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Baked Chicken and Acorn Squash

This eye-pleasing main dish is ideal for harvesttime with its colorful acorn squash and sweet peaches. The fragrance of rosemary-seasoned chicken baking is heavenly. My family says it's every bit as delicious as it smells.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 small acorn squash (1-1/4 pounds each)
  • 2 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) sliced peaches, undrained


  • Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Cut each half widthwise into 1/2-in. slices; discard ends. Place slices in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with garlic and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil.
  • In a large skillet, brown chicken in remaining oil. Arrange chicken over squash. Combine the brown sugar, rosemary and salt; sprinkle over chicken. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes, basting with pan juices twice.
  • Pour peaches over chicken and squash. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 180°.

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  • browns19fan
    Nov 16, 2016

    As usual, I halved the recipe for the two of us. But neither of us was thrilled with the peaches; their flavor added a jarring note to the dish, even though the taste of the peaches' syrup fit right in. Next time I will try pears, as someone else suggested. I served this melange over rice. I also removed the skin from the chicken before preparing it, both to eliminate excess fat and to allow the brown sugar and rosemary to be absorbed.

  • KatandSing
    May 9, 2014

    I used 8 skinless boneless chicken thighs. I also basted it with chicken stock. This is so good! Who would have thought that the peaches would add such great flavor. I used olive oil a well

  • T2mmy001
    Oct 5, 2013

    Easy to make. The fragrance is wonderful and the flavor even better. I served it to guest and it was a big hit.

  • Sep 8, 2013

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  • gillettcookie
    May 12, 2013

    looks great... looking for recipes to use all this squash from the garden. wonder if I could use just regular yellow squash?

  • mamamission
    Jan 27, 2012

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  • atsu07
    Nov 30, 2011

    I served this to guests for my first time making it. I most definitely did not go wrong! The ooo's and ahhhh's lasted all evening! Even my husband was giving me the wide-eyed look. I did make a few changes to the recipe. I used pears instead of peaches, Costco's seasoning salt instead of regular salt (same amount) and butternut squash instead of acorn. I also doubled the recipe. Delicious!

  • ErinC71
    Oct 31, 2011

    This was a surprisingly good dish. I was a little concerned, as it looked like a lot of liquid in the pan, but my husband and son devoured it. The chicken picks up a nice flavor from the squash, peaches and rosemary. I used boneless breasts, which I thought got a little dry, so I think next time I will use bone-in chicken pieces.

  • KoryStar81
    Jul 25, 2011

    Great using chicken breasts too!

  • CindyWhite&The7girls
    Feb 26, 2011

    I would not only make this again - but I will add this recipe to my "bring a meal to people" list!This was so easy and so delicious!Some things I adjusted (because I do that a lot)- garlic powder, instead of fresh- olive oil, I always use olive for everything- frozen chicken breasts,instead of bone-in...- and I forgot to baste, but that was ok because for some reason I thought the recipe called for a drizzling of honey.....- nor did I do any "browning" of the meatNow for presentation and time allowing - I think I would stick to the original recipe. The way I did it tonight, though, was perfect because at 5:30 I didn't even have a plan.....just some beautiful Acorn Squash that needed a new idea!My seven girls loved it....and so did their picky dad!