Roast Chicken With Warm Fregola and Butternut Squash Salad Recipe

Welcome fall with a roast chicken and a simple butternut squash and pasta side salad. Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • Spatchcocking the chicken results in more even cooking.
  • Using the chicken trimmings to make a jus creates a quick and easy sauce.

Roast chicken and butternut squash are two classic fall dishes. Here, the squash is roasted, then tossed with fregola, a toasted Sardinian pasta similar in appearance to Israeli couscous. Fresh herbs and a grating of lemon zest bring bright flavors to the plate.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 75 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Butterflied Roasted Chicken With Quick Jus
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into small dice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound (250 grams) fregola (about 1 1/4 cups; see note)
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions, white and light green parts only
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves and tender stems
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons zest from 1/2 lemon

Directions

  1. Place diced squash on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with enough oil to lightly coat. Season with salt and pepper. Cook alongside the chicken in a 500°F oven until tender, about 15 minutes. Set aside.

  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook fregola until al dente, according to package timing. Drain, then transfer to a large mixing bowl.

  3. Add squash to fregola. Toss with 1/4 cup olive oil, scallions, mint, parsley, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

  4. Serve squash and fregola salad with roasted chicken and jus; drizzle fregola with more oil as needed before serving.

Special equipment

Rimmed baking sheet

Notes

Fregola is a toasted Sardinian pasta similar in shape and size to Israeli couscous. If you can't find fregola, you can substitute an equal amount of Israeli couscous or orzo pasta; you can even lightly toast the dried pasta first on a baking sheet in a 500°F oven for a few minutes (until some of the pieces are lightly browned) to simulate the taste of fregola.

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