Roast Chicken with Butternut Squash

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 35m

Serves 4

Chicken quarters roasted with golden squash and sage are nice for a chilly autumn evening. To help the squash to brown evenly, be sure to spoon off the fat from the roasting pan after removing the breasts. This is a case where less is more: A thin layer of fat will brown the vegetable better than a quarter-inch of it.
WINE RECOMMENDATION: This winter-weight dish calls for a simple but robust red, and the sturdy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, with its roasted-berry flavor, is just right. Best of all, it's among the least expensive of all Italian reds.

ingredients

  • 1 chicken (3 to 3 1/2 pounds), quartered
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 small butternut squash (about 2 1/4 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 3 tablespoons water

directions

Heat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Coat the chicken quarters with 1 tablespoon of the oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. Arrange the chicken quarters, skin-side up, in a large roasting pan. Toss the cubes of butternut squash with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper, and the sage. Add the cubes of squash to the roasting pan.

Cook, stirring the squash occasionally, until the chicken breasts are just done, about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and remove the breasts from the pan. Tilt the roasting pan and spoon off most of the fat. Return the pan to the oven. Continue cooking until the chicken legs and the squash are done, about 10 minutes longer. Remove the chicken and squash from the pan.

Pour off the fat from the roasting pan. Set the pan over moderate heat and add the water. Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to dislodge any brown bits. Boil until reduced to approximately 2 tablespoons. Add any accumulated juices from the chicken. Spoon the sauce over the chicken.

Variations:

  • Instead of the butternut, use your favorite winter squash, such as acorn or Hubbard--or, to be really Italian, try pumpkin.

  • Replace the chicken quarters with halved Cornish hens.

    Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

  • RecID 1304

    nutrition information per serving

    579 calories; 15g total fat; 197mg cholesterol; 667mg sodium; 30g carbohydrates; 9g fiber; 81g protein

    These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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