Spicy Chicken and Squash Stew

Serve with a green salad and some crusty bread for a delicious supper.  There is enough sauce to have rice as well, if desired.

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Servings: 4

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  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) paprika
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) each dried thyme leaves and dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each cayenne and ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 3 Ontario Chicken Legs, separated into thighs and drumsticks
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 Ontario Onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves Ontario Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) minced fresh gingerroot (or 1 tsp/5 mL ground ginger)
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) each packed brown sugar and soy sauce
  • 1Ontario Butternut Squash, peeled and coarsely cubed (7 cups/1.75 L)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch
  • Chopped fresh Ontario Parsley


In large bowl, combine paprika, thyme, mustard, cayenne, cloves, salt and pepper; add chicken and roll to coat well. In large deep nonstick skillet or shallow wide saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; brown chicken in batches, removing to plate.

Pour off and discard all but 2 tbsp (25 mL) fat from pan. Add onions, garlic, ginger and any remaining spices in bowl; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, 1/2 cup (125 mL) water, brown sugar and soy sauce. Bring to boil, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan.

Return chicken and any juices to pan; add squash. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until squash is tender and juices run clear when chicken thigh is pierced, about 35 minutes.

Stir cornstarch with 2 tbsp (25 mL) cold water until smooth; stir into stew and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until thickened, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley.

1 Serving (When recipe serves 6):

  • Protein: 24 grams
  • Fat: 11 grams
  • Carbohydrate: 27 grams
  • Calories: 310
  • Fibre: 3 grams
  • Sodium: 650 mg