Sunday, 24 June 2012

One pan dinner- Chicken with Butternut Squash

I like food. A lot. But like most people, I don't like washing up. So any meal that uses the least number of pans is a good meal in my opinion.  Today I had a butternut squash and some chicken to use up, so I made this:

Chicken with butternut squash, roasted in the oven, with boiled rice and broccoli on the side. It took just 2 pans- an oven tray and a small saucepan- and about 35-40 minutes to make, including all prep and roasting time. I'm calling it a One Pan Dinner because the rice is optional, you could choose a side dish that doesn't involve cooking, like bagged salad.


  • Chicken breast- 1 small one per person
  • Butternut squash- 1/2 will serve 2 people
  • Red onion- 1/4 per 2 people
  • Fresh rosemary (I got mine from my mother's herb garden)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic (fresh or puréed)
  • Olive oil
  1. Turn on your oven to 200°C and get out an oven tray.
  2. Cut your chicken breast into 1 inch strips and put on the oven tray.
  3. Cleave your butternut squash in half with the biggest, sharpest, weightiest knife you've got, and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Peel off the tough outer skin, and cube into chunks about of about 1inch and put on the oven tray.
  4. Dice up your onion and sprinkle it over your squash and chicken.
  5. Tear up your rosemary and add.
  6. Season with salt and pepper. Add your garlic. I used puréed stuff out of a jar because we were out of fresh, but you could use fresh and crush it, finely dice it, or add whole cloves depending on how you feel.
  7. Generously drizzle over olive oil and get stuck in with your hands, spreading it all over everything.

At this point your tray of goodies should look like the picture above. Shove in your lovely hot oven and roast for ~25 minutes. I have a fan oven so you may need to roast yours for a little longer. It's a good idea to open up the oven couple of times during roasting and move things around so everything stays covered in oil.

During this time you can also prepare a side dish- carbs or more vegetables. The boiled rice and broccoli I made took about 15 minutes to cook.


Obviously it tastes disgusting, as evidenced by this photo of how much was ignored and pushed around our plates.

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