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Large pan filled with cooked chicken breasts, butternut squash, mushrooms, and garnished with fresh parsley
4.79 from 51 votes

Easy Chicken and Butternut Squash Recipe with Mushrooms

Chicken and Butternut Squash is an easy and comforting meal made with chicken, butternut squash, mushrooms, and a delicious light cream sauce. Enjoy this easy Chicken and Butternut Squash Recipe with rice, roasted potatoes, or toasted bread.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 263kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts cut in half to make 6 thinly sliced chicken breast halves
  • salt + pepper to season
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • ¼ cup flour divided
  • 3 tablespoon butter divided
  • 1 small butternut squash peeled, seeded and chopped into cubes
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 10 oz crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 1.5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk or 1/2 cup half and half or cream
  • 2 tablespoon parsley chopped , + more for serving

Instructions

  • Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and dried thyme. Place the chicken in a large ziplock bag and drizzle with approximately 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix chicken thoroughly to evenly coat with oil and sprinkle with 2-3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Seal the bag and toss around the chicken breasts until each is completely coated with flour. Set aside.
  • Melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter in a large Dutch oven or skillet set over medium-high heat. Carefully add the chicken breasts in a single layer. Cook, undisturbed, for 3-4 minutes, before flipping over to cook the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside. Repeat with any uncooked chicken breasts.
  • To the same pan melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil. Add the chopped butternut squash and stir to coat. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes, or until the squash just starts to soften. Add the chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute, stirring continuously. 
    TIP - if your veggies start to brown, burn, or stick to the bottom, add a few tablespoons of water and cover with a lid.
  • Stir in the mushrooms. Sauté the mushrooms for 3-4 minutes, or until mushrooms just start to release their water. 
  • Add the chicken back to the pot, carefully nestling among the vegetables and gently stir in the vegetable or chicken broth. Bring to a low boil and cook, uncovered for 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, gently stirring to prevent burning.
  • Ladle a few tablespoons of broth into a bowl. Slowly add 3-4 tablespoons of milk, cream or half-and-half and mix. Add in the remaining cream and mix. Slowly pour the bowl of cream into the pot with the chicken and gently mix to evenly distribute the broth and cream. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!

Notes

  • For extra flavor and richness, sprinkle with parmesan cheese at the end of cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 968mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 13795IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2mg
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