Spanish Sheet Pan Chicken & Butternut Squash Mash

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Sheet Pan Spanish Chicken thighs on a plate with Butternut Squash Mash, Olives, and Brussels Sprouts!  It's warm, hearty, and smoky.

Warm, hearty, and smoky, this rustic Sheet Pan Spanish Chicken with Butternut Squash Mash and Brussels Sprouts is everything! Tender chicken thighs, brussels sprouts, butternut squash and olives are roasted with a savory spice blend. Then the squash is pureed into a delicious slightly sweet and savory mash for a perfect finish!  

If you have picky kids, do not write this one off!  The olives add fantastic flavor, but can easily be separated or even left out.  The Brussels Sprouts can be substituted with your favorite veggies.  See below for ideas on how to make this fit your family needs.

This recipe was originally developed for my new Cookbook eBook, but I ended up not including it as I narrowed the book down to 30 recipes.  It is soooo good, I just had to share it with you!  

Sheet Pan Dinners Save the Day!

One Pan with everything for the meal that cooks in the oven?  What could be easier than that?  Sheet pan dinners are such a lifesaver when it comes to dinners on a busy weeknight!

Here are some other sheet pan dinners that I love!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special, just a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) and a food processor for the butternut squash mash. My go-to mini food processor was perfect for the job.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR SPANISH SHEET PAN CHICKEN DINNER

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below) 

The prep for this recipe is to rub the chicken and prep the veggies.  You can do these steps 1-2 days ahead and store in the fridge.

Can I use Chicken Breasts instead of thighs?

Yes, you can use boneless and skinless chicken breasts.  You will want to cut them into approximately 4 ounce portions to cook within the same time as the thighs.  Prep them the same way you would the thighs.

Can I swap the brussels sprouts?

The brussels sprouts get a delicious flavor when roasted, but if your family just really doesn’t like them, you can replace them.  For the same cooking time, you can use broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, thin slices of carrots, or other firm veggies instead.  You could also use sliced zucchini, chopped red pepper, sliced kale, or other thin/delicate veggies.  For these more delicate veggies however, I would add them during the last 10 minutes vs. the entire time so as to not overcook them.

COOK YOUR SPANISH SHEET PAN CHICKEN DINNER 

This dinner cooks on high heat – 425 F degrees.  Therefore, if you make any veggie swaps, check above for my recommendations.

To a large sheet pan, add the Brussels sprouts on one side and the cut butternut squash to the other side. Drizzle the olive oil over the veggies and then sprinkle with the salt, paprika, and garlic powder. Rub the oil and seasonings all of the veggies with hands, keeping the 2 veggies separate. Add the chicken thighs onto the pan in the center between the Brussels and squash.  

Sheet Pan Spanish Chicken thighs on a pan with Butternut Squash cubes in one side and Brussels Sprouts on the other! It's warm, hearty, and smoky.

Sprinkle the olives over the chicken and the Brussels sprouts (not over the squash).  Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, just until the squash is fork tender. When the squash is soft, transfer it to a food processor. Put the chicken and Brussels back in the oven for a final 5 minutes.

Blend until a smooth mash. If you need to add a tablespoon of water to help it along, do so.

When the Squash Mash is done, remove the sheet pan from the oven. To serve, scoop a spoonful of the Butternut Squash onto the plate, top with a chicken thigh, olives and then scoop Brussels sprouts on top. 

Can I cook this ahead and reheat it?

Yes, you can roast everything 1-3 days in advance.  It’s best to puree the butternut squash when it first comes out of the oven.  It will blend easier and you’ll get a smoother consistency.  To reheat, you can place everything in the microwave or put the chicken and Brussels sprouts back in the oven covered for 10 minutes on 400 F degrees.  Remove the cover for just the last few minutes.  Covering will hold in the moisture and prevent the chicken and veggies from drying out.  The Butternut squash can reheat in the oven in an oven-safe bowl if pureed.

Can I freeze this?

