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Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 1:00
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: One-Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Hearty chicken stew with butternut squash, tender baby potatoes, and fall apart chicken. This one-pot meal is nutritious, family friendly, and easy to make!



  • 2 Tbsp. canola or grapeseed oil (or any other high-smoke point oil)
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup carrots, thinly sliced on diagonal
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 12 oz. baby gold potatoes, scrubbed + chopped
  • 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper


  1. Heat oil in a dutch-oven over medium-high heat. Toss chicken with flour and add to the dutch oven. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook chicken, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden, about 6-8 minutes.
  2. Add about 1/4 cup chicken stock while scraping the bottom of the dutch-oven to loosen browned bits.
  3. Add carrots, onions, and garlic, and cook until onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add butternut squash, potatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, remaining chicken stock, apple juice, and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and let the stew simmer for 30 minutes, covered. Uncover and continue to simmer for 15 minutes longer or until the vegetables are tender. The liquid will slightly reduce.
  5. Discard bay leaves and stir in parsley. Serve as needed.


Quick tip: chop your butternut squash and potatoes into same size to ensure that both cook within similar amount of time.

Keywords: chicken stew, butternut squash stew, squash and chicken stew