Christmas chicken
with Cranberries

christmas roast chicken
Prep time
Cook time

Love a traditional festive meal with roast chicken and all the trimmings? Then this recipe should go on your menu.


  • 1/3 cup (80ml) dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) maple syrup
  • ¼ cup (60ml) balsamic vinegar
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 whole chicken
  • a small handful of fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ cup (125ml) fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) each maple syrup and melted butter
  • 10-12 baby onions, peeled
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  • Blitz the ingredients for the marinade in a blender until smooth. Season to taste.
  • Place the chicken on a roasting tray, pour over the marinade and cover.
  • Marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Roast the chicken, covered, in the marinade for 1 hour. Uncover and scatter with cranberries and thyme.
  • Brush with maple syrup and butter, and roast for 20 minutes more.
  • Place the onions on a roasting tray, drizzle with oil, season and roast for 20-30 minutes.
  • Arrange the chicken and onions on a platter.
  • Serve with green beans and creamy potato gratin.