You can freeze the chicken seasoned and raw or after cooking it.  It will thaw and then cook or reheat nicely.  The butternut squash can be cooked and pureed and then frozen as well.  Finally, the Brussels Sprouts can be frozen as well, though they can get mushy.  To reheat, I recommend uncovering them when you reheat them in the oven to allow the moisture to evaporate and the brussels to get crispy.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Sheet Pan Spanish Chicken thighs on a plate with Butternut Squash Mash, Olives, and Brussels Sprouts! It's warm, hearty, and smoky.

Spanish Sheet Pan Chicken and Butternut Squash

Warm, hearty, and smoky, this rustic Sheet Pan Spanish Chicken with Butternut Squash Mash is everything! Tender chicken thighs, brussels sprouts, butternut squash and olives are roasted with a savory spice blend. Then the squash is pureed for a perfect finish!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword butternut squash, chicken, chicken thighs, sheet pan dinner, spanish recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

CHICKEN

  • 1 pound Chicken Thighs, boneless, skinless
  • 1 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper optional
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 1 tablespoons Olive Oil

OTHER INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound Butternut Squash pre-cut cubes
  • 1 pound Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup Green Olives Stuffed with Pimiento

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. To rub the chicken, add all of the ingredients for the chicken (paprika, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, cayenne, salt, pepper, water, oil) into a glass container or plastic storage bag. Mix to combine into a thick paste. Add the chicken and rub the paste all around. Set aside.

  2. Cut off the stem end of the Brussels sprouts and then slice in half. Slice the olives in halves or thirds. The butternut squash pieces should be no larger than ½ inch by ½ inch so trim them down as needed. Slice the Olives (I like 3 slices per olive).

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F degrees
  2. To a large sheet pan, add the Brussels sprouts on one side and the cut butternut squash to the other side. Drizzle the olive oil over the veggies and then sprinkle with the salt, paprika, and garlic powder. Rub the oil and seasonings all of the veggies with hands, keeping the 2 veggies separate. Add the chicken thighs onto the pan in the center between the Brussels and squash. Sprinkle the olives over the chicken and the Brussels sprouts (not over the squash).

    Sheet Pan Spanish Chicken thighs on a pan with Butternut Squash cubes in one side and Brussels Sprouts on the other! It's warm, hearty, and smoky.
  3. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, just until the squash is fork tender. When the squash is soft, transfer it to a food processor. Put the chicken and Brussels back in the oven for a final 5 minutes.

  4. Blend until a smooth mash. If you need to add a tablespoon of water to help it along, do so.

  5. When the Squash Mash is done, remove the sheet pan from the oven. To serve, scoop a spoonful of the Butternut Squash onto the plate, top with a chicken thigh, olives and then scoop Brussels sprouts on top. Enjoy!

Simple Weeknight Paprika Pork Stew Recipe

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Paprika Pork Stew Recipe in a bowl with carrots, onion, parsley.  It's an easy family dinner. 

Are your weeknight dinners frazzled?  I hear you!  I used to be there too.  And if I don’t turn to my easy dinner arsenal, I can be right back there again!  BUT, this Simple Weeknight Paprika Pork Stew Recipe is yet another dinner to help make your life easier!  

This Paprika Pork Stew Recipe is loaded with flavor and texture.  With each spoonful you get a smokey and salty bite flavor from the pork, paprika, oregano, garlic and onion.  Carrots balance out this dish with a slightly sweet and tender bite.  Finally, the pork is so moist and fork tender.  But the best part is that this entire dinner can be made in the slow cooker during the day.  Or you can make it ahead in the oven and then reheat on a busy weeknight!

Want more tips for making busy family dinners easier?  Click here for my Free Printable 5 Simple Steps to Easy Family Dinners!

THE MAGICAL SLOW COOKER

One of the easiest ways to make family dinners on busy weeknights is using a slow cooker!   You can put all of the ingredients into the pot and then set and forget.  The slow cooker does all of the work and you get a home filled with wonderful aromas and a hot meal just waiting to be enjoyed!  I have had the same slow cooker for years and there is absolutely nothing fancy about it.  But it’s never let me down and I never feel the need to get any other machines.  Check out my Shop page to see the slow cooker I would get today if I were going to replace mine!  It has a browning pot so you don’t have to dirty a second pan!

