Roast chicken with butternut squash, chorizo & chilli

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
Add some punchy Spanish flavours to your Sunday roast – plus try Sara’s ideas for using up the leftovers throughout the week

  • Prep:35 mins
    Cook:2 hrs 15 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 501
  • fat 25g
  • saturates 8g
  • carbs 30g
  • sugars 11g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 42g
  • salt 0.57g


  • 1 large free-range chicken (about 2¼kg/5lb)
  • 4 medium red onions, 1 halved, the rest cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 12 sage leaves, 8 shredded, 4 left whole, plus an extra sprig to garnish
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into large, chunky wedges
  • 500g pack Charlotte potatoes, halved
  • 2 red chillies, seeds left in and sliced
  • 110g pack chorizo sausages, sliced
  • 1 garlic bulb, separated into cloves


Leftover veg?
Heat it with some chicken stock, then blitz until smooth to make an instant soup.Make your own stock
To make chicken stock, put the carcass into a large saucepan with a few black peppercorns, ½ onion and a handful parsley stalks. Cover with water, bring to a gentle simmer for 1 hr, then strain. Cool and pour into freezer bags. Can be frozen for up to 3 months.


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Pull the white fat out of the chicken’s cavity and discard. Tuck 2 onion halves inside the cavity with the 4 whole sage leaves, rub the skin with a little oil, then season well. Put the chicken, breast-side down, in a large roasting tin, then roast for 45 mins. Turn it over then roast for 30 mins more.

  2. Toss the onion wedges with the sage, squash, potatoes, chillies, chorizo and garlic. Add the oil, season well, and mix again. Scatter round the chicken, toss in the pan juices, then roast for 45 mins.

  3. Lift the chicken from the roasting tin and put on a plate, then turn up the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Toss the vegetables in the pan juices, spread over the tin to give them a bit of space, then return to the oven for 15 mins to brown while the chicken rests under foil and tea towels. Garnish with fresh sage leaves and serve with broccoli and wilted spinach.

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