Gluten Free Manhattan Chicken Recipe

Gluten Free Manhattan Chicken Recipe

How do you make everyday chicken fancy enough for guests?

First, call it something special – Manhattan Chicken just oozes sophistication! I named this dish Gluten Free Manhattan Chicken because it uses some of the same ingredients found in the classic cocktail, “The Manhattan.”  The fact that it sounds tres chic is an added plus.

Second, roast the chicken parts. Roasted chicken is a favorite for a reason; roasting really makes the chicken juicy and succulent. And it is so easy! Just toss the cut-up chicken pieces in some olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and then let your oven do all the work. I like to use chicken legs with the thighs attached because we are big dark-meat fans in this house and it makes for a generous portion, feel free to use chicken breasts or a combination of parts if you prefer. For maximum flavor use chicken parts with the bone in and the skin on.

And third, make a super simple sauce that adds not only fabulous taste but amazing color. As I said the sauce uses some of the ingredients from the cocktail of the same name; whiskey and maraschino cherries with a dash of lemon zest instead of the bitters and some pomegranate juice.

So there you have it, a Wednesday night meal fancy enough for Saturday night!

Gluten Free Manhattan Chicken


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Gluten Free Manhattan Chicken Recipe
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Gluten Free Manhattan Chicken Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 612kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and legs - (or chicken breasts or combination)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries - roughly chopped
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons whiskey
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the chicken on a sheet pan, and drizzle with the olive oil. Finely grate the zest of the lemon and reserve for the sauce. Squeeze the lemon juice on the chicken and season with the salt and pepper. Rub the oil all over the chicken piece and then bake for 50 -60 minutes or until the skin is golden brown and the juice from the chicken runs clear when you pierce with a knife.
  • While the chicken bakes, make the sauce. In a small saucepan, combine the zest of the lemon with the chopped cherries, pomegranate juice and whiskey. Bring to a boil and then simmer, uncovered until the liquid reduces by half and the mixture thickens - about 8 minutes. Stir the cold butter into the sauce to give it gloss and body. Taste the sauce and add some salt and pepper if needed. Reserve until the chicken is done.
  • To serve, spoon the sauce on top of the chicken or serve on the side.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Manhattan Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 612 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 195mg8%
Potassium 479mg14%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 402IU8%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Cherries Chicken Lemon Manhattan Pomegranate Roasted Whiskey
  1. Julia Lynn
    February 25, 2011

    Sounds delicious!!! YUM!

  2. Karen
    February 25, 2011

    This looks so good! Love the cocktail reference.

  3. February 26, 2011

    Would never have thought to use the maraschino cherries, great idea to go with a classic combo. Yumm…

  4. Sarah
    March 1, 2011

    I made this on Sunday and everyone swooned! Thank you so much.

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  6. Ann Leizerovici
    May 12, 2012

    Besides the “short-lived” EDF, I feel like I am in a game drought. Nothing is coming out until September!

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