Sweet Autumn Chicken

All this week it’s been in the 70s. I’ve hardly known what to do with myself. Is it fall? Is it summer? What do I wear? How do I dress my children? (More accurately, how do I dress my children in a way that will not provoke random strangers to tell me that I’m doing it wrong.) I wore a long-sleeved shirt on a morning run a few days ago and totally regretted it. But today we’re back on track. Today felt like October. Lovely, delicious October. It occurred to me as I was doing a bit of grocery shopping today that I have yet to make any pumpkin-y treats this month, so I picked up a few cans of pumpkin puree and plan to do something awesome with it for breakfast on Halloween. Any suggestions? Do you have a good pumpkin pancake or muffin recipe? Maybe a pumpkin cake or baked good that would be suitable for a morning meal? If so, I’ll swap recipes with you.

I’ve been holding onto this recipe for a few weeks, just waiting until it actually felt like fall out. It is tasty, easy, and seasonally appropriate. And both my boys gobbled it up without a fight. Twice.

Sweet Autumn Chicken

adapted from Family Fun

1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
4 golden delicious apples cut into cubes
2 chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise to make 4 chicken cutlets
1 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons butter
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
salt
pepper

Preheat oven to 450. Toss the squash and apples together on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place in the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes (until squash is soft when pierced with a fork). Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the skillet and cook until browned on both sides and cooked through (juices run clear and it isn’t pink when you peek inside). Make the glaze by placing apple cider in a small saucepan and reduce it by heating it over high heat for 10 minutes. Take it off the heat and whisk in the butter and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve each cutlet topped with the squash and apples. Drizzle with glaze and enjoy.

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5 Comments

  1. This is what I’m planning on making for Halloween breakfast this year…though it will be the first time I make it so I can’t tell you if it’s good or not. But it looks cool…

    http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2009/10/26/orange-pumpkin-pancakes-with-black-cinnamon-syrup-and-spiders/

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    lizzie Reply:

    Did you make them? Did you have as miserable a time with it as we did? My pancakes were so hard to turn and the syrup . . . much too slimy. Good for Halloween, I guess, but not my favorite.The pancakes were pretty tasty, but I thought maybe I did something wrong. Did yours turn out fine?

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  2. I love the pumpkin stuffed french toast I made the other weekend. The recipe is on my blog under the “top posts” tab if interested. It’s basically pb, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice mixed together then spread between two slices of bread. Cook the sandwich like french toast and top with baked apples. So good!

    Have a great rest of the weekend!

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    lizzie Reply:

    I didn’t have any bread on hand to make this for Halloween, but I’m planning to do it soon! My husband says it sounds awesome. 🙂

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  3. And you should check out “Peas and Thank You” (http://www.peasandthankyou.com/) She’s always making the most delicious-sounding pumpkin things.

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    lizzie Reply:

    I’ll do that for sure. Thanks, Katy.

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  4. Lizzie, I have been looking for a good butternut squash recipe that wasn’t soup or pudding. This looks great! Thanks. 🙂

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    lizzie Reply:

    I do think it is nice to be able to bite your squash now and then.

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  5. syrup–so slimy! I was sorely disappointed. Darn! I was so hoping it was going to be fun and great, but it was a bust over here. Sorry to share a not-good recipe.

    We had this today (Jamie is here visiting) and we loved it. My boys? Well, not so much (I ended up cleaning puke off the floor…I won’t go into too much more detail). 🙂 But I thought it was great!

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    lizzie Reply:

    I did eat one of the pancakes cold the next day, and if I hadn’t made it myself, I would have thought it was totally worth the effort. 🙂

    I’m glad you liked the autumn chicken. Sorry that the kids didn’t love it so much. I can relate about the puke though . . . the other day Manchild would not (could not?) swallow the fried rice I made. He’s eaten it before, but for some reason it just wouldn’t go down this time. He ended up getting his mouth too full and yakking it all up. Sigh.

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