Coconut Almond Cranberry Chicken Recipe

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This coconut almond cranberry chicken recipe is quick to make on a busy weeknight!

It took some doing, but even Mini Chef loved this one!

We sat down at the dinner table and I put this bowl in front of him. I’m not sure if it was his mood or if he just didn’t want to eat what I was serving, but he crossed his arms way up high on his little chest, tucked his chin in and stared down at the table. He avoided any eye contact with his dinner. In fact, he tried very hard to avoid eye contact with both my ex-husband and myself as well. For whatever reason, he was just determined that this one bowl of food was not going into his tummy, no matter what.

Clean Eating Coconut Almond Cranberry Chicken in a white bowl, shown up close. You see the chances of chicken, the red cranberries and plenty of spinach.

Well, thankfully we have a sense of humor around here. Both me and my ex-husband started making funny faces at him until he just could no longer hold in his giggles. At that point, I managed to shovel one small piece of chicken into his now smiling mouth and his eyes lit up immediately. I asked him if he liked it, and he enthusiastically shook his head yes. His bad mood was instantly gone. (Aaaah, the power of food over the male species. It never ceases to amaze me…)

So needless to say, we had a very enjoyable dinner. And I will definitely be making this bowl of deliciousness again!


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Clean Eating Coconut Almond Cranberry Chicken Recipe

Coconut Almond Cranberry Chicken

A deliciously easy meal you can serve a few different ways.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 252kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • ½ cup almonds (chopped)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can light coconut milk
  • ½ cup dried cranberries (I used fruit juice sweetened cranberries from Whole Foods or amazon)
  • 4 cups raw spinach leaves (tightly packed when measuring)
  • 2 lb. chicken breast (chopped into bite-sized pieces)
  • ½ tsp. fresh ginger (finely grated with a microplane)
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon


  • Combine all ingredients in a large pan and cook over medium to medium-high until the chicken is fully cooked through. 
  • Serve by itself or over brown rice or whole grain pasta.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data does not include suggested brown rice or whole grain pasta.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1440IU | Vitamin C: 5.6mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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  1. This looks so good. I’m putting it on my “recipe’s to try” list.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Whitney – Great! I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Afieldingphoto says:

    I love all your recipes!!! I wanted to let you know that every time I try and pin your recipes to Pinterest it won’t work for me. So I usually do my own ‘ADD’ so I can have it on my Food Board. Thanks again for all the great ideas!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Afieldingphoto – Thank you. I’m aware of the problem and I do have somebody working on it. I hope to have it fixed shortly.

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Kay – My pleasure! Enjoy!

  4. graciouspantry says:

    Joey – Wonderful! I’m glad you both enjoyed it!

  5. Sarah Masci says:

    Yum! Absolutely making this recipe for dinner this week!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Sarah – Fabulous! I hope you enjoy it!

  6. Made this tonight – it is soooo good!! Will definitely make this again, my husband wants to add mushrooms next time.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Nicole – I’m sure that would be delicious!

  7. Bre-Pink-angel says:

    I couldn’t believe it, my dish I cooked looked the exact same as the picture for once! So happy 😀 Tasted good too

  8. Not sure about the cinnamon??? Would it still be good without?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      It would, but it would be lacking. Trust me, the cinnamon is good in this! Cinnamon and chicken go very well together.

  9. thanks for the recipe! Serving mine with quinoa…yum yum!!

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Bahahaha!!!! That’s funny! Glad you both enjoyed it!

  11. Jan Hodges Romeo says:

    You cooked it on the stove, right? Mine’s broken at the moment; think I could do this in the crockpot? Maybe add the spinach toward the end?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I wouldn’t recommend this for the slow cooker, no. Sorry!

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  13. Can I use carton dairy free coconut milk or does it have to be from can?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I haven’t seen any cartons that are clean. But if you know of one, feel free. It’s also been my experience that the stuff in the cans is much thicker.

  14. There are so many of your recipes that I have on my list to try – this is one of them! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cyndy Q. – I hope you enjoy it!

  15. I made this the other night, all I had on hand were dried cherries instead of cranberries – it turned out really good, I can’t wait to try it with cranberries!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenn – Awesome! Glad it worked out! 🙂

  16. Tara Meadows says:

    I am not a fan of cooked spinach, I wonder if i could cook the chicken and then serve on raw spinach?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tara – Sure!

  17. Can anyone tell me about how long it needs to be cooked on low? I will be gone all day so don’t have the luxury of checking frequently to test doneness!

    Thanks, Julie

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie W – Are you sure you have the right recipe? It sounds like you’re asking about a slow cooker recipe, and this is made on the stovetop.

  18. I didn’t think this had much flavor. Thanks though.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erin – Wow! Really? Sounds like something happened there. Mine had tons of flavor. Did you make any changes at all?

  19. says:

    This sounds great except for the ginger. Is ginger a prominent flavor?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      mjboyd2009 – I don’t think it was, but if you are worried about it, you can just leave it out. Enjoy! 🙂

  20. What temperature would you recommend cooking this at? Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Danielle – About medium to medium-high heat.

  21. Great thank you! I actually made it this evening, and it was delicious! So healthy too! I will definitely be making this again. Thanks again for sharing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Danielle – My pleasure! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 😀

  22. How long does this take to cook?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Katy – Depends on how thick your chicken pieces are. I would guess about 20-30 minutes, give or take.

  23. Also, should this be covered while cooking?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Katy – I did not cover it when I made it.

  24. OMG, this is probably the best chicken recipe I have tried so far. I cannot stand dry chicken and fortunately this dish was super juicy, sweet, and delicious! I even brought the leftovers to work for lunch today. Tonight we will be trying your black bean, sweet potato, and turkey recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kimi – I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 😀

  25. Is it possible to get the nutritional value of this dish? Thank you, I just love your recipe’s.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – Sadly, no. I had to stop offering nutrition data due to liability issues and am in the process of removing it all from my site. However, has a great calculator that will import the recipe for you using only the URL. Really quick and easy!

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