This Stuffed Butternut Squash with Chicken and Rice is a great healthy fall dinner. Easy to prepare and tastes delicious with all the savory flavors of fall.
We’ve finally got some chilly weather, so it’s nice to turn the oven on for a change. I’ve been making so many stove-top recipes and Instant pot recipes, I almost forgot how good it tastes to roast something in the oven and squeeze in some healthy meals before we go on an all out binge for the holidays. And this recipe for Stuffed Butternut Squash with Chicken and Rice is exactly one of those things.
I love butternut squash. It’s just naturally good cooked any way, but when it gets roasted in the oven with a little olive oil and seasoning it’s the best! See how pretty the caramelization is around the side of the butternut squash? That’s flavor. So while you have it roasting you prepare everything else on the stove top and it all comes together perfectly, the flavors all enhance each other so well. This recipe WILL definitely be making a recurring appearance at our home!
This recipe is so versatile, I happened to have ground chicken on hand, but you could swap out the chicken for ground turkey or even used leftover rotisserie chicken. Or, if it’s after Thanksgiving, and you have leftover turkey; just shred some up and use that. Also, we always have rice on hand, but if you have quinoa or cauliflower rice that would work as well.
Same thing goes with the pumpkin seeds. Pecans, walnuts or whatever little crunchy seeds or nuts you prefer. So you get the idea, you can make your own with what you have on hand.
Now you might ask, “Why put Montreal Steak Seasoning on butternut squash?” Well, it’s a staple in my kitchen and in my opinion it’s a perfect blend of salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and some natural herbs so why not grab one fantastic bottle of great ingredients and save a little time and still have all the flavor you could ask for. I think it’s spot on for a quick seasoning on just about anything savory.
What can you serve with this Stuffed Butternut Squash with Chicken and Rice?
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