Don't be scared by acorn squash. It much easier to prepare than it looks.
All you need to do is wash and dry the squash, cut it in half lengthwise, and then scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Just like you clean out a pumpkin. There's no need peel the squash. The skin softens as it cooks and is completely edible. Once the squash is all clean, you're ready to slice it up and roast it.
This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food: Great Food Fast cookbook.
Roasted Chicken with Acorn Squash
1 acorn squash, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut in. 1/2 in. thick slices
1 lb. cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 large red onion, cut into 1/2 in. wedges
8 garlic cloves, crushed (My cloves were HUGE, so I only used 4. You be the judge!)
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3-4 bone-in chicken breast halves
1 tbsp dried rosemary (I used herbes de Provence b/c I was out of rosemary, and it was declious!)
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a large roasting pan, combine the squash, mushrooms, red onion, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Toss to evenly coat all vegetables and roast for 15 minutes.
While the veggies are cooking, prepare the chicken. In a small bowl, mix together the rosemary (or herbes de Provence) with salt and pepper. Lift up the skin of each chicken breast and rub with the salt/pepper/herb mixture.
When the veggies are ready, lay the chicken breasts on top. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle more salt and pepper on top and then cook for another 35 minutes in the oven. It's that easy!
|This picture doesn't make it look very good,but trust me it is :)|