Apple and Cranberry Skillet Chicken


Adapted from

A simply delicious holiday dish for small gatherings. Recipe can easily be doubled if you have an extra-large skillet!

  • Serving Size
  • Prep Time
    10 mins
  • Cook Time
    30 mins
  • Total Time
    40 mins


  • 2 pounds (4-6) chicken thighs, skin-on bone-in
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 Apple, peeled, cored and sliced into ¼-inch thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup fresh apple cider


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken thighs.
  3. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, rosemary, oregano, cayenne pepper, and garlic in a small bowl. Mix together and coat chicken thoroughly.
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet (10 inch) or a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  5. When the oil is rippling on the top place chicken thighs skin side down in the oil. Cook for 5 minutes. Flip over taking care to release the skin from the pan (do not allow the skin to stick and tear off).
  6. Cook an additional 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan.
  7. While the chicken is cooking, in a small bowl combine the cranberries, apple slices, brown sugar, ground cloves and mustard. Toss to combine and coat the fruit.
  8. Combine the chicken stock and apple cider.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium. Slowly pour the liquids into the pan and use a heat proof spatula to deglaze the pan removing any stuck bits of food on the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.
  10. Add chicken back to the pan skin side up.
  11. Spoon the cranberry apple mixture into the pan evenly around the chicken.
  12. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the chicken reaches 165 degrees internal temperature.
  13. Remove from oven and allow to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.