prep time
90 minutes
cook time
30 minutes

Grilled Cilantro Citrus Chicken with Spicy Cranberry Sauce

 With this light, vibrant and savoury recipe, give your summers a zesty twist. Elate your taste buds with a balanced blend of sweet and sour Del Monte Cranberries and citrus chicken. This beautiful combination is the perfect escape of the culinary kind.


150 gm Del Monte dried cranberries
3-4 garlic cloves
2 green chillies
1 tsp red chilli powder/ flakes
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tsp Lemon zest
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tbsp sugar
2 and 1/2 cups water
4 boneless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 and 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons orange juice
½ tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon minced green chilies
Some Salt and Black Pepper, as per taste


For Spicy Cranberry Sauce:

  1.  To begin with, soak the DelMonte Cranberries in 1½ cup of hot water and cover them. Keep this mixture aside for 1½ to 2 hours.
  2. After your cranberries have soaked and freshened up, add them along with green chilies and garlic into a blender and blend it to a fine paste.
  3. Then, transfer this cranberry paste into a wide bottom pan. Add another cup of hot water, red chili flakes, lemon juice, lemon zest and a tablespoon of butter. 
  4. Time to get the mix boiling.  Cook until it reaches the sauce consistency as per your desire.
  5. For a dash of sweetness, add some sugar to the sauce and mix well. Cook for another couple of minutes and take it off the heat.
  6. Now, keep it aside to rest. 

For Grilled Cilantro Citrus Chicken:

  1. Now that the sauce is ready, it’s time for the chicken! Combine melted butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, orange juice, green chili, cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste in a bowl and mix well. 
  2. Now, add the chicken breasts to the prepared marinade, cover and keep it aside for 30 minutes. Let it absorb those beautiful flavours.
  3.  Heat the grill pan and coat the pan with butter. Grill the marinated chicken breasts from both the sides until nicely brown and then take it off the pan. But hold back from digging in just yet!
  4. Arrange your golden grilled chicken on a platter topped with the spicy cranberry sauce and serve it along with the roasted veggies. If you want, you can also add some more cranberry sauce on the side. 

Pull out your knives and forks and enjoy every bite! 

NOTE:  You can keep the consistency of the sauce as you like. If you would like to preserve the sauce, add ½ tablespoon of vinegar along with the sugar and cook it for 3 to 4 minutes. Then cool it and transfer to a clean airtight jar. You can preserve it under refrigeration easily for 3 weeks.

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