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Baked Chicken and Acorn Squash Recipe
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Baked Chicken and Acorn Squash Recipe

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This eye-pleasing main dish is ideal for harvesttime with its colorful acorn squash and sweet peaches. The fragrance of rosemary-seasoned chicken baking is heavenly. My family says it's every bit as delicious as it smells.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 small acorn squash (1-1/4 pounds each)
  • 2 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) sliced peaches, undrained

Directions

  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Cut each half widthwise into 1/2-in. slices; discard ends. Place slices in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with garlic and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil.
  2. In a large skillet, brown chicken in remaining oil. Arrange chicken over squash. Combine the brown sugar, rosemary and salt; sprinkle over chicken. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes, basting with pan juices twice.
  3. Pour peaches over chicken and squash. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 180°. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Baked Chicken and Acorn Squash in Country Woman September/October 2000, p29

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Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"I used 8 skinless boneless chicken thighs. I also basted it with chicken stock. This is so good! Who would have thought that the peaches would add such great flavor. I used olive oil a well"

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"Easy to make. The fragrance is wonderful and the flavor even better. I served it to guest and it was a big hit."

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Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"looks great... looking for recipes to use all this squash from the garden. wonder if I could use just regular yellow squash?"

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Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"I served this to guests for my first time making it. I most definitely did not go wrong! The ooo's and ahhhh's lasted all evening! Even my husband was giving me the wide-eyed look. I did make a few changes to the recipe. I used pears instead of peaches, Costco's seasoning salt instead of regular salt (same amount) and butternut squash instead of acorn. I also doubled the recipe. Delicious!"

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"This was a surprisingly good dish. I was a little concerned, as it looked like a lot of liquid in the pan, but my husband and son devoured it. The chicken picks up a nice flavor from the squash, peaches and rosemary. I used boneless breasts, which I thought got a little dry, so I think next time I will use bone-in chicken pieces."

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