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Chicken and Rice with Kabocha Squash

This one-pot recipe works just as well with acorn or butternut squash. Arborio rice gives it a delectable, creamy texture -- but it's remarkably light.

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  • Servings: 6
Chicken and Rice with Kabocha Squash

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Everyday Food, December 2012


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 6 skin-on chicken thighs
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 1 medium white onion, diced medium
  • 1/2 large kabocha squash, seeded and cut into large chunks (4 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 sprigs oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine, such as Chardonnay
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In batches, cook chicken, skin side down, until deep golden and fat is rendered, 6 to 8 minutes. Flip and cook 1 minute more. Transfer chicken to a plate. Discard fat and wipe pot clean.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-high and add remaining tablespoon oil to pot. Add onion and squash and cook until onion is translucent, 8 minutes. Add garlic and oregano and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add rice and cook, stirring, until opaque, 2 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring, until completely evaporated, 2 minutes. Return chicken to pot, skin side up, and add broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil; cover, transfer to oven, and cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 25 minutes. Let sit, covered, 10 minutes.

Cook's Note

When you're really in a hurry, get a head start on dinner with a container of prepped butternut squash. It can be swapped into this recipe, or almost any that calls for cubed winter squash.

Reviews (1)

  • kathymorkes 12 Feb, 2014

    Love, love, love this recipe. And so does everyone I've ever made it for. I have only used the butternut squash. But, it's just a real crowd pleaser and naturally gluten and dairy free so it works for lots of people with food allergies.

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