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Easy roasted chicken with butternut squash, butter beans and tomatoes

September 12, 2013

Easy roasted chicken with butternut squash, butter beans and tomatoes I think every blogger has their blogger heros. My hero is Bea from Bea w kuchni. She is a great lady dedicated to seasonal, healthy cooking, that is crazy about pumpkins. Her blog is one of those places in the network, where you feel at home and you can always take part in a real conversation with real person.

At some point Bea praised cookbooks of Maria Elia, so once I saw one in a shop on sale I bought it. The cookbook is beautiful. I won’t tell you if it is good, I’ve just tried one recipe and I can say it’s brilliant. I mentioned more than once I’m a lazy cook. I appreciate recipes that made themselves, but still use unprocessed food and taste delicious. I must admit we cheated a little bit, we didn’t refrigerate the chicken as we were in hurry. I’m sure it would improve the flavours, but they were great anyway. I’m not a big fan of warm tomatoes, but these ones add great acidity to the quite sweet dish. The recipe may look quite long, but it’s very simple.

Easy roasted chicken with butternut squash, butter beans and tomatoes

Easy roasted chicken with butternut squash, butter beans and tomatoes

From Maria’s Elia cookbook “Full of flavour” with some little adjustments

  • 1 butternut squash
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 400 g cooked butter beans
  • 200 g cherry vine tomatoes
  • handful of basil, roughly chopped


Grease a roasting tin or line it with parchment paper.
Wash the butternut squash and cut it into chunks (leave the skin on). Place it in the tin and sprinkle with salt and drizzle it with some olive oil.
Make a chicken marinade. Grate the garlic finely and mix it with the salt, smoked paprika and enough of olive oil to make a runny paste.
Spatchcock the chicken (what does it mean? For a step by step tutorial with photos click here, but basically you need to place the chicken on the table (breast down) and cut along the backbone to remove it. Open the chicken, flip it over and press it down to make it flat.)
Rub the marinade into the chicken.
Place the chicken in the pan atop the butternut squash. If possible refrigerate at least for an hour or preferably overnight.
Preheat the oven to 180°C /160°C fan. Place the pan with chicken and butternut squash in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Lower the temperature to 160°C /140°C fan and cook for further 1 1/2 hour, pouring the chicken with its juices every 20 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the tin, cover it with a tin foil and let it rest for 10 minutes.
In the meantime add the butter bean and tomatoes to the pan and put it back to the oven, just to warm it up.
Take the veggies out of oven and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
Toss in the basil leaves.
Cut the chicken and add place it on a plate along with veggies.

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  • Reply Adrienne September 13, 2013 at 10:28

    This chook looks delicious Magda, I’m also a big fan of butternut squash so must try this some soon. I’m making squash, caramelised onion and goatscheese galette for dinner tonight – can’t wait! I love Autumn for these types of dishes!

    • Reply Magda September 13, 2013 at 19:16

      Thank you Adrienne. I just learn to like butternut squash, but I know so many people who love it so it must be good. I love this combination with cherry tomatoes as it actually adds this bite, I’m usually missing.
      Will the recipe be on the blog? I did a tart and it was delicious as well

  • Reply Bea September 13, 2013 at 16:09

    O moj Boze… A hero?!? I’m speechless…! But very very pleased :)) I przy okazji rumienie sie niesamowicie… :)
    Dzis wlasnie bylismy na pierwszej dyniowej wizycie na farmie :) Nie ma jeszcze wszystkich odmian, wiec wroce tam na poczatku pazdziernika, ale kupilismy juz kilka pierwszych egzemplarzy dla uczczenia okazji :) Trudno by mi juz teraz bylo wyobrazic sobie moja kuchnie bez dyni…
    Pieczony kurczak z dynia bardzo do mnie przemawia, moze i ja go sobie jesienia przygotuje, choc pewnie w wersji samych udek ;)

    Pozdrawiam serdecznie i milego weekendu zycze! :*

    • Reply Magda September 13, 2013 at 19:20

      Tak, tak Beo, hero. Zawsze mnie mobilizujesz do czegoś, do czego zbieram się od dawna. Co prawda idzie mi to strasznie opornie, ale to już nie Twoja wina, a moja własna. No i na Twoim blogu czuję się jak u Ciebie w domu za co Cię niezmiernie lubię.
      To w takim razie pierwsze dyniowe gratulacje, ja się pewnie zabiorę znowu za dyniowe podejścia, jak widzisz butternut idzie mi coraz lepiej.
      Mi strasznie pasowały te pomidorki, bo często dynie są dla mnie za mdłe, nawet jak są przyprawione.
      Miłego weekendu i Tobie i niech dynie na farmie Ci szczęśliwie rosną :)

  • Reply Joanna September 14, 2013 at 00:35

    I love, love, love butternut squash and other squashes as well!!! therefore I am happy that fall has arrived. Your recipe Magda looks interesting – just as you said; “one stop cooking “is great for busy people!

    • Reply Magda September 16, 2013 at 22:36

      Joanna, I actually just learn to love pumpkins, butternut squash is so far my favourite one :)

  • Reply June Molloy Vladička September 14, 2013 at 09:28

    Looks delicious, Magda! Lots of squash around at the moment so will have to give it a go!

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