Cranberry and Cream Chicken


This recipe was adapted from one in a Susan Branch cookbook.  I first served this for New Year’s Day in 1995 and have had it every Christmas Day since then.  My daughter and I like to take our plates by the fireplace to enjoy and afterwards always watch A Child’s Christmas in Wales.


  • Two boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, roasted
  • 2 Tblsp. butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tblsp. brandy (or chicken broth)
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Salt/pepper

Cut each roasted chicken breast half into three pieces.

Melt butter in a large skillet and add garlic, stirring for about 1-½ minutes.  Add chicken pieces and brown on each side.

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Remove chicken to a plate to keep warm.

Add cranberries to skillet along with brandy.  Let simmer for 2 minutes and then add cream, sour cream, plus salt and pepper to taste.  Heat but do not boil.

Pour cream sauce over chicken breasts to serve.

I like to serve this dish with a broccoli/carrot saute and mashed potatoes.  A little sauce poured over the mashed potatoes doesn’t hurt a bit.

4-6 servings


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

11 thoughts on “Cranberry and Cream Chicken”

  1. Sounds scrumptious! I always listen to a CD of Dylan Thomas reading ‘A child’s Christmas in Wales’ on Christmas Eve but would love a movie – do you know where to get it? All the best for 2014.

    1. My daughter bought the DVD several years ago – before that we a had rather grainy version we had copied for our VCR. I see that Amazon sells a copy at a ridiculous price. I know she just paid the standard price of around $10.

  2. I really like that movie, but I don’t have it on DVD. I used to have it on VHS tape and watched it every year. I will have to find a DVD copy. Your chicken looks delicious. I like the flavor of cranberries! Your snow scene is lovely!

  3. Now that sounds delicious! The picture makes it look very, very delicious. Have you always cooked like this for your family? They are so lucky!

  4. You come up with the most unique recipes, Lillian! I love Susan Branch but I’ve not seen her version. I shall try yours very soon, as I have chicken in the freezer & cranberries at the ready.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Oh yay! another cranberry recipe – I seriously have a ton of cranberries that I don’t want to lose and I also don’t have time to make jelly right now so this will be great!

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