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Cranberry & Chicken Borscht

Heart-healthy beets loaded with antioxidants take centre stage in our protein-rich borscht. Easy to prepare in your slow cooker, this soup is sure to be a favourite in your household. We put a spin on this traditional European favourite by adding tart cranberries and a touch of brown sugar. Red wine vinegar provides just the right amount of acidity to complement the sweetness in this satisfying soup.
Serves: 10
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 8 hours


1 ⅔ lb skinless chicken legs and back
8 cups cold water
2 lb beets
1 cup red onion(s), chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp dill, minced
½ tsp caraway seed
1 cup sour cream, 14 % MF
10 sprigs dill, fresh

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Place chicken in bottom of the slow cooker.

  2. Wash and dice beets. Add to slow cooker with cold water. Add onion, garlic, bay leaves, cranberries, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, brown sugar, dill and caraway seed.

  3. Cook on low heat 8-12 hours. Discard bay leaves. Remove chicken from soup to cool. Remove meat from the bone. Shred or dice and add back to the soup.

  4. To serve, ladle into bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream and a sprig or two of the fresh dill. If you want to be more creative mix the sour cream with a little milk and swirl artfully onto the top of the bowls. Then crown with a dill sprig.

Nutrition Info

Per 420 g serving Amount
Protein17 g
Fat7 g
Saturated Fat3 g
Carbohydrate16 g
Fibre3 g
Sugar10 g
Cholesterol70 mg
Sodium270 mg
Per 420 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A4
Vitamin C15
Vitamin B620
Vitamin B1216