Delicious Low Syn Chicken, Leek and Butternut Squash Bake - a perfect meal for the family to dig in and enjoy
If you struggle to do SP days because you think you will miss some of the foods that are off limits, then you just have to try this Chicken, Leek and Butternut Squash Bake.
Those flavours will have you wondering why you don't do Slimming World SP days more often, just so you can make this dish. Hey even if you are not doing an SP day you should make this dish.
Butternut Squash as a vegetable is so underrated. I have to buy at least one a week, because they are so versatile and can create many delicious dishes. Some of my favourites are:
- Butternut Squash Fries
- Roasted Paprika Butternut Squash
- Creamy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
- Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
- Spaghetti with Roasted Butternut Squash Sauce
- Chicken and Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash
- Chicken, Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup
with many more delicious Butternut Squash Recipes for you to try.
I use ghee for infusing the garlic and herb flavour into the dish. You can use butter or even olive oil if you do not have ghee. If you want to keep it syn free then by all means use spray oil, but for the sake of less than a couple of syns, that flavour is worth it in my opinion. Incase you are wondering what ghee it. It's a clarified butter, which is a great fat for cooking with, it's natural and can be heated to high temps without going rancid like many man made oils. It's one of my favourite fats to cook with and well worth the 4.5 syns for 1 tbs, as that tablespoon will go a long way.
There are plenty of speed foods in this dish to not need to serve with an additional, but I love any opportunity to get more vegetables into my day and so served this Chicken, Leek and Butternut Squash Bake with some delicious oven roasted asparagus. Asparagus has a flavour that just pairs really well with this recipe.
You won't believe how delicious the sauce is on this Chicken, Leek and Butternut Squash Bake, that gets it's flavour from the infused ghee/butter and the sweeteness of that butternut squash.
The only disappointing part to this dish, is when it is all gone. Seriously!!!
Extra Easy - 1 HEa and 1.5 syns per serving
Original - 1 HEa and 1.5 syns per serving
WW Smart Points -
Paleo/Dairy Free - omit cheese (use ghee or other oil of choice)
- 6 chicken thighs (all skin and visible fat removed)
- 3 large leeks, sliced
- 1 onion, halved and sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced
- 90g (3oz) of parmesan (3xHEa’s)
- Fresh Parsley, chopped
- Fresh Thyme, chopped
- Black pepper
- 240ml (1 cup) of chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon of ghee or butter (6 syns)
- Preheat oven to 200c or 400f
- Cut all the chicken thighs in half, to make small pieces.
- Add the ghee or butter to a frying over a medium heat with the garlic and a little bit of chopped parsley and thyme and fry for a 1-2 minutes just to infuse the flavour
- Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly golden.
- Set aside
- Add the onion and butternut squash and cook until the squash starts to soften. Add a little bit of the chicken stock at time, to prevent any from sticking to the pan.
- Add the chopped leeks to the pan, and continue to cook for approx 2 mins.
- Transfer the chicken, leeks, onion and squash to an oven proof dish. Pour over the remaining chicken stock, just to keep the dish moist. Top with the parmesan cheese and season with some salt black pepper.
- Bake in the oven for approx 30 mins, chicken should be cooked through and cheese melted and lightly golden.
- Serve with your choice of sides, but this dish is perfectly delicious all on it's own.
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