Apple Cider Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash.
The calendar says it’s Spring in our little corner of the world, but Mother Nature insists it’s Winter. I guess since our Winter this year was often more like Spring, we have to deal with a bit of Winter in Spring.
The day I made this recipe last week (the second official day of Spring), we had more snow fall in one day than we have had in one day in the past eight years (approximately 8 inches).
So this super easy, healthy, delicious one pan oven-roasted meal I found at TheLemonBowl.com and tweaked slightly was a welcomed delight.
Using cinnamon as a spice for a savory meal is a surprising delight! Don’t be afraid to use it liberally. When combined with salt and coarse black pepper and lots of garlic, it just sings with flavor.
The original recipe called for apple cider, which I did not have, so I found a lonely bottle of Angry Orchard Hard Cider in the back of the fridge that kicked butt in this recipe! I’m sure you could also substitute apple juice.
I was really tempted to throw in a handful of cashews or pecans (and might next time). What do you think?
I served this with a simple salad of fresh greens, and here is how I made it. Hope you will give it a try.
Apple Cider Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash
- 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed (approx 4 cups
- 1 large bulb garlic (approx. 12 cloves), peeled
- 2/3 cup apple cider (I used Angry Orchard Hard Apple Cider!)
- 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
- Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place butternut squash cubes and whole peeled garlic cloves on bottom of large cast iron skillet or roasting pan. Pour cider over all.
Place chicken breasts on top. Drizzle with olive oil. Season all with cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
Cover loosely with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes or until chicken is done and butternut squash is soft.
Cheers & Hugs,