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Baked Chicken and Acorn Squash Recipe

Baked Chicken and Acorn Squash Recipe

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 YIELD: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.

Reviews for Baked Chicken and Acorn Squash

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browns19fan User ID: 919833 256878
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2016 Edited Nov. 21, 2016

"As usual, I halved the recipe for the two of us. But neither of us was thrilled with the peaches; their flavor added a jarring note to the dish, even though the taste of the peaches' syrup fit right in. Next time I will try pears, as someone else suggested. I served this melange over rice. I also removed the skin from the chicken before preparing it, both to eliminate excess fat and to allow the brown sugar and rosemary to be absorbed."

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KatandSing User ID: 5956648 41878
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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T2mmy001 User ID: 3945357 62737
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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gillettcookie User ID: 3422974 80447
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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atsu07 User ID: 5807154 80379
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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ErinC71 User ID: 6213638 33165
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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KoryStar81 User ID: 1972144 102647
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"Great using chicken breasts too!"

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CindyWhite&The7girls User ID: 5846207 28636
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"I would not only make this again - but I will add this recipe to my "bring a meal to people" list!

This was so easy and so delicious!
Some things I adjusted (because I do that a lot)
- garlic powder, instead of fresh
- olive oil, I always use olive for everything
- frozen chicken breasts,instead of bone-in...
- and I forgot to baste, but that was ok because for some reason I thought the recipe called for a drizzling of honey.....
- nor did I do any "browning" of the meat
Now for presentation and time allowing - I think I would stick to the original recipe. The way I did it tonight, though, was perfect because at 5:30 I didn't even have a plan.....just some beautiful Acorn Squash that needed a new idea!
My seven girls loved it....and so did their picky dad!"

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SetFree42 User ID: 5497739 41876
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"This was delicious!! It would not fit in a 9X13" pan so I just used my big roasting pan. But it's definitely a keeper - a great fall recipe!"

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karenkeg User ID: 5449140 28089
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"Everyone loved it. I'd add a little broth, next time."

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chubbygirl58 User ID: 3490282 32019
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2009

"This was wonderful. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and fresh rosemary. I increased the brown sugar to 1/2 cup. It is so tasty."

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