange sauce from fresh berries, because they're in season now. Otherwise made to recipe. Side dish was garnet yams mashed with bit of orange juice and half a chipotle pepper, minced. Gorgeous on the plate, nice combo of flavors. (Last week saw a "Good Eats" sement with Alton recommending subbing pork tenderloin in chicken recipes, and it worked well with this one.)

  • 3sacharm Posted: 11/13/08
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    This was just ok. I skipped the peppers as I don't like them and put everything in a tortilla. As I have much better chicken recipes I will not make this again.

  • sohacomom Posted: 10/04/09
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    This was very tasty! A great way to welcome the fall. The chicken breasts in themselves were bland but the salsa and cream cheese made the dish. I will add to my rotation.

  • JoesLaurena Posted: 01/10/09
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    Read this if you need to substitute ingredients like I did. Didn't have green onions so I just used a yellow one. Didn't have canned cranberry sauce but I had a frozen bag of cranberries so I made cranberry sauce and added a splash of orange juice and some orange zest-delicious! Didn't have fresh cilantro but I get cubed frozen cilantro from Trader Joe's-yummy and a huge time saver. Don't have a grill pan so just cooked chicken in pan. We had extra chicken so I really didn't measure everything-just added a little extra. Overall, this recipe was so tasty and everyone in my family loved the different flavors. I highly recommend using warm, homemade cranberry sauce in this recipe. Served with risotto and salad.

  • mandajo Posted: 12/08/08
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    I thought this was a very interesting combination of ingredients, but turned out really great. Even my 1, 3 and 4-year-olds loved it. I couldn't find the orange cranberry sauce, so I just bought ocean spray cranberry sauce and a can of mandarine oranges. I'll definitely make it again.

  • albrown07 Posted: 11/20/08
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    First let me say that I use CL recipes avg. 6 nightsa week, but I hated this recipe! I gave it a two because it gained potential when I switched some things around: I omitted the cream sauce- too much cilantro! Instead, i added the cranberry sauce on top- with NO jalepenos! And, this is key: I did NOT pan cook the chicken- it totally dries it out. Instead I cooked it in the oven with a little olive oil and salt and pepper- much more tender! Serve it with Cooking Light's sweet mashed potatoes- that saved my dinner.

  • Drummer Posted: 02/09/09
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    I prepared this exactly as the recipe stated and it was fabulous! I definately would prepare this for guests. Even my picky husband gave it the thumbs up. It is definately a keeper.

  • JessicaLane Posted: 04/10/09
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    This was delicious. I made it with regular whole cranberry sauce instead of the orange, and I added twice as much jalapenos (we like it spicy down here in Texas!). The flavors are great and very different than anything I've ever made. My teenaged son loved it, too! I would recommend making extra salsa and cream cheese. I'm thinking about making the cream cheese and salsa as a dip for crackers--it was that good.

  • erinwhitcomb Posted: 09/28/09
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    Perfect for a weeknight dinner! Fast, delicious and healthy. Clean up was a breeze too. I couldn't find cran-orange sauce so I used regular cranberry sauce, added some shredded orange peel and served it with orange slices. It was perfect!

  • lwatermulder Posted: 09/17/09
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    My husband and I thought this was a great dish! Very fresh tasting. Super easy to make. The only change I made was that I dipped the chicken in some lime juice before seasoning with pepper and seasoning salt and then cooking.

  • dnponton Posted: 12/05/09
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    I am terrible at cooking and still managed to be able to make this-- SO easy! Also, it was absolutely delicious. I made some alterations, however-- instead of using cranberry-orange sauce, i used lingonberry sauce. I also didn't have any jalapeños (which i need to try next time!), so I used cayenne pepper to spice it up a little instead.. although i'm sure it wouldn't have compared with the jalapeños! I served it for dinner with my boyfriend tonight, we also had brown rice alongside the chicken and some salad with mandarin-poppy sauce. great dish, and i can't wait to make it again very soon!!

