Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash

Roasted chicken sits atop a tender mound of sweet and savory butternut squash to create a melt-in-your-mouth plate of perfection.  On top of the produce available from Geneva Lakes, kick this up a notch by adding their fresh mushrooms.  Shop our meat vendors for their selection of chicken and did you know that butter is available from The Meat Got and Lester's Bison Farm.  While you are at the Market, stop by Glunz Family Winery for their pick of a white wine to accompany your meal.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided 
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided 
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage 
  • 1   (3 1/2-pound) roasting chicken 
  • Cooking spray 
  • 12 ounces red potatoes, cut into wedges 
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 8 ounces) 
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted 

 

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and sage in a small bowl. Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Rub garlic mixture under loosened skin. Place chicken, breast side up, on rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Place rack in broiler pan.

3. Combine potatoes, squash, butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Arrange vegetable mixture around chicken. Bake at 400° for 1 hour or until a thermometer inserted into meaty part of thigh registers 165°. Let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin.

Recipe courtesy of Jennifer Martinkus, Cooking Light