One pan meals are such a lifesaver! We make them pretty often because they are the best of so many worlds! Less dishes, less prep, and less time. It is a win all around, and our latest one pan dish, this sheet pan chicken and squash dinner, is perfect for the fall and winter.
This sheet pan chicken and squash dinner is a simple dish, and yet it is packed with tons of flavor. On one half of the pan you have your chicken, which is seasoned with avocado oil, salt, pepper, sage, rosemary and shallot. Then, on the other half you’ve got your winter squash, which is seasoned with avocado oil, salt and more sage and rosemary. We used delicata squash, but you could also use another winter squash that you love, like butternut or acorn. The star of this dish, though, is the grapes layered on and around the chicken. They add this tiny bit of sweet to go with the savory notes from the sage and rosemary. It is really a unique and satisfying combination of flavors.
One other item of note is that this recipe can easily be doubled. Just use about 8 chicken thighs and two delicata squash. Double the spices and you’re good!
How It Comes Together
Our sheet pan chicken and squash dinner is easy to put together, and it will be baked in 40 minutes. If you have time, cut up the squash in advance. It stores well, so you could do this a few days in advance and keep it in the fridge in an airtight container. On the day you make this dish, get out a baking pan and drizzle avocado oil across the whole pan. Then on one half of the pan, sprinkle diced shallot, rosemary and sage. Place your chicken pieces on top, and season with salt and pepper and more rosemary and sage. Layer the halved grapes on and around your chicken.
For the squash, simply toss it in mixing bowl with avocado oil and salt. Then, spread it out on the baking sheet. The more evenly you spread it out, the more evenly it will cook. However, there may need to be some overlapping pieces due to space constraints, and that is fine. All that’s left to do is to place it in the oven to bake for 40 minutes.
Your Turn To Try Our Sheet Pan Chicken And Squash Dinner
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- 1 delicata squash - cut into smaller pieces like pictured above (or about 2 cups of your favorite winter squash)
- 2 tbsp avocado oil - divided
- 1 shallot - diced
- 1 sprig rosemary - fined chopped
- 5-6 leaves sage - finely chopped
- ~12 grapes - halved
- 4 chicken thighs
- salt + pepper - to taste
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease a baking sheet or pan with about 1 tbsp of avocado oil.
Prep your delicata squash by cutting it in half and removing the seeds. Then, cut into half moon pieces about a 1/4 to a 1/2 inch thick. Place in a mixing bowl and toss with about 1 tbsp of avocado oil and salt to taste. Set aside.
Chop up your shallot, rosemary and sage, and cut your grapes in half. Place all of the shallot and about half of the rosemary and sage on one half of the baking sheet.
Layer chicken on top of shallot, rosemary and sage. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Then, spread out the squash on the other half of the pan. Sprinkle the remaining rosemary and sage over the whole pan.
Finally, layer the grapes on and around the chicken, and place your pan in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the squash is tender. About halfway through toss the squash around to help them cook evenly. Remove from the oven once done, and enjoy!