Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa

January 19, 2012 | Filed Under Butternut Squash, Foods I Never Liked Before Until I Started to Cook, Poultry, Quinoa, Stew 


Introducing one of my new favorite meals of the season.  I’ve discovered that I love squash and quinoa.   Yay for the two!




Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa Recipe

from Cookin’ Canuck


Yield: Serves 6



1 1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded & chopped into 1/2-inch pieces


3 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 tbsp olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

1/2 tsp kosher salt

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 can (14 oz) petite diced tomatoes

2/3 uncooked quinoa

3/4 cup pitted and quartered kalamata olives

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley



Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.


Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.

In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer.

Add chicken thighs, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Transfer the chicken thighs to a plate and allow to cool. Pour broth into a medium-sized bowl.

Return the saucepan to the stovetop and lower heat to medium. Add olive oil.

Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.

To the saucepan, add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, mashed butternut squash. Stir to combine.

Stir in reserved chicken broth and quinoa. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes.

Shred the chicken with your fingers or a fork.

Stir the chicken, olives and pepper into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 5 minutes.

Stir in parsley and serve.



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8 Responses to “Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa”

  1. Hearty and very comforting! A great combination.



  2. sounds perfect for this chilly weather!

  3. Hedone

    That looks really yummy. You’ve made my stomach growl. Thanks for that :-\

  4. The stew looks wonderful, it’s perfect for the cool and damp weather we have here in DR. Gracias por la receta, Paz :)

    Have a great weekend!

  5. I would love a huge bowl, yummy!

  6. Looks good! Quinoa is a great food choice: good and good for you. Some months ago, I read about toasting quinoa before cooking it. It adds a nice flavor dimension to quinoa.

  7. I’m loving quinoa too :) And of course squash has always been a favorite! This sounds delicious!

  8. Hi Rosa: It IS a great combination, indeed!

    Hi Kat: Yes, perfect for the cold weather!

    Hi Hedone: Welcome! Didn’t mean to make your stomach growl… Well, maybe I did. LOL! I hope you get to try this sometime soon.

    Hi Mari: I thought it was always hot in DR. I learn something new! 😉

    Hi Vianney: I think you’d love it, too!

    Hi Simona: Very interesting about toasting the quinoa before cooking it. Very interesting!

    Hi Joey: It’s a delicious combo. I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it. 😉

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone!


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