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Chicken with lemon and butternut squash

01 October 2013

Tantalise the taste buds with this low fat recipe of flavoursome lemon chicken with butternut squash.

Chicken, lemon and butternut squash
Chicken, lemon and butternut squash

Preparation time

10 minutes

Cooking time

30-40 minutes




  • 8 chicken thighs, skin on
  • 1 butternut squash, about 1kg (2lb), peeled, deseeded and cut into large chunks
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 2 small lemons
  • 1 tablespoon clear honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 rosemary sprigs
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Place the chicken thighs, butternut squash, onion wedges and 6 of the garlic cloves in a single layer in a large roasting tin (or use 2 medium tins).

Grate the rind from 1 lemon and squeeze the juice and set aside. Slice the other into wedges and add to the roasting tin.

Crush or finely chop the remaining garlic and mix with the lemon rind and juice, honey and oil. Pour the mixture over the chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle over the rosemary and season with black pepper.

Bake in a preheated oven, 200°C (400°F), Gas Mark 6, for about 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Nutritional Values

Kcals 336 (1408 Kj)

Fat 18g

Saturated Fat 4g

Sodium 82mg

Fibre 3g


Skinning the chicken thighs before cooking them would reduce the amount of fat by 7g and saturated fat by 2g.

Recipes taken from Foods Facts & Recipes: High Blood Pressure (ISBN: 0-600-61183-3) published by Hamlyn, priced at £12.99.


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