Maple Balsamic Roasted Chicken & Acorn Squash

As demonstrated in the “Squash & Sauce” episode of Live It – September 2019

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  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 cups carrots, diced into ¼” pieces
  • 1 small onion, cut into strips
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Wash acorn squash. Cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Slice squash halves into ½” crescent-shaped slices.
  3. In a large, greased baking dish, arrange squash slices in a single layer. Sprinkle carrot and onion pieces over the squash. Arrange chicken, smooth side down, on top of vegetables.
  4. Roast vegetables and chicken in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together maple syrup and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Remove baking dish from the oven, carefully turn the chicken thighs over. Pour maple and balsamic mixture all over chicken and vegetables.  If desired, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Return baking dish to the oven and continue roasting for 20-30 more minutes, or until chicken reaches and internal temperature of 165° and squash is fork-tender. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving
Yield: 4 servings

Calories  269.6
Total Fat  7.3 g
Saturated Fat   2.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat  1.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat  3.0 g
Cholesterol  90.0 g
Sodium   214.9 g
Potassium  663.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate  35.0 g
Dietary Fiber  3.9 g
Sugars  16.2 g
Protein  17.8 g
Vitamin A  161.3%
Vitamin B-6  14.4%
Vitamin C  29.1%
Folate  9.0%
Iron  6.9%
Magnesium  11.9%
Manganese  48.0%

Live It is a cooking demonstration presented by the Nutrition Food Services and Wellness Departments at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers (CHWC). Episodes are hosted by registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Andrea Miller, and each features a different special guest sous chef. The goal of Live It is to showcase nutrient-dense foods and teach viewers doable ways to use them in order to promote wellness in our community. Held once a month at Bryan Hospital, the show is recorded by Bryan Municipal Utilities in front of a live all-staff audience. For more recipes and to watch past episodes of Live It, visit