Here are a few of my family’s favorite slow cooker dinners:

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EQUIPMENT FOR THIS PORK STEW RECIPE

I made this recipe in a slow cooker.

However, you could also make it in the oven in a dutch oven or small roasting pan with a lid. To make this stew in the oven, follow the instructions for adding all of the ingredients. Then bake covered in the oven at 400 F degrees for 1-1.5 hours until the pork is fork tender.

And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR PORK STEW RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) ahead!

What can I say, this one is super easy!  The only thing you need to do for this recipe is prep the veggies and then mix everything in the slow cooker insert.

Up to 5 days ahead, you can peel and dice the carrots and onion. Also peel and mince the garlic.  These can be stored together in the fridge until you are ready to cook.

What else can I add to the stew?

For veggies, there are lots of options!  Veggies that can be added in from the start of the cooking are: creamer (baby gold) potatoes halved, sweet potato cubes, butternut squash cubes, celery slices, diced parsnips, or bell peppers.  Veggies that you will want to add in just the last hour are: kale, zucchini slices, or other soft vegetables that can get mushy.  Spinach can be added after the cooking is done and will wilt down in the hot stew in just minutes.

You can also add in egg noodles in the last hour and they should cook through for you!  Or you can add cooked rice or cooked quinoa.  

COOK YOUR PORK STEW RECIPE

Well, it doesn’t get much easy than this!  Just add the onion, carrots, and pork to the slow cooker insert. Then add the paprika, minced garlic, dried oregano, crushed bouillon cubes, water, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.

Adding paprika to raw pork and veggies in slow cooker insert for Paprika Pork Stew Recipe with carrots, onion, parsley.

All ingredients in slow cooker insert for Paprika Pork Stew Recipe with carrots, onion, parsley.

Turn the slow cooker to 6, 8, or 10 hours depending on your schedule.

Serve in a bowl by itself or over noodles and enjoy!

Can I freeze the stew?

Yes!  Absolutely!  This is a wonderful meal to make a ton of and then portion out for freezing. You can either freeze all of the ingredients raw and then add them to the slow cooker frozen.  In this case, you will wait to add the water until you are ready to cook.  Freeze the rest of the ingredients, then add them to the slow cooker frozen with the water, and set to 8 hours.

If you want to cook and then freeze, I like to first cool it in the fridge.  Then transfer it into freezer storage bags that can freeze flat and then be neatly stacked.  However, you can also freeze it in reusable plastic storage containers or glass freezer-safe containers.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Paprika Pork Stew Recipe in a bowl with carrots, onion, parsley. It's an easy family dinner. 

Simple Weeknight Paprika Pork Stew Recipe

This Paprika Pork Stew Recipe is loaded with flavor and texture.  With each spoonful you get a smokey and salty bite flavor from the pork, paprika, oregano, garlic and onion.  Carrots balance out this dish with a slightly sweet and tender bite.  Finally, the pork is so moist and fork tender.  But the best part is that this entire dinner can be made in the slow cooker during the day.  Or you can make it ahead in the oven and then reheat on a busy weeknight! #porkstew #porkrecipes #easydinners

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef stew, crock pot, pork, Pork stew, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 283 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Pork stew meat, cubed
  • 1 Onion, yellow or 3 small shallots
  • 2 Medium Carrots
  • 1 tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 4 Chicken or Beef Bouillon Cubes, crushed
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 cups Water

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Peel and dice the carrots. Peel and dice the onion. Peel and mince the garlic.

Cook your Paprika Pork Stew Recipe

  1. Add the onion, carrots, and pork to the slow cooker insert. Then add the paprika, minced garlic, dried oregano, crushed bouillon cubes, water, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.

    All ingredients in slow cooker insert for Paprika Pork Stew Recipe with carrots, onion, parsley.
  2. Turn the slow cooker to 6, 8, or 10 hours depending on your schedule.

  3. Serve in a bowl by itself or over noodles and enjoy!

    Paprika Pork Stew Recipe in a bowl with carrots, onion, parsley. It's an easy family dinner.