Have you been feeling these cooler temperatures? I guess it depends where you live, huh. Well I gotta say that I much prefer the colder weather even with some rain drops than that awful heat and humidity. I was definitely ready for fall.

And nothing quite screams fall like squash: pumpkin, acorn, butternut. There are so many things you can make with this versatile ingredient, from sweet treats to savory suppers.

So when my blogger friend Junia at Mis Pensamientos organized a #squashlove bloghop for the month of November, you better believe I was in!

As I mentioned in my other post, I made a delightful stew to go along with that awesome cilantro flatbread last month. When I was deciding what I should make, I knew it would have to be something with some Indian spices to complement the flatbread.

I had made a great cauliflower/potato mixture with Garam Masala a few nights before for myself. Nate would’t dare touch cauliflower. All the more for me.

Anyway, that dish turned out so well that I wanted to make something with the same flavors that he could enjoy as well.

I settled on using chicken but thought that some butternut squash, diced tomatoes and yogurt would be amazing together. So that’s what I did. This whole dish really didn’t take too long to make.

I call for chicken thighs because I personally believe they stay extremely moist to the point that you can’t really overcook them. If you like dry meat, then go for the breast, but that’s not my thing. And for those calorie-counters out there, there are 110 calories in boneless skinless chicken breast vs 130 calores for boneless skinless thighs,  for the same 4 ounces. I really don’t think 20 calories are worth sacrificing moisture and flavor. But that’s just me ;)

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Queens Notebook | Elizabeth : @mango_queen
Simply Reem | Reem : @simplyreem
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Teaspoon Of Spice | Serena : @tspcurry
The Daily Palette | Annapet : @thedailypalette
The Professional Palette | Regan : @profpalate
The Spicy RD | EA : @thespicyrd
Vegan Miam | Rika : @veganmiam

Indian-Spiced Chicken and Butternut Squash Stew

Recipe by me!

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Serves 4-6

1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
1.5 Tbsp Garam Masala
1 tsp tumeric
1 cup lowfat plain yogurt (not greek style)
1 lb butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 3/4″ cubes (weight after chopping)
2 cups onions, thinly sliced
1 Tsbp vegetable oil
1/4 cup fresh ginger, minced
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1-14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

 Combine first 4 ingredients in bowl and let marinate 30 min.

Heat the oil over med-hi heat. Add onions and saute 5 min or until soft. Add ginger and garlic and saute 1-2 minutes.

Add butternut squash to pan and saute 1-2 min. Add chopped tomatoes with juice. Cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occassionally.

Add chicken. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 10 min, covered. Uncover and cook an additional 5 min.

Take 2 Tbsp or so of cooking liquid and put in a cup. Mix with the cornstarch and whisk to dissolve. Add cornstarch mixture back into chicken mixture and stir. Cook another few minutes until thickened. Salt and pepper to taste.

Stir cilantro in and serve.

50 Comments

  1. I so love the fall weather too… the rain drops falling in my roof, the golden colors of trees … add yes this bowl of chicken and butternut squash stew paints autumn splendor… and oh btw, I love thighs and legs of chicken too. you’re so right they still keep moist even if you overcook it. ::)

    have a great weekend,
    malou

  2. Did you say a butternut squash stew?! I can only imagine how delicious this would be :)

  3. ahhh amy, i love this! i have been fascinated by indian food lately. this looks sooo good! wow. i need to buy some garam masala. i wonder if i can make this vegan. :D sending some #squashlove to u!

    • Thank you junia!!! I’ll have to post my recipe for the Indian cauliflower/potato mixture I made that was very similar to this…it was completely vegan :) Def play around with this though…the sauce could go with anything and you could sub out the yogurt.

  4. I spend way too much time cooking/blogging desserts. I’m SO glad to see this… inspires me to revisit savory squashlove ;-) Sounds yum!

  5. This looks delicious! I just had some indian food the other night..and now I wish that this was part of the cuisine!
    And what the heck are calories?? Pshh! Chicken Thigh Power!!

  6. Wow, that looks wonderful. Thanks for the reminder about the flatbread too. I need to make that!

  7. See, that’s why I love to grow squash! ;-) I cannot agree more, Amy; fall screams SQUASH!

  8. This sounds incredible, I love curried squash – it;s sweetness works so well with spices.

  9. Really nice recipe! Indian touch sounds great! And I loove that kitten I saw in your previous post hehe

  10. mmm… I’m loving the Indian twist on this squash stew – Garam Masala is one of my favourite spices and I love that you included yogurt here. I like using chicken thighs too – even when I overcook them, they’re so forgiving and tender. Perfect autumn warmth recipe (and even though I prefer summer, fall certainly has its wonderful moments, including this dish!).

    • Thanks, Kelly! I’ve only just discovered Garam Masala…i waited a while to try it out since I couldn’t find it til I went to this great little Indian spice store here in nyc that was amazing. Now I can’t stop using it…it’s so versatile.

  11. These stew is sumptuous! Love it! I just got so hungry reading your post. I need to step away from the p.c. and get dinner going. Your recipe is giving me a great dinner idea. Glad to cook along with you on this Blog Hop!

    • hehe, thanks Elizabeth. Now that I’m finally getting a chance to respond to comments and see everyone’s recipes, I’m getting hungry too!

  12. i’m with you on chicken thigh! this is my favorite part of the chicken! thanks for pointing out the calorie difference, now there won’t be much of a guilt when i’m eating one…LOL

    I am not an indian cuisine fan but B is and I bet she will love this dish if i cook it for her, thanks for sharing!

    happy to be cooking along with you!

    • Hehe, I know, right? I don’t know why people assume they’re so bad for you. This isn’t a very spicy dish, in terms of Indian flavor, so I hope you’ll give it a try.

  13. This stew sounds lovely! love the flavours! I can’t wait to try this one out.

  14. I love when a plan comes together! And the way you incorporated all these flavors together that blended perfectly, easy and delicious! It’s a keeper.

  15. Oh this stew is creaming warmth and deliciousness….
    I bet this taste heavenly………

  16. the stew looks delicious.. and with squash.. all the more fun!

  17. Chicken having a pretty plain taste, the Indian spices, ginger and the flavorful squash are very welcome. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  18. Love anything Indian any day of the week. This stew looks delicious & comforting. Nice meeting you and happy to host squash love with you and the gang!

  19. I completely agree about the chicken thighs. So much more flavorful than the breast and chicken is so versatile by soaking up whatever spices you throw at it! I could definitely eat a big bowl of this. That flatbread looks great, too!

  20. Rarely do I ever turn down an Indian dish and this sounds perfect for this time of year. Delicious!

  21. Yes! I’m definitely feeling the colder weather, and am loving it. I have a feeling in the next couple of weeks it’ll be 90 some degrees here in CA again though. That’s typically how it works. Anyways, this soup sounds hearty and delicious. Yum!

  22. I love the flavors and ingredients of this stew! thanks for sharing =)

    #squashlove

    Jen

  23. I love Indian spiced food and this soup sounds incredible on a cold rainy night like this! :)

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  25. I made this! Thank goodness – I was running out of ideas after making butternut squash risotto one too many times. This was delicious!

  26. I love soup when it is cool out. Would you believe I have not made any soup yet, crazy! Love the flavors in this soup! Hugs, Terra

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