  • CurlyGirlBlue Posted: 12/07/09
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    I started out by baking the chicken rather than searing it, it always comes out much juicier for me that way. Also, added lime juice to the chicken before baking it. I could not find cranberry orange sauce so I substituted with whole berry cranberry sauce and added a spoon full of frozen orange juice to it. I followed the recipe on everything else though and paired the chicken with steamed asparagus with a gremolata that I made consisting of some of the extra cilantro and lime juice as well as rind from the lime. Lastly I paired the meal with a smooth, mellow Chardonnay. Dinner came out wonderful and I will definitely be making this dish again.

  • saraheve Posted: 08/08/10
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    It was a nice Summer night dish. The flavors were very complex and had a lot of layers. The cilantro gave it a fresh taste but was WAY TOO OVERPOWERING! might eliminate all together in the salsa. Cranberries were a nice unique touch, although very runny as a salsa. Maybe heating in a saute pan might make a nice reduction and thicken the liquid. I will probably not make this again as the amount of cilantro made my stomach hurt. It was worth a try though.

  • TeacherDeb Posted: 12/23/10
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    Really good! Loved the mix of flavors. I, too, couldn't find cran-orange so I added mandarin oranges to the whole cranberry sauce. I'll fix again, for sure, but will add a touch more jalapeno to spice it up some more. Served with brown rice and asparagus.

  • cesamsel Posted: 05/26/11
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    Used whole cranberry sauce with some orange zest instead. Husband doesn't like cranberries, and I'm not a big chutney lover, but this got thumbs up from both of us. Surprisingly good. I'd make more cilantro cream next time though. MMMM.

  • LindaLouofNC Posted: 12/21/11
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    wonderful!!! Very pretty on the plate too. A very festive dish for the holidays. Merry Christmas to ALL!! P.S. I didn't have sauce so I created my own with fresh cranberries and mandarin oranges.

  • Jackielouo Posted: 11/10/11
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    This was pretty good. I couldn't find the cranberry-orange sauce so i just used cranberry and it was an interesting but good combination of flavors. My husband liked it more than me. It was spicy and sweet but it melded together very well. It was simple and tasty and i will probably make it again.

  • Fran1947 Posted: 01/08/12
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    I was unable to find Ocean Spray's Cran-Orange in the fall of 2010 that is used in a recipe in Southern Living or in this recipe. I e-mailed Ocean spray and was advised it was a marketing decision to no longer produce the product. I had asked if it was no longer available could they provide a recipe for the product. They sent it with their response. It 's the basic recipe for ceanberry sauce with orange zest.

  • lovinjim Posted: 01/28/12
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    Fantastic! Even though I found the cilantro a little over powering for my taste it was a crowd pleaser with the family. I will certainly make this one again! (cutting back a little on the cilantro) If this is eating light bring it on!

  • Debbie0603 Posted: 03/19/12
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    I'm on a weight watchers plan and always looking for meals that stay within the points allocated. This recipe fit the bill with the points and the family loved it. I did omit the cilantro only because I forgot to buy it and I did not make the white sauce on top. I grilled the chicken using just salt and pepper. I finished off the meal with brown rice and green beans. Like others, I did not find the orange cranberry sauce, but thanks to other reviews I just added mandarin oranges that I chopped to whole cranberry sauce. This is a keeper!

  • Cameragram Posted: 07/11/12
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    I wanted to make something special for a holiday dinner last year. I was feeling adventurous and substituted baked salmon for the chicken. I served the entree with creamy mashed potatoes and a spinach salad garnished with raspberries and mushroom slices. The cranberry salsa was a wonderful compliment to the salmon. My family loved it!

  • chris1383 Posted: 01/24/13
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    great new dish with flavors I had not experimented with before. This is a must try for something new and different.

  • BonnieLehne Posted: 07/20/12
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    Wow! This dish was amazing. Although I made a few adjustments of my own... First, I used a strawberry smuckers dessert stuff (all I had in the fridge). What I did to prepare the chicken was a little different. First, I poured some chicken broth added mushroom, chicken seasoning, pepper and white wine, heated and reduced. I reduced this until it left a brown residue that was not quite burnt on the pan, discarded mushroom and added more chicken broth the brown residue- had amazing flavor. I then cooked the chicken. I added a side of black refried beans in lime juice. The beans needed nothing on them because the sauce gave it amazing flavor. Quick easy meal.... This may be on my weekly list... Congrats, this is the first time I have ever written a review on something!!!!

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