Paleo cranberry rosemary one pan chicken thighs in a baking dish with vintage spoon topped with cranberries and fresh rosemary

Cranberry Rosemary One Pan Chicken

A quick and easy one pan chicken recipe made with fresh cranberries and rosemary. A festive, gourmet, and healthy dinner recipe. Paleo.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, cranberry, one pan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 chicken thighs
Calories 532 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


Cranberry Rosemary Marinade

  • 1/3 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine


  • 3 pounds bone-in skin-on chicken thighs about 6
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary plus more for garnish, if desired
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Equipment Needed

  • 9x3" baking dish
  • pastry brush


  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in food processor or blender and process until smooth. Place chicken, skin side up, in a 9x13" baking dish and pour marinade over, spreading to coat chicken evenly. Cover and marinate in the fridge at least 30 minutes, up to 24 hours.

  2. 30 minutes before baking, remove the dish from oven and let stand at room temperature.

  3. Preheat oven to 375┬║. With a spoon, scrape marinade from the chicken skin, leaving in the baking dish. Brush skins with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season skins with plenty of salt. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries and 4 sprigs of rosemary around chicken thighs. 

  4. Bake for 22 minutes then remove from oven and preheat broiler. Discard cooked rosemary sprigs.

  5. Brush 1 tablespoon maple syrup over chicken thighs skin. Place under broiler, about 10" from the heating element, and broil 5-7 minutes or until skin is crispy and getting dark in places. Watch carefully to make sure the skin browns evenly and does not burn, moving the dish around to brown evenly if necessary. 

  6. Remove from oven and spoon cranberries and sauce on top of chicken. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and serve immediately with plenty of sauce.

Recipe Notes

If you're on a Whole30, replace the maple syrup in the marinade with more coconut aminos. Skip the maple syrup brushed onto the skin before broiling; replace it with more olive oil if desired. Replace the white wine with chicken broth.

If you're strictly paleo, use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.

I have to move my baking dish around underneath the broiler every 3 minutes or so to ensure an even browning.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Rosemary One Pan Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 532 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 188mg63%
Sodium 263mg11%
Potassium 437mg12%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.