Saturday, October 13, 2018

#Easy Chicken and Butternut Squash Hash by @Denise Swanson

This skillet supper is amazingly easy to make. Precubed butternut squash saves chopping time and microwaving the squash with the Brussels saves cooking time.

12 ounces prechopped butternut squash (about 3 cups)
 1 tablespoon water
 2 cups Brussels sprouts, quartered.
 6 center-cut bacon slices, chopped (I use turkey bacon)
1 chicken breast 
1 cup chopped onion
1 Tbsp. minced garlic cloves
 1 teaspoon thyme
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

First seasoned, grill, and shred your chicken breast.

Next place squash and 1 tablespoon water in a large microwavable bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave 2 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts, recover with plastic wrap, and microwave an additional 2-4 minutes or until tender. Transfer squash and Brussels sprouts to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon, and cook for about 5 minutes until crisp. Stir often. Add chicken, onion, garlic, thyme, pepper, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook until onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat; stir in vinegar. Transfer to a bowl. Wipe skillet clean with paper towel.

Increase heat to high and add remaining 1/4 cup oil to skillet, then add squash mixture. Cook 6-8 minutes, stirring often. Once mixture begins to brown add chicken mixture to squash mixture and stir to combine. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.



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  1. What a recipe! This is on my list of Autumn food to fix.

  2. That hash has all the things I like in it. Do you think it’d stretch for three?

    1. It probably depends on how hungry they are and what you serve with it. I had homemade bread so that rounded out the meal.

  3. Pre-cut butternut squash in a cook's godsend!

    1. Definitely! Although, I don't think I'll use the frozen next time as it is a little mushy.

    2. Squash probably has too much water in it for thawing nicely.