Redecorating means 4 minute chicken

This time of year starts to get hectic for all of us, the holidays coming up, cooking and decorating~so I am going to be doing lots of quick and easy things, we all need shortcuts during busy days…

My kitchen is currently a sea of turkeys~ about to trot off to holiday tables~ with a sleigh full of Santas to follow~

turkey glasses

This is my busiest time for JMdesigns, and I’m already feeling the holiday crunch.

I don’t need extra projects right now, but things keep popping up, CC’s Baptism, a destination wedding, football parties every Saturday, Grandparents Day at school, plus I just found out that I might have to host Thanksgiving and Christmas this year,  all the little fun things that add up to massive amounts of time!


“When are you going to do something about that ottoman?” said HH, “it’s looking rough!” I had been covering it up with fabric and trays for months [click here to see the ugly details]

Uh oh.  This is really the elephant in the room!


There it is, right smack in the middle of the room, faux leather peeling and cracking all over the place…and those sad saggy chairs that get used and abused~


“I’m waiting for the new West Elm to open!  They have a free in home design service.”

“Why do you want a designer?” he asked, “You never needed a designer before!” Interpret that to mean how much does it cost and nothing is ever free!!

“Oh, you know, get a new perspective…I’m not committed to anything she suggests,  just thought it would be interesting…fresh eyes and all that.”

You really need to do something, and I thought you were a designer ….”

And apparently we decided this was the perfect time to remodel our family room!!

So, hence this 4 minute chicken

cranberry chicken bake

It only takes 4 minutes to prep. Four minutes!


Sprinkle the chicken with dry onion soup mix


Then cover with cranberry sauce


Top with that bright orange retro French dressing that nobody eats anymore


And it’s done!


Four minutes!!  Now you have time for some redecorating!


I did start with this rug from West Elm and brought in the white chairs from the living room~


Then I decided to do a little shopping.  In 2 hours I had bought 4 chairs and a rug.  Well, that should do it!


Bye Bye ugly shedding ottoman!!

Bye Bye heavy dark leather furniture!  

Now, I probably won’t get around to all the little details and touches until January, I have pieces to paint and redo, but I am so grateful to have a bright new look! And so grateful to be rid of the ottoman monster!

The first thing HHjr said was, “Mom, I can’t believe you are going to use all this white furniture with the kids around!”

Ha! You know what I didn’t say?

I didn’t say I’ve decided to take my house back!

I didn’t say, no more can the boys walk around eating blueberries, they eat in the kitchen!

I didn’t say, my house my rules…

But you can be assured, I will be saying these things very soon!!

In the meantime, I’m off to buy some Scotchguard!

cranberry chicken

Here’s the recipe:

Cranberry Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts cut into tenders 3-4 tenders per breast
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 16 oz whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 8 oz spicy-sweet French dressing [Kraft Catalina]


  • Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  • Place in a lightly greased baking dish, sized to hold your chicken in an even layer.
  • Sprinkle evenly with soup mix.
  • Stir cranberry sauce and spoon over chicken.
  • Top evenly with dressing and cover with foil.
  • Bake at 400 for 40 min. Reduce to 350 and remove foil and bake for 20 more minutes.
Keyword baked chicken, chicken casserole, cranberry chicken, easy chicken dinner, easy stuffing, Thanksgiving

For more photos and sides to go with the Cranberry Chicken Click Here

Hopefully my super simple favorites might help you out during your crazy busy times too!


rug/west elm

floral chair/ Alabama Furniture Market


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23 Responses to “Redecorating means 4 minute chicken”
  1. Mary says:

    Hi Jenna! Love your 2 hour room update and 4 minute chicken! Everyone needs quick & easy recipes like that, and it looks so moist and flavorful too! Just the thought of the holidays looming puts me in panic mode and I’m glad I have the excuse that there isn’t seating for 17 of us for Thanksgiving 🙂 Love your festive gobblers~ so fun!

    P.S.Your link appears to be broken to your design gallery.

  2. The glasses look great and have fun with the re-model! Yep, the next couple months tend to be a whirl-wind, enjoy:@)

  3. chefconnie says:

    I want that geometric rug.

  4. Jenna, the cranberry chicken looks great and I love the new look in the family room! Can’t wait to see more! 🙂
    Also….THIS: “My kitchen is currently a sea of turkeys~ about to trot off to holiday tables~ with a sleigh full of Santas to follow~” IS AWESOME!! Loved it!

  5. Love the redecorating and the new chair! So cute.

  6. Kim says:

    Great chair and rug! The chicken dish looks yummy, and so easy! I’m pinning it. Good luck with all your redecorating. 🙂

  7. I make this every Christmas eve! I finally have one of your recipes:) Yes, the french dressing nobody eats anymore…isn’t it funny how things come and go. Your unsaid answers…are hilarious!

    • Thanks Laurie! I was delighted to hear that someone else loves this recipe! It really is a classic! I like it even more now knowing your family has it for Christmas Eve! Have a great weekend 🙂

  8. The chicken looks good … will try it.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  9. Maria says:

    Hi Jenna! I just found your blog from a comment you left on my site! Looks like you have some great recipes and ideas here! I love all the patterns on your new furniture. Thanks for the easy chicken recipe -quick recipes are always so helpful.

  10. Rhonda says:

    I love your writing style. I’m impressed at how quick you picked out your furniture. I take forever! I will have to add you to my bloglist. Great blog!

  11. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    The chicken sounds fabulous and the chair and rug are gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  12. I love your rug and room makeover, and that chicken looks deelish. can you maybe explain to me what the French dressing does to it? is that a weird question? like, i’d just think that the cranberry sauce would be good enough.

    • I really can’t explain it but it mixes with the cranberry and reduces into a flavorful and less sweet sauce~I know it sounds weird and looks sort of shocking, but it’s really good! I make it all the time and Laurie from Pride in Photography said she makes it every Christmas! I hope you like it! Thanks for the nice comments!

  13. Rattlebridge Farm -- Foodie Friday says:

    I can so relate to the 4-minute chicken. I will be cooking this a LOT. Love your new rug from West Elm! It’s perfect!

  14. Miz Helen says:

    What a great busy day recipe and menu, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Julie K. says:

    I believe it´s going to be so hectic with the holidays coming up and families coming for visits but as I can see you proved to be a master of your skill with that chicken. I hope you will manage to do everything on time. I will try to do the same.

  16. Barbara at Mantel and Table says:

    Scanning for chicken recipes to go with your parmesan potatoes – I promised myself I’d just skim through and find what I wanted, but you’re so funny and I identified so much, that I got caught up, and here I am having read every word and laughing all the way through it! 🤣 Great chicken recipe too, btw! I’ll have to stop by the retro store and get some dressing! THANKS!

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