Succulent Cherry Chicken: A Refreshing Summer Recipe

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy flavourful recipes that feel truly special. Today we’re introducing our take on a classic favourite: cherry chicken. This vibrant recipe has just the right balance of sweetness and acidity, making it the perfect dish for a sun-soaked evening meal.


• 4-6 chicken breasts
• 2 cans of pitted cherries
• 2 shallots, finely diced
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
• ¼ cup of white sugar
• 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
• 2 tablespoons of thyme
• 2 tablespoons of oregano
• 2 tablespoons of rosemary
• Salt, to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. In a bowl, combine the cherries, shallots, garlic, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, white sugar, red wine vinegar, thyme, oregano, and rosemary. Season with salt to taste.
3. Grease a large baking dish with olive oil, then place the chicken breasts in the dish.
4. Pour the cherry mixture over the chicken breasts, ensuring each piece is evenly coated.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
6. Serve the cherry chicken with basmati rice or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

This cherry chicken recipe takes elements from both European and North American culinary traditions – from the marinating and baking techniques of Europe to the usage of cherries, a North American specialty. The combination of sweet and tart flavours brings a unique twist to the classic dish, giving it an extra burst of refreshment on a hot summer day.

If you’re looking for a tasty meal that brings a unique twist to the dinner table, give this cherry chicken recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed! For more recipes that infuse classic dishes with North American influences, check out our recipe for red velvet pancakes or our take on sweet and sour pork.