Panko Crusted Chicken with Maple Cranberry Sauce

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Many people enjoy seasonal recipes and this panko crusted chicken with maple cranberry sauce is perfect for fall.

I’m always looking for new chicken recipes. While searching the internet I had seen a maple cranberry syrup for pancakes and thought to myself, that sounds like a delicious combination.

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Chicken breast with maple cranberry sauce

Ingredients

Many of the necessary ingredients are probably in your pantry right now! That means there’s no reason not to make this fall dinner.

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sweet Onion
  • Red Wine
  • Maple Syrup
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Cornstarch
  • Water

Panko crusted chicken in a skillet.

My love of panko breadcrumbs and this winning flavor combination gave birth to panko crusted chicken with maple cranberry sauce. I must say, we were pleasantly surprised with the delicious result. Since my initial run on the recipe, I’ve made it for company on two occasions and it was very well received.

Chicken breast with sauce and noodles in the background on a blue plate.

When I originally developed this recipe I knew I wanted to use panko breadcrumbs. They are one of my favorite ingredients to use in cooking. If you’ve never used panko before, you really don’t know what you are missing. The texture it adds to the recipe is delicious and they get more crispy than traditional breadcrumbs.

Tips for Making the Chicken

The first time I made this panko crusted chicken dish I did not really press the breadcrumbs onto the chicken. Most of it fell off. The next and subsequent times I made it, I firmly pressed the panko into the chicken.

The best tip I have is to use a spatula to flip it, not tongs. The pressure of the closed tongs takes the breading off.

Cranberry mixture on a wooden spoon.

Tips for Making the Sauce

Patience is key. Don’t turn up the heat to speed the process, you’ll just succeed in burning it. You can see the difference in the photos and how the dried cranberries plump up. The sauce thickens when you add the cornstarch, but don’t rush the process.

Cranberry mixture on a wooden spoon.

Substitutions

While I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe there are some changes you could make to suit your tastes.

  • Use plain breadcrumbs instead of panko. It will yield a very different result but I think still delicious.
  • The red wine adds depth of flavor and alcohol cooks out but if you prefer, you could use water. 
  • If you’re not a fan of onions you can certianly omit them.

You may think the sauce is tart because of the cranberries but the maple syrup and wine cut the tartness without making the sauce too sweet. It’s a perfect balance.

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This cranberry chicken recipe is sure to be a winner in your house. Something you will serve year after year. 

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Recipe – Panko Crusted Chicken with Maple Cranberry Sauce

Panko Crusted Chicken with Maple Cranberry Sauce will tantalize your tastebuds.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil plus more for onions
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced small
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons water

Instructions

  • In a shallow bowl combine the panko, salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Dredge the chicken breasts in the panko, gently pressing the panko into the chicken. Sauté in hot oil, adjusting the heat if necessary. Cooking until done and juices run clear.
  • While the chicken cooks, prepare the sauce. In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat sauté the onions in a small amount of oil until translucent, about 7 – 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the red wine, maple syrup and dried cranberries. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce immediately to medium-high heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring.
  • Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl with a fork, until all the cornstarch is dissolved. Add to sauce while stirring, reducing heat to medium. Continue to cook 1 minute longer until sauce begins to thicken. Serve sauce over cooked chicken.

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22 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I just loved that crunch of the Panko with the sweet tartness of the cranberries. This recipe will be perfect for my small crowd over the holidays.

  2. This chicken looks delicious. My kids absolutely love cranberries and maple syrup, so this meal would be a big hit here! Perfect for autumn.

  3. Made this the other night, this recipe totally primed our taste buds for all things cranberry and got us into the holiday spirit! So yummy!

  4. I’m with you on the panko! It works well in so many recipes. Love the idea of cranberry and maple. I’ll have to try this. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. What a good idea to use dried cranberries instead of fresh cranberries that are almost never in season. This year I plan on buying a bunch of it and freezing it so that I can make all these great Cranberry recipes you linked too also.

  6. I have some dried cranberries I have been looking to use up after the holidays. I think this would work perfectly. Thanks for sharing

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