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Roast Chicken with Butternut-Tahini Purée

Roast Chicken with Butternut-Tahini Purée

4, plus leftover chicken for lunch Servings

Whiz any cooked squash with tahini, lemon, and garlic for hummus-like spread that tastes great with roast chicken.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 2-lb. butternut squash, halved, seeds removed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • Fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 425°. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with 1 Tbsp. oil. Season squash with salt and pepper and place, cut side down, on sheet along with garlic cloves. Roast on bottom rack until squash is tender, 45–50 minutes. Let cool. When cool enough to handle, peel garlic and scrape flesh from squash. Mash garlic and squash together in a large bowl. Add tahini, cumin, paprika, and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.

  • Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken all over with salt and pepper. Add to skillet, breast side down, and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Turn chicken breast side up and transfer skillet to oven. Roast, basting a few times with pan juices, until meat at the thickest part of the thigh registers 165° on an instant-read thermometer, 45–50 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before carving. Reserve 4 oz. chicken for tomorrow’s lunch.

  • Serve chicken with butternut-tahini purée and lemon wedges. Top purée with cilantro.

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 570 Fat (g) 19 Saturated Fat (g) 3 Cholesterol (mg) 165 Carbohydrates (g) 31 Dietary Fiber (g) 5 Total Sugars (g) 5 Protein (g) 71 Sodium (mg) 320Reviews Section

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