One-pan baked chicken with squash, sage & walnuts

One-pan baked chicken with squash, sage & walnuts

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4
A one-pan supper full of soft and sticky vegetables and tender golden chicken

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal573
  • fat42g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre5g
  • protein27g
  • salt0.27g
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  • 1kg mixed chicken thigh and drumstick pieces



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 red onion, peeled, cut into large wedges
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into wedges
  • bunch sage, leaves picked



    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…

  • 100g walnut halves, very roughly chopped



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • good splash sherry vinegar


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Tip the chicken pieces into a largish roasting tin and toss with the oil, onions and squash. Season with salt and pepper and arrange chicken so it’s all skin-side up.

  2. Roast in oven for about 25 mins, remove, toss through sage, walnuts, then drizzle over vinegar. Using tongs, again arrange chicken so it’s all skin-side up. Roast for another 25-30 mins until chicken is golden brown and the veg soft and sticky. Serve straight from the tin with some mashed potato.

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Comments (29)

catie74's picture

We like this with celeriac and potato dauphinoise

lizleicester's picture

Just used drumsticks and only half a butternut squash because it was HUGE. Lovely flavours with the walnuts and sherry vinegar blending with the red onions and sage really well.

schmooford's picture

I can't stop making this! I think all my regular dinner guests have tried it by now, and it's been universally loved.
The more sage leaves you put in, and the larger the leaves, the better. They go deliciously crispy without being bitter and are the best part of the dish. I tried it with rosemary and it just wasn't the same...
For a slightly more "dinner party" feel, try serving with celeriac mash and a medley of Savoy, kale and leeks tossed in butter.

glenyst's picture

This got a bit of a mixed reception in our house. OK, but the sage seemed a bit strange with it (although husband liked it), and not really blended in - perhaps would work better if finely chopped. One person, who usually eats it, didn't like the squash, which seemed a bit overcooked here. Everyone loved the walnuts. Doubt if I'll do it again though.

keavyot's picture

I made this tonight as per recipe but changed the chkn to skinless thighs and added....

5 whole garlic cloves
a red pepper,
2 beetroots
and some cherry tomatoes
plus balsamic vinegar.
(i didnt have walnuts so used peacans instead)

It was really delicious, loads of lovely flavours and the nuts were yummy.
A really good midweak meal or easy one pot recipe.
I didnt do the mash as there was plenty of veg instead.
Will def do again but will add even more sage and balsamic.

daffinfrance's picture

Made it with a whole chicken cut up to serve 6, and added loads o0f parsely.

daffinfrance's picture

This was yummy. Now waiting for this year's walnuts and squashes to make it again.

sdewit's picture

We LOVE this recipe! This is one of our autumn favorites. I use half a pumpkin and use the other half for pumpkin pie. Don't forget to season the chicken well.. I use some garlic and seasalt paste. I made this with both sherry vinagar as well as balsamic. Both are super!

crystal2's picture

has anyone tried this without the walnuts, two in my family don't like them, and if so which extra veg would you use.

bellapenny83's picture

Very flavourful with the sticky squash and the yummy chicken - would definitely recommend - great with a dollop of mash!

werneth's picture

This is a fantastically easy recipe and so tasty. I've passed it on to several friends who needed an introductory recipe for using butternut squash and it's been a great success every time

jillbrain's picture

Had half a squash so added a sweet potato, used boned and skinned thighs (so lower fat) and balsemic, absolutely delicious, crunch from walnuts a perfect touch

janbomyers's picture

Very easy and absolutely wonderful. Served with rice and green veg.

bobbys7's picture

Really liked this. Easy and full of flavour

nickim's picture

Really like this dish. Used balsamic vinegar with sherry as didn't have any sherry vinegar and it was an lovely addition. also used shallots instead of the red onions.

siobhandowling's picture

Just cooked this dish and whilst it was easy, it was also sickly! Very bland and very greasy. Will not be cooking this again. So disappointed as it looks great and I love Squash!

cookingkiwi's picture

Luscious and different. Will make again.

bettie5p's picture

I made it for my husband who only really likes red meat and he loved it. I will be making this again as it was so easy I even got time to play with the dog! Going to try it with the balsamic.

mkouimtzi's picture

Great recipe. I used a whole chicken and added potatoes to it, then added the rest half an hour later as per recipe. To be honest, I didn't need to add the potatoes, the squash was enough. The whole family loved it, I'll be making this again! They all thought I slaved in the kitchen when I didn't (I got my husband to slice the squash though).

bacchus's picture

Really easy. Used chicken breasts (with skins of course) as thats what I had in the fridge. Tasted good. Think I'll try sweet potato next time. The Balsamic idea sounds good though.


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