Spicy Chicken-and-Pumpkin Stew

"I love to create recipes with unique ingredient combinations, things you wouldn't necessarily expect to go together. I made this for the first time this past Thanksgiving by combining a couple of recipes. My guests expected a pumpkin pie and were surprised to find that the pumpkin was part of the main course instead. The dish got rave reviews." --CL Reader


10 servings (serving size: 1 cup stew and 1/2 cup rice)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 267
Caloriesfromfat 16 %
Fat 4.7 g
Satfat 2.4 g
Monofat 1.4 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 19.3 g
Carbohydrate 36.4 g
Fiber 2.6 g
Cholesterol 39 mg
Iron 2.8 mg
Sodium 181 mg
Calcium 50 mg


1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
4 cups sliced onion
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeño pepper
2 teaspoons curry powder
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups cubed peeled fresh pumpkin or other winter squash (such as acorn)
1 cup water
1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
5 cups hot cooked long-grain rice


Sprinkle chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add half of the chicken, and sauté for 8 minutes or until browned. Remove the chicken from pan. Repeat procedure with 1 teaspoon oil and remaining chicken; set aside.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (onion through garlic); sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in pumpkin, water, and coconut milk; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until pumpkin is tender. Return chicken to pan; cook 10 minutes or until heated. Stir in cilantro; serve over rice.

January 2001
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