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Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Butternut Squash

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
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4 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces chicken and about 3/4 cup vegetables)

A company-worthy meal, this recipe for Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Butternut Squash will not disappoint. Add a heart-healthly salad to accompany this delicious fall dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) roasting chicken
  • Cooking spray
  • 12 ounces red potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 399
  • fat 12.1 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • monofat 3.2 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 43.8 g
  • carbohydrate 25.9 g
  • fiber 3.4 g
  • cholesterol 147 mg
  • iron 3.5 mg
  • sodium 791 mg
  • calcium 77 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and sage in a small bowl. Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Rub garlic mixture under loosened skin. Place chicken, breast side up, on rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Place rack in broiler pan.

  3. Combine potatoes, squash, butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Arrange vegetable mixture around chicken. Bake at 400° for 1 hour or until a thermometer inserted into meaty part of thigh registers 165°. Let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin.

  4. Wine note: For an affordable wine to pair with this dish, pick a dry riesling from Washington state, like Chateau Ste. Michelle's 2007 (Columbia Valley; $9). It has peach and orange flavors that create a tempting aromatic package with the sweet flavors of Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Butternut Squash. —Sara Schneider