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Chicken Baked with Pumpkin and Peanuts

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Cook Time: 60 min.
Peanut butter, chopped peanuts, pumpkin, and cayenne give this chicken a unique flavor profile.


  • 4 lbs chicken pieces, both white and dark parts
  • 2 large onions, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 pie pumpkin or butternut squash, about 2 pounds, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, very hot
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, divided
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts


  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, place onions and pumpkin (or squash). In a medium bowl, stir together peanut butter, half of the salt and half of the cayenne pepper. Gradually stir in hot chicken broth, melting the peanut butter. Stir in half of the lemon juice. Pour over the pumpkin and onions.
  • Place chicken on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle chicken with remaining salt, cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Sprinkle black pepper over chicken.
  • Bake for 1 hour, until pumpkin is tender and fork can be inserted in chicken with ease. Sprinkle with peanuts.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 692
  Calories from Fat 280 (40%)
(50%)Total Fat 33g
(33%)Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
(71%)Cholesterol 212mg
(42%)Sodium 1018mg
(44%)Potassium 1553mg
Total Carbohydrate 24g
(18%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 7g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(156%)Protein 78g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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