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Roasted Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Thighs


This chicken.

What can I even say about it?

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It’s simple enough to throw together any night of the week, but impressive enough to serve for a special occasion.

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Best Cranberry Balsamic Roast Chicken Recipe 

Original Recipe from Follow link here.)

Prep: 15 mins , Total Time: 45 mins to the table


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 c. fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 sprigs rosemary, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar (optional)
  • Zest of 1 orange


Preheat oven to 325°. ‘

In a large ovenproof skillet over medium high heat, heat olive oil. Add chicken skin side-down and cook until the skin is golden and crispy, about 4 minutes. Remove chicken from heat and place on plate, skin side-up, to rest for just a bit.

Melt butter in the same skillet where you have just browned the chicken, then add cranberries, balsamic vinegar, garlic, brown sugar (if using), and orange zest. Return chicken to skillet and scatter herbs all around. Simmer until the liquid begins to thicken and the cranberries start to soften, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Transfer to oven and cook until the chicken thighs are cooked through, 18 to 20 minutes more.

Serve warm alongside your favorite starch, green vegetable, or tossed salad for a complex, but deceptively simple meal!

Cranberry Balsamic Chicken

I am always looking for inspiring recipes for chicken, a protein I always have handy in my fridge or freezer. But, quite frankly, plain old chicken can be boring. But, not this dish! It’s full of flavor and personality.

I think you are really going to enjoy this one. Be sure and let me know what you think if you make it!




Each Sunday, our Pastor Tim asks the same question as part of his invitation. He says, “What is the next step that the Lord is calling you towards today?”

For some, it could be learning more about Jesus Christ, and what it would mean to invite Him to be both Savior and Lord.

For others, that have been believers for many years, it could be taking another step forward, learning more about His character, and sharing the good news with those around them.

Or maybe, it’s learning how to fully surrender. It’s one thing to name Him Savior of your life, but a whole other thing to acknowledge His lordship and sovereignty over every aspect of your life.

Maybe it’s calling you to a new mission, a new calling on your life, a dream you never thought could be accomplished or an impossible goal suddenly looms on the horizon.

And then, he closes each service by saying, “Let’s go out of this place and be the church out there and live on mission for Him. Daily.”

So much of Tim’s message resonated as I read this devotion from Brian Houston, lead Pastor of Hillsong United. I am hoping it touches your heart and challenges your spirit too…

“God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG)
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“What are the deepest longings of your heart — the “more” you want in your life that you’re afraid to voice out loud?

Over the years, I’ve learned to trust God with the secret desires of my soul. And I can testify to God’s faithfulness when it comes to giving me more of His vision, His presence and His calling, all for a purpose bigger than mine.

Have you ever stopped to wonder what God’s response would be to your heart’s cry for more?

I believe the Savior of the universe would bend down in the most caring of manners and say, “More what? And how much more? My supply is unending. My mercy is limitless. My grace is more than you need.”

The more God wants for your life is beyond comprehension. Our key verse today, Ephesians 3:20‑21, tells us, “God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

It changed my thinking and my life when I realized the power of this truth: God can do anything. And not just a little bit more than we dream of. Far more.

So what are your craziest ideas, deepest longings and grandest plans — the things you’ve barely allowed your soul to imagine? Because even those grand plans aren’t enough. All of heaven is looking down upon you, shaking their heads and saying, “Is that all? Is that all she wants? Is that all he can dream up?”

Allow me to stretch your thinking, because we serve the ultimate Big Thinker. No plans of yours even compare to God’s. The amazing truth is, God can take every limitation that’s been put on your life — by you or by others — and expand your heart and purpose in a way that’s way bigger, way higher, way more effective than anything you could imagine.

You can never out-dream God.”

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