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3 Ingredient Cherry Chicken

This delicious 3 ingredient Cherry Chicken is an easy and healthy meal option. Pair it with some yellow rice and veggies for a tasty and wholesome meal.

Delicious and easy 3-ingredient Cherry Chicken

In this 3-Ingredient Cherry Chicken, chicken tenderloins are tossed in a delicious blend of cherry chutney and harissa. The result is tender chicken that is flavored with a delicious blend of tangy, spicy, and sweet.

I love this chicken dinner. To me, it is so easy to make, it is delicious, it is healthy, and it is a versatile menu item.

3 ingredients needed to make Cherry Chicken.

What are the ingredients needed to make this 3 ingredient Cherry Chicken?

For this easy dish, you will need the following ingredients:

  1. Chicken Tenderloins
    Chicken tenderloins usually have those little white stringy tags in them. I usually like to cut these out before I cook.
  2. Cherry Chutney
    I use homemade cherry chutney in this recipe. If you prefer, you could also use store-bought cherry chutney. While I haven’t tried it yet, you could also use mango chutney or onion chutney in this recipe.
  3. Harissa
    Harissa is a hot chili paste or powder usually made with roasted peppers and a smorgasbord of herbs and spices. As I’ve mentioned before, I love New York Shuk’s Fiery Harissa. I am not being paid by them to say this, this is just one of my go-to Harissa. You can usually find it at Whole Foods and Sprouts stores. You can also get it online via New York Shuk’s website or Amazon. I use this Harissa in everything from simple side dishes like these sautéed cucumbers to more elaborate meals like this Harissa Salmon with Asparagus and Israeli Couscous.
Mixing the 3 ingredients together preparing to cook the chicken.

How do you make this recipe?

This recipe involves one cutting board and knife, one bowl, and one skillet and spatula.

First off, remove the chicken from the packaging and cut it into bite-sized pieces.

Then, add in the cherry chutney and harissa and mix it well. There are times when I feel like I do not want to dirty a bowl. Those times, I will add the harissa and chutney onto the cut-up chicken while it is on the cutting board, and mix it up.

Then set a large frying pan or heavy-bottomed pan on a stove top set to a medium flame/heat and add some splashes of your favorite oil to it.

After that, add in the cherry chutney and harissa-coated chicken and saute until the chicken is cooked (timings and quantities are noted in the recipe card below).

How long to cook chicken tenderloins on the stove?

The best way to cook chicken tenderloins so they are not too dry is to cook them in a skillet over a stovetop set to medium-high to high heat for about 3 minutes on each side.

As the chicken tenderloins are cut into smaller bite-sized pieces, these pieces could cook quicker than the whole tenderloin, sometimes taking 2 minutes to 2.5 minutes to cook.

After sauteing the bite-sized chicken for 2.5 minutes or so, I usually take the pan off the stove and leave it covered for about 5 minutes or so.

This quick saute, along with letting the chicken rest covered for a bit, as well as the cherry chutney have helped me cook up some juicy and tasty cherry chicken every time I have tried this recipe.

Easy and tasty 3-ingredient Cherry Chicken made with chicken tenderloins, cherry chutney, and harissa.

How to serve this cherry chicken?

This cherry chicken can be tossed into a salad.

It can also be served in a bowl, along with my favorite roasted sweet potatoes, some greens, cucumber, and tomato.

Or, it can be served with your favorite rice, quinoa, or pasta and some veggies for a wholesome meal.

Easy and tasty 3-ingredient Cherry Chicken made with chicken tenderloins, cherry chutney, and harissa.

3 Ingredient Cherry Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

This delicious 3 ingredient Cherry Chicken is an easy and healthy meal option. Pair it with some yellow rice and veggies for a tasty and wholesome meal.


  • 2 Tablespoons oil of your choice
  • 16 oz chicken tenderloins
  • 3 Tablespoons cherry chutney (i used homemade, the recipe is linked in the directions)
  • 2 Tablespoons Harissa
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL: Parsley for garnish


  1. Remove the chicken tenderloins from the package and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to a bowl and add in the cherry chutney and the harissa, and mix well and set aside.
  3. Add the oil to a skillet or heavy-bottomed pan and add the spiced chicken tenderloin pieces to the hot pan.
  4. Let saute about 2 minutes to 2.5 minutes, then flip pieces over and let saute another 2 minutes to 2.5 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  5. Cover the pan with the chicken in it and set aside for about 5 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve warm, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 282Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 96mgSodium 290mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 36g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information. Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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David @ Spiced

Friday 13th of October 2023

Oooo - this sweet + spicy combo sounds great! I would never have thought pairing cherry with chicken, but once you added the harissa it made a lot of sense. I could see this becoming an easy weeknight meal. I wonder if there's a way to use this chicken in another recipe - maybe some form of tacos?? Fusion food at its best!

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