Take-out Tuesday, Summer Thanksgiving

This is a summer version of Thanksgiving,

Lots holiday flavors in a no sweat, easy weeknight meal

Cranberry chicken, stuffing, string beans with almonds…

You can have this entire dinner prepped and in the oven in 15 minutes!

First get the chicken going

Marinated the chicken in buttermilk overnight if you have time, it just makes it extra moist

Cut the chicken breasts in half or into tenders so it can soak up lots of yummy sauce

I use these handy dandy plastic cutting mats from Bed Bath & Beyond.  Put them on your cutting board or counter top, cut meat and throw it in the dishwasher

No worrisome bacteria lurking about

Put the chicken in a prepared dish that is just the right size and top it with the onion soup mix

Spread the whole berry cranberry sauce over all

Then cover the whole thing with that crazy retro French Salad dressing from the ’70s

Quick, cover it before anyone sees this orange mess!

Pop it in 400 degree oven for 40 minutes, then reduce heat to 350, uncover and bake for 20 minutes more

When its done, it doesn’t look scary at all, just a dish of yummy bubbling goodness

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

Now for the stuffing, 1,2,3,4 ingredients plus Pepperidge Farm Stuffing Mix

Put the stuffing mix in a prepared casserole and toss in the chopped onion and celery

Pour in the melted butter and chicken broth and stir it up

Pop it in the oven to heat for about 20-30 minutes


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 3 cups Pepperidge Farm Herb Stuffing Mix
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped1
  • 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 4 T butter
  • *1/2 -1 cup pecan halves


  • Mix together in a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until hot. Just stick it in the oven when you uncover the chicken.Serves 4
Keyword Coconut Dressing, stuffing, stuffing with celery and pecans, Thanksgiving

Add your favorite frozen vegetable and dinner is ready!

9 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Summer Thanksgiving”
  1. Jenna, chicken and dressing are always appropriate no matter the season. I love this new take on the traditional. Thanks for sharing and I want to try your recipes for sure.

  2. Jenna, I’ve got to try this easy dressing recipe. We love it and usually don’t make it during the summer but once in a while we crave it and this is so easy! Making me think about making as soon as I can gather the ingredients. Thanks for sharing this. Hugs………..

  3. Jenna, Thanks for the quick and easy recipe. I must try it.

  4. Jill Kuhn says:

    I am a big fan of Thanksgiving year round! This looks so delish, Jenna! 🐔❤️

  5. Sharon Mann says:

    I would like this dish right now…delicious recipe.

  6. Looks pretty darned tasty. TG any day!

  7. Cyndi Raines says:

    It’s supper time and I’m hungry. This looks delish! Need to try that chicken dish for sure! It all looks very tasty!

  8. Jodi says:

    what a fun idea!!!

  9. Mary says:

    Jenna, Now I’m thinking of Thanksgiving…Fall can’t get here quickly enough for me!

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