Sesame-lemon chicken, Tenderstem and butternut squash

Sesame-lemon chicken, Tenderstem and