Apple & Butternut Squash Roasted Chicken

Gluten-Free, Main Dishes

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I love one-pan meals, and roasted chicken is one of the easiest AND most comforting meals to make when the weather gets cooler.  This dish takes very little effort to prepare with simple ingredients including local beautiful BC Tree Fruit Gala apples. I chose Gala apples for this recipe because they keep their shape when roasted, but you could also use Granny Smith or Golden Delicious.  Apples are a perfect compliment to the earthy sweet squash, and when all roasted together in the same pan, give you a side dish and a main dish all in one (you’ll still want to have another side dish or two if your crowd is as hungry as mine usually is).  Which means less time fussing in the kitchen and more time visiting with your guests!

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We’ve been eating less animal products these days in favour of more plants, and really making sure that our meat, fish and poultry is ethically sourced from a local supplier that we know and trust. I’d encourage you to do the same!

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole organic chicken (approximately 1.4 kg or 3 lb)
  • 4 c. – 1″ diced butternut squash (1 medium squash, seeded and peeled)
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and cut into 8 quartered pieces.
  • 2 BC Tree Fruit Gala apples, quartered and cored
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)
  • pepper
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Place the squash, onion and apple slices evenly on a large baking sheet.  Place the chicken on top of the squash mixture in the centre of the pan.  Pour 1 Tbsp. of the oil on the chicken and the remaining 2 Tbsp. on the vegetables. Place a 1/4 of the onion inside the cavity of the chicken along with 3 thyme sprigs and truss the chicken with twine.
  3. Scatter the remaining thyme over the vegetables and season everything with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for approximately an hour or until done, setting the oven to broil for the last 5-10 minutes to brown the chicken.

Thank you to BC Tree Fruits for sponsoring this post!

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