Maple Simmered Chicken with Cranberries and Vanilla

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For Squash

11/2 pounds butternut squash, cut in half, seeds and fiber removed and lightly coated with vegetable oil

23 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

12 teaspoons cinnamon (I use Ceylon cinnamon, which is mild and slightly citrusy, so amount of cinnamon is based on taste and what type of cinnamon you’re using)

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/21 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg or to taste

1 teaspoon Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

For Poaching Chicken

1 teaspoon dried thyme

11/2 cup chicken broth

1 pound chicken breasts


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place butternut squash on baking pan. Bake until the squash is knife-tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

In a medium sized pan, add chicken broth and thyme. Bring mixture to a boil on high heat; reduce to medium low and gently simmer chicken

Add chicken and poach it in broth for 10 minutes. Flip chicken over and cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes based on the size of the chicken breasts. Cut into thickest piece of chicken to check for doneness; if still pink, flip chicken and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is opaque throughout. Remove from broth and allow to rest 5 minutes before cutting it into slices.

Serve chicken on top of squash (or plate squash on the side if preferred) and with cranberry sauce over chicken or served on the side.


Serves 4

Alternative Directions

To save time, purchase fresh, pre-cut butternut squash. Cut any large pieces of squash in half. Follow the above directions for finishing the squash.