Cranberry Crockpot Chicken

A serendipitous success!!

Cranberry Tribal Moose BBQ Sauce + Chicken Breasts + Cranberries + Kale + Rice

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I researched a few BBQ sauce slow-cooker recipes and found that most said 1.5 cups of sauce for 2-4 chicken breasts on high for 3-4  hours or low for 6-8. I went for the latter since I had to run to class!

Two chicken breasts + about 1.5 cups of sauce set to low.

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When I got home at 5 (T +4 hours) the sauce was starting to really burn and thicken so I added 1/2 a cup of chicken broth and about 3 tbsp of ketchup to lighten it up. If I were to to make this again, I’d add both of those at the beginning.

At 6PM (T+5 hours) I added a cup of cranberries and cranked the heat up to high for about 30 minutes, until they started to pop.

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At 6:30 (T+5.5 hours) I added about 6 cups of torn + washed kale and let it cook for 15 minutes more, until the kale was bright green like so:

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I cooked some brown rice on the stove top and piled on the kale first, then place a breast on each plate and then spooned that succulent BBQ cranberry sauce all over.

Quote Matt: “I didn’t know cranberries could be this good!” We both licked our plates clean!

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 M November 23, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Yum!! If I ate meat I’d be on this in a heartbeat (rhymes!).


2 Lex November 23, 2009 at 9:32 pm

OMG – I have some cranberries that I’ve been meaning to use up since my Thanksgiving (Canada) passed a while back.

Thanks for the tip on the sauce – I’m finding that I can’t seem to find that balance of time + temp + sauce as I’ve been getting that slowcooker burn


3 Bethany November 24, 2009 at 9:07 am

Kath you just need to write your own entire cookbook. I think it would be my bible. I love how you use simple everyday ingredients to make such mouthwatering dishes!!


4 Rachel November 24, 2009 at 9:41 am

Looks fabulous! You are inspiring me to get my crockpot out. I used it use it all the time, but lately I’ve been forgetting about it!


5 Jessica November 24, 2009 at 9:43 am

I love making BBQ in the crock pot! Sometimes (to cut back on the amount of BBQ sauce I have to use), I season the meat and put it in the crock pot with beer :D, then just mix in the BBQ sauce after the meat is cooked/shredded. This makes really good BBQ sandwhiches.


6 Heather January 4, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I finally tried this recipe tonight and it was amazing. My boyfriend and I truly enjoyed it! Thanks for inspiring.


7 Trishelle February 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Um… Kath, I am salivating just looking at your pictures! So fun to find this recipe was I was searching your blog for some crockpot wonders. I’ll let you know when I make it sometime! :)


8 Kelly August 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm

This looks awesome! So am I correct that the ingredients included 2 breasts, 1.5c of bbq sauce, 1 cup cranberries and the kale? (just worried I overlooked something.)


9 Kath August 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm



10 Alison December 31, 2010 at 11:09 am

Hey Kath, what are your thoughts on doubling this recipe? Do you think it would freeze well?
I love your blog. You provide such inspiration!


11 Kath December 31, 2010 at 11:15 am

I think it would double and freeze quite well!


12 Alex January 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

Hi Kath! I am a long-time reader and lurker, but I had to comment after making this fabulous recipe last night. Delicious – was a huge hit! Thank you for your blog, which provides lots of inspiration and ideas as I try to stay healthy!


13 Erin October 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Hi Kath, love your site. Would this recipe work with regular bbq sauce, or would that not mix well with the cranberries?


14 KathEats October 17, 2011 at 7:46 am

Yes, it should be totally fine with regular BBQ sauce!


15 jenn February 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

OMG!!! I am gonna try this tonite! My family loves kale- but i’ve only used it in soup- totally excited to try this- let you know what the “bosses” think :)


16 Amy February 6, 2012 at 12:56 am

Hi Kath,
I just happened upon your site the other day… and i think its made me want to start cooking again:) I am a college student and like to have things i can either make ahead (slow cooker) or things i can make quickly and rather cheaply but healthy. I think your site seems to have a good balance.. my question is I dont have Kale, But i do have spinach,would that work?


17 KathEats February 6, 2012 at 8:15 am

Welcome Amy! Spinach will work, but it wilts down way more than kale so I would use regular instead of baby spinach and steam it very lightly so it holds some shape


18 Mary February 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

For those of us unfortunate ones without access to the delicious-sounding cranberry BBQ sauce, can you suggest an alternative? This sounds fantastic.


19 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

Any BBQ sauce will do!


20 OrGreenic October 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Thanks for sharing such an easy, delicious recipe. This looks perfect for a fall night.


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