Roast Chicken with Butternut Squash and Apples

By Sugar Free Team on

There are as many ways to roast a chicken as there are cooks. This basic method is my favourite. Roasting the chicken perched on top of a thick bed of vegetables not only helps you prepare an entire meal at once but also guarantees that not a drop of flavour is lost. You can also skip all the normal laborious of slicing by simply shredding the meat into the works and tossing together a pan stew of sorts!


Instructions 

    Vegetable base

  • 1 medium butternut squash, cut into large chunks
  • 2 apples, cut into large chunks
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Lots of freshly ground pepper

    Chicken 

  •  A fresh whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds/1.4 to 1.8 kg)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Lots of freshly ground pepper


Instructions 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Turn on your convection fan if you have one. Get out your largest, heaviest roasting pan, large enough to hold the chicken.
  2. Toss together the butternut squash, apples, onions, garlic cloves, oil, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Fill the roasting pan with a thick even layer of the mixture.
  3. Season the chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Nestle it breast side up into the vegetable mixture. Bake until the chicken and vegetables are tender, lightly browned, delicious and an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thighs registers at least 165° (75ºC), about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven. Using 2 sets of tongs, and with the chicken still in the pan, pull the meat from the bones. Save the bones to make a broth if you wish. Gently toss the shredded chicken with the squash and apples, and serve directly from the pan.




Recipe courtesy of Half Your Plate and Half Your Plate Ambassador Chef Michael Smith. Half Your Plate is a healthy living initiative that empowers Canadians of all ages to eat more fruits and vegetables.