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!

One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice

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Spanish Chicken and Rice in pot is hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
Spanish Chicken and Rice on plate with fork.  It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Warm, hearty, and smokey, this rustic One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice is everything!  It’s comfort on a plate.  Tender chicken thighs are seared with a smoked paprika spice blend that gives deep flavor to the tender meat.  It’s then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor!

And…the entire thing, rice and all, cooks in this one pot!  Yes!  It starts on the stove and then moves to the oven where the rice and veggies cooks to perfection.

This is also the perfect ingredient-flexible recipe for using what you have in the pantry!  Just scroll down to see.

Spanish Chicken and Rice in pot is hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Perfect Pantry Dinner!

When times are tough, the pantry can be your best friend for helping to pull together a family dinner.  This One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice recipe is a perfect example!  Click here to get more pantry dinner ideas and  Pantry Must-Haves for Quick & Easy Dinners!  

For this Spanish Chicken and Rice, here is what you need and how you could swap with other ingredients if needed:

Refrigerator/Freezer

  • Chicken Thighs – You can use chicken breasts if you don’t have thighs, but boneless skinless thighs really are so perfect for this dish.  If you need to use frozen chicken, be sure to put it in the fridge to thaw 24 hours before planning to cook this recipe.
  • Carrots and Celery – You can make this recipe without these veggies, but they add flavor and texture, as well as vitamins and nutrients.  You could use frozen carrots if you have them too.  Simply add them straight from the freezer, do not thaw first.
  • Other: Not included in this recipe, but would also be delicious in it are red pepper and Chorizo (out of the casing).

Pantry

  • Spices & Seasonings – This is where you can make substitutions based on what you have on hand.  The one ingredient you do really need for this recipe is Smoked paprika, which gives the dish it’s distinct Spanish smokey flavor.  If you don’t have this and cannot get it, you could swap with chili powder. 
  • Long grain rice – You can use other types of rice, but if you are going to use a converted rice or quick cooking rice, you will want to cook the chicken 10 minutes longer on the stove without the rice.  Then add the rice and cook in the oven for 20 minutes vs. 30min.
  • Onion & Garlic – If you do not have fresh onions, you can use frozen.  You could use onion/garlic powder or flakes if needed.
  • Tomato – If you do not have a fresh tomato, you can use 1 can diced tomatoes.
  • Tomato paste – This ingredient gives the dish a deep deep tomato flavor which is hard to replicate, but you can leave it out as long as you have another tomato product in the dish.
  • Spanish Olives stuffed with Pimento – I like to keep these on hand in my pantry, but if you do not have them, you can use any olives.  You can also substitute with capers or even artichoke hearts in a pinch.  Of course, you can simply leave them out altogether!
  • Chicken broth – You can substitute with bouillon mixed with hot water, vegetable broth, beef broth, or just water if needed.  Be sure to taste for seasoning and adjust for more flavor by adding salt, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.

For more easy Pantry Dinner Recipes, CLICK HERE!

Spanish Chicken and Rice on plate with fork. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a large (5-6 quart) pot with lid that can go from the stove to the oven. My prized possession dutch oven was perfect for this! Or any good quality enameled cast iron 5-6 quart dutch oven with lid is great.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR ONE POT SPANISH CHICKEN AND RICE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

This is the kind of recipe that you can reheat later and it’s nearly as good as when it first comes out of the oven.  So, you could make the entire recipe ahead if you need to!

In terms of prepping ingredients, you can dice the carrots, celery, and onion. Mince the garlic. Rough chop the olives so that most are at least cut in half.  Cut the tomato into large chunks.  Chop the parsley, if using(optional).

Diced carrots for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Diced celery for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Diced onion for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Knife cutting tomato into large chunks for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Tomato cut into large chunks for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Chopped green olives with pimento for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Measure out the tomato paste. Make the chicken broth if using bouillon.

Then make your spice rub by mixing Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Salt, Black Pepper, and Cayenne powder (optional).

Spice Rub spices for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

COOK YOUR ONE POT SPANISH CHICKEN AND RICE

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel and season all over with the spice rub. Rub it in with fingers.Patting skinless chicken thighs with paper towel for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Sprinkling seasoning on raw chicken thighs for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Rubbing seasoning on raw chicken thighs for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

In a 5-quart oven safe dutch oven or deep pot/pan with lid, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on high heat. Add the chicken thighs top/presentation down and leave them alone for 5-6 minutes without touching so they get a nice sear. After five minutes, turn the chicken over and sear the other side for another 5 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.

Adding chicken thighs to pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Chicken thighs in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Transfer chicken thighs to plate for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

To the same pot, add the carrots, celery, onions, garlic, chopped tomato, chopped olives, tomato paste, chicken broth, salt, and smoked paprika. Bring to a boil.

Veggies added to pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Pouring broth into veggies in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Boiling broth and veggies in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Stir in the rice and half of the parsley (if using) into the cooking liquid. Add the chicken back on top of the rice.

Mixing rice into broth and veggies in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Adding chicken back to pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Cover and place the pot into the oven and cook for 30 minutes.

Pot covered in oven for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipesSpanish Chicken and Rice in pot is hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Serve and Enjoy!  😍 Carrie

Spoon serving Spanish Chicken and Rice from pot.  It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

Spanish Chicken and Rice on plate with fork. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes

One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice

Warm, hearty, and smokey, this rustic One Pot Spanish Chicken and Rice everything!  It's comfort on a plate.  Tender chicken thighs are seared with a smoked paprika spice blend that gives deep flavor to the tender meat.  It's then cooked to perfection with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #chickenandrice #easydinnerideas #familydinnerideas #dinners #chickenthighs

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword chicken, one pot, paprika, rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Spice Rub for Chicken

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)

All Other Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup long grain rice
  • 2 lbs Chicken Thighs, boneless, skinless (about 6 thighs)
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Carrot, Large
  • 1 Celery Stalk
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 large ripe tomato (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
  • 5 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup Spanish Olives stuffed with Pimento
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth (reduce to 3 cups if using canned tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 4 tbsp Chopped Italian Parsley (optional)

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. In a small bowl, mix the spice rub ingredients.

    Spice Rub spices for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  2. Dice the carrots, celery, and onion. Mince the garlic. Chop the tomato into large chunks. Rough chop the olives. Chop the parsley, if using(optional).

    Chopped green olives with pimento for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  3. Measure out the tomato paste. Make the chicken broth if using bouillon.

Cook your Chicken and Rice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and season the thighs all over with the spice rub. Rub it in with fingers.

    Rubbing seasoning on raw chicken thighs for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  3. In a 5-quart oven safe dutch oven or deep pot/pan with lid, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on high heat. Add the chicken thighs top/presentation down and leave them alone for 5-6 minutes without touching so they get a nice sear. After five minutes, turn the chicken over and sear the other side for another 5 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.

    Chicken thighs in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  4. To the same pot, add the carrots, celery, onions, garlic, chopped tomato, Chopped olives, tomato paste, chicken broth, salt, and smoked paprika. Bring to a boil.

    Pouring broth into veggies in pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  5. Stir in the rice and half of the parsley (if using) into the cooking liquid. Add the chicken back on top of the rice. Cover and place the pot into the oven and cook for 30 minutes.

    Adding chicken back to pot for Spanish Chicken and Rice. It's hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes
  6. Garnish with remaining parsley. Serve and Enjoy!

    Spanish Chicken and Rice in pot is hearty, smokey, and delicious! Paprika spice blend rubbed chicken thighs are seared then cooked with rice, onions, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, and olives for unbelievable flavor! #easydinners #chickenrecipes