When you have a house full of children like we do, going out for dinner as a couple doesn’t happen very often. When we do get the chance to go out together, we prefer not to do it on a busy night like Valentine’s Day. Our Valentine’s Day includes a home cooked dinner for the entire family.

My husband and I are making healthier choices and I want to make sure we don’t lose momentum because of Valentine’s Day, so I want to avoid red meat or high calorie meals. Chicken seems like the perfect choice, and this Orange-Cranberry Chicken doesn’t just look right for the holiday, it is also very easy to make and is sure to be a hit!

Orange-Cranberry Chicken

Valentine's Day Recipe: Orange-Cranberry Chicken


  • 1 pkg chicken thighs (12-15 thighs)
  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup pure orange juice
  • 1 packet onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Arrange the chicken in a casserole dish.
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients in a pot and heat over high heat until boiling.
  4. Turn down to low and heat for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  5. Pour enough sauce over the chicken to cover all, and continue to heat the remaining sauce on low.

Valentine's Day Recipe: Orange-Cranberry Chicken

Pair the orange-cranberry chicken with some wild rice and asparagus and you have a healthy and delicious dinner that is perfect for your Valentine!



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