3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken

Juicy chicken slow cooked to tender perfection in a sweet and tangy cranberry sauce – just 3 ingredients! 

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

Let’s talk about typos. Because they might happen here. Scratch that, they will happen here. I know that because I’ve already had them happen and now that I am writing at the bright and shiny (read: not bright and shiny) hour of 3:09 am, they’re bound to happen even more often than usual. But that is my life right now. I side the darker side of 3 or 4 am every single morning. Cause that’s feeding time for the two little babes who my life revolves around. And if you haven’t seen their crazy-adorable little faces yet, you should take a gander at my Instagram page for a plethora of baby toes and squishy faces.

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken | Creme de la Crumb
And just a side note, as I woke up the babes for this little 3am feeding frenzy I thought – thank goodness this doesn’t last forever. Not for my sake actually – I really don’t mind the frequent nighttime feedings and snuggling baby noses throughout the night. I’m okay with that. But could you imagine all of your life having to eat every three hours? One the one hand awesome. Because…. more food right? You get it.

But on the other hand, who has time to cook 8 times a day you know?! I think frozen entrees would be your new best friend or, if you’re like me, cereal all. day. long.

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

But that leads perfectly into what I want to talk about next. 3 ingredient dinners. Three ingredients is a beautiful thing and it’s exactly what you need for this juicy cranberry chicken.

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

If you’re feeling adventurous you can even make your own cranberry sauce or French dressing (<—my favorite easy version is included in the notes of the recipe!) but if not, canned cranberry sauce and bottled French dressing are perfect. We all have those days. For some of us it’s pretty much every day and that’s okay.

Because, LIFE.

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken | Creme de la Crumb
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Juicy chicken slow cooked to tender perfection in a sweet and tangy cranberry sauce - just 3 ingredients!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup French dressing (see note for my easy homemade version!)
  • 1 15-ounce can whole cranberry cranberry sauce, or 1 cup homemade cranberry sauce
  • optional 4th ingredient - *See Note*
  1. Lightly grease a slow cooker. Place chicken breasts in the bottom in a single layer.
  2. Whisk together French dressing and cranberry sauce. Pour over chicken. Turn chicken to coat all sides of the chicken.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6 hours until chicken is cooked through. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and chopped parsley if desired and serve.
For homemade French dressing, combine 1 cup oil (I use vegetable oil, canola or olive would work as well), ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup vinegar, ½ cup ketchup, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, and 2 teaspoons onion powder in a jar. Cover, shake until well combined. Taste the dressing and add salt and pepper to taste. Store chilled until ready to use.

**I adapted this recipe from one I found in my mother's recipe files - hers called for 1 package of Lipton Onion Soup in addition to the French dressing and the Cranberry sauce. I have tried this and it is extra delicious so if you have a packet of the onion soup on hand I highly recommend adding that 4th ingredient!


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Yummy!! Congrats girl on your babies!! God has really blessed you!

    Thanks so much Shawnna – we truly have been incredibly blessed! Just soaking up every minute we can with these two little cuties!!

Congratulations on your twins!! (just had a little instagram stalk and they are GORGEOUS!!). This chicken recipe looks like just what you need at the moment – comfort food that is super easy to throw together! <3

This was my “go to” dish for every party, dinner guest, or no idea what to make for dinner because it’s so incredibly easy and I almost always have the ingredients on hand! Everyone at every party asks for the recipe and it’s kinda funny to see their jaw drop when I say it’s just salad dressing, whole berry cranberry sauce and Lipton Onion soup mix! When I make it for a party I cut the chicken into bite size pieces. The old recipe I follow calls for Catalina salad dressing but I think it’s pretty much the same as French dressing. For parties I’ve often made it in the crock pot for ease of transport etc. Sorry for the long comment. I was so excited when I stumbled on this recipe after seeing your Chicken Marsala crock-pot recipe that I’ve vowed to made for dinner tomorrow! (I love chicken Marsala)

Hi: Have tried several of your recipes and passed them on…a lot of happy people with food they really
love! Have one question…..please give an idea (or what you serve with it}. Could be I am just not
to savy to find it on your site.

Thanks again for making my life a little easier ( I am 74 yrs old and hubby still likes to eat a hot supper!)

    I’m not her, but what I’ve used has been rice. I made a rice pilaf one time and the other time I just used boxed rice.

      Did you make the rice separately or make it in the slow cooker with the chicken? If you did it in the slow cooker, at what point did you put it in?

I made the recipe( cranberry chicken)and followed the directions and slow cooked it for 6 hrs . When i got home 5 hrs later the chicken smelled like it was burnt. turned the cooker off,and yes it did burn . It seemed like it should have more liquid . Or my cooker was too big (7 quart). Any suggestions?

First of all..Congrats on your twins!!
I’m so jealous of you having baby twins…my baby twins are now 19.:((

They grew up too fast…miss those days when they stole each other’s bottles and ate flies..

…yes flies and ate driveway gravel.

Enjoy everything now because some days will seem like a bluur it’s so busy.

I had all the ingredients, so we’re giving it a try. I REALLY hope it’s good!!!

I loved it. My son keeps asking when I am going to make it again and I just made it a few days ago. I loved the homemade French dressing recipe. It was easy and good.

what we call French dressing here in the US is totally unauthentic…. I think the French would view ketchup as an abomination! and so many bottled dressings have High Fructose Corn Syrup, so they should be avoided. The rest of your recipe for the dressing is fine, but will it work without the ketchup? Also, I never use those nasty powdered soup mixes…, full of presevatives and chemicals. I might substitute some organic chicken broth with some onion powder… might that work? otherwise, this looks very promising!

Looks so delicious! Planning to make this for Friendsgiving! Would you recommend splitting up the chicken into separate batches if cooking for 10+ people? Or would it be okay to pile the chicken into the crockpot?

    You could layer the chicken, but it will need to cook longer! If you have two crockpots – even better!

The print is too dim to print very well.

This was a very strange set of ingredients but my god was this tasty. Room-mate and I whipped this up in the crockpot for christmas dinner. Was entirely skeptical based on the list of items in it, but man. This is one of the best crockpot chickens I’ve ever made.

    Hi Holly- this comment cracks me up! I am so happy to hear that you stuck with it and loved it!

Years ago, we used frozen Orange juice concentrate plus the French onion soup mix. Over rice it’s yummy!

    Woah- I have never heard of this. I think I may need to try it out! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

This chicken reipe sounds ad YOUlooks delicious. One more thing, you have the most adorable family that iv’e seen in a long time .

Ca I use the jelled cran sauce in the can in stead o thE whole ones?Sounds deliCious!

    Hi Rita- I am not totally positive on the jelled cranberry sauce because I have never done that before! If you try, definitely let me know how it turns out! 🙂