Honey Roasted Acorn Squash and Chicken

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 23, 2009


I love simple meals.

I love experimenting with simple meals.  Giving them a little extra something special.

With the chicken on special and the acorn squash on sale, I thought I’d have some fun with tonight.  Added a touch of honey to them both. Then roasted them into a state of perfect deliciousness!

…mmm, MMM.

6-8 chicken drumsticks ($2.03) Bought a package of organic drumsticks for $3.03 and used $1 store mailer coupon
Drizzles of olive oil ($.05)
1/4 cup honey ($.40)
Dashes of cinnamon and ginger ($.05)
1/2 tsp garlic powder ($.02)
1 medium acorn squash (about 2 lb.) ($.99) On sale for $.49/lb at my grocery store!
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened ($.40)
1/4 cup honey ($.40)
Dash of cinnamon and ginger ($.05)
1 cup brown rice ($.40)

**Note: I buy raw, local honey from the farmer’s market by the 5 lb. jar for $20!  Much cheaper to buy “in bulk” :)

1. In medium saucepan, cook 1 cup brown rice according to directions on the package.  This takes about 45-50 minutes, so plan accordingly!

2. Place the drumsticks into baking dish. Drizzle olive oil over the drumsticks and then pour the honey over the drumsticks. Sprinkle with a few dashes of cinnamon, ginger and garlic powder. Using back of spoon or fingers, spread the honey over and under the drumsticks. (Will be thick, and that’s OK!) Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes…but the longer the better! Bake uncovered at 400 for 45-55 minutes. Once the chicken is in the oven…start on the squash.

3. Cut acorn squash in half and scoop out seeds with spoon (and save for roasting). Cut the squash into wedges along the “seams” of the squash.


4. Place wedges into baking dish or small roasting pan. Roast (along side the chicken) for 15-20 minutes at 400.


5. While the squash is on their “initial roast,” in a small bowl, whisk together softened butter or margarine (I use dairy free margarine) until creamy.



6. Whisk in a dash or two of both cinnamon and ginger to the honey butter.


7. Remove squash from oven and then drizzle the honey butter mixture over the squash.


8. Return honey squash to oven and roast for another 15-20 minutes at 400. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Place squash wedges onto serving plate and pour the honey butter liquid from the base of the baking dish over each serving!

…mmm, MMM.


9. And if you time this right, the rice, chicken and squash should all be ready to go about the same time!

10. Serve Honey Baked Chicken with Honey Roasted Acorn Squash and Brown Rice.

Cost $4.79

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Leah Adamowicz October 24, 2009 at 10:00 am

That all looks soooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


Beth in Ohio October 24, 2009 at 10:44 am

Your Honey Roasted Acorn Squash and Chicken looks marvelous! I’ve already printed your recipe to put into my To Make pile, and will make a creamy garlic parmesan rissoto to go along with it. Oh boy!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 24, 2009 at 7:29 pm

@Beth in Ohio,

That would be delish with risotto Beth! Enjoy it :)


Alisa - Go Dairy Free & Frugal Foodie October 24, 2009 at 1:19 pm

This looks awesome! As coincidence would have it, I just posted a very similar acorn squash recipe, and served mine up with chicken too, delish! – http://www.onefrugalfoodie.com/2009/10/24/acorn-squash-sweet-sage-butter/


Alisa - One Frugal Foodie October 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm

This looks awesome! As coincidence would have it, I just posted a very similar acorn squash recipe and we also enjoyed it with chicken!


Stacie October 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm

This sounds really good. I love honey and chicken together. Never had honey with squash. Sounds like a very good combination.


Rona October 24, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I have to share this one with my son. He’s always looking for a recipe that includes acorn squash!


Coupon Couple October 25, 2009 at 2:02 am

This looks so yummy!
All fall squash is on sale the next couple of weeks for .19c a lb here.
So I plan to give this a try. Have you ever cooked it and then froze it?
Also step 4 is that to combine the honey and the butter?
Thanks – The Coupon Couple


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 25, 2009 at 3:51 pm

@Coupon Couple,

Yes, combine honey and butter. Whisk it together. And yes, it would freeze well if you scooped out and mashed the flesh together. Then freeze in meal size portions!


Jessica October 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm

just made this for lunch. So yummy! Squash is on sale here (Fort Worth) for 0.77/lb (I think) so we may have to go buy some more. We used some of the sauce from the squash to drizzle over the rice also. It was a big hit with my hubby and my 14 month old.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 25, 2009 at 3:50 pm


Yeah! So glad you all liked it!


ter October 26, 2009 at 12:51 am

This looks so good! Maybe it’ll be something I’ll make this week.

Btw, you didn’t mention putting honey in the soften butter, but I assume that you do… am I correct?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 26, 2009 at 7:17 am




Christina Baita October 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Thanks Erin! I do not think that I have ever had acorn squash. I think we’ll have this for dinner tonight!


MomofaTot October 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Wow, this looks great and with all our food allergies, it still works. Thanks for the dinner idea. I was running out of time and now I have got a recipe for dinner tonight! We have lot’s of squash from our garden too that I can use so I won’t even have to drive out in the snow!


mary May 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Does the squash cook for a TOTAL of 15-20 minutes or 30-40 minutes?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm


Total time is 30-40 minutes…you have to roast them alone first, then add the honey butter mixture and finish roasting. Hope you enjoy!!!


Beth H September 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm

YUM!!!! Looks like another winner. Thanks for the tip about buying honey in bulk – what a great price!


Solarra September 16, 2010 at 8:35 am

I want that recipe please;) Sounds good Beth:) What part of Ohio are you in? I’m in Troy, just moved out of Beavercreek area.


Solarra September 16, 2010 at 8:37 am

What farmer’s market do you go to Erin? I am still looking for a good one:)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm


I go to the local traveling one…hits Centerville on Thursday afternoons.


Jen September 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I tried this recipe and loved it! Delicious!


Alaina January 12, 2011 at 12:52 am

Yum! For the squash I used warmed up some pre-made honey butter and mixed in the cinnamon and ginger! Turned out great! Next time though I will cover the baking dish with foil after applying the honey butter to keep more moisture in. Thanks for the recipe!


Tonya November 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

This was fantastic! Just made it tonight and it was the first time I had ever had the acorn squash. Wonderful recipe – easy to put together too. Yum! This one is a keeper. Thanks! :)


Jennifer December 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I googled my exact ingredients and this recipe popped up. I’m now a subscriber. Holy Moly was this good. My extremely picky seven-year old ate it and liked it! Thanks!


Elaine February 7, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I gave this a little twist. I fried the chicken with spinach as well. Then used the honey and cinnamon on the squash before stuffing in the chicken. Lastly I drizzled on honey and placed a crisscross piece of bacon.


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