A gorgeously robust dish, ideal cold weather comfort food and so tasty.


  • For the chicken and pumpkin

  • 125g/5oz un-salted butter, softened

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 4 free-range chicken breasts with wing bone in & skin on

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 450g/1lb pumpkin or a butternut squash, de-seeded, skinned & cut into 8 wedges

  • For the sauce

  • 25g/1oz flat leaf parsley picked

  • 25g/1oz butter

  • 1 tbsp plain flour

  • 200ml/7floz pint milk

  • 75g/3oz Parmesan

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • To serve

  • Large handful of rocket


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 200°C/375°F/Gas 5.

  • 2.

    To make the butter for the chicken, put the butter into a small bowl with the garlic and sage, season generously and mix well.

  • 3.

    Take two thirds of the butter and place under the skin of each chicken breast and season. If you have the time place in the fridge and leave for at least an hour.

  • 4.

    Heat a large ovenproof frying pan and add one tablespoon of olive oil. Place the chicken skin side down in the frying pan and cook for a minute until the skin is beginning to crisp, remove from the pan and keep warm.

  • 5.

    Season the pumpkin wedges and place in the same frying pan with the remaining sage butter and extra virgin olive oil. Cook over a high heat for about a minute then turn over.  Place the chicken on top of the pumpkin, basting with some of the melted butter. Place in the oven for 12-14 minutes. If the chicken skin is not really crispy you can always pop under a hot grill for a minute or to.

  • 6.

    Meanwhile for the sauce, pour boiling water over the parsley and leave to stand for four minutes (no less than this or the parsley won’t puree.)

  • 7.

    Drain well then run under cold water until completely cooled.

  • 8.

    Squeeze out any excess water and then blitz with a little of the milk.

  • 9.

    In another pan melt the butter, and then add the flour. Cook out for a few seconds then stirring all the time add the milk until you a lovely thick emulsion, next fold in the Parmesan and stir to mix thoroughly.  Finally fold in the parsley and milk purée.

  • 10.

    Check the seasoning then cover with a piece of parchment paper and keep warm until you are ready. To serve, divide the pumpkin wedges between your serving plates and follow by placing some rocket leaves on top.

  • 11.

    Cut the chicken on the diagonal and place on top and finish by spooning over the sauce.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 810kj
  • Fat Total 60g
  • Saturated Fat 29g
  • Protein 47g
  • Carbohydrate 21g
  • Sugar 5g
  • Sodium 967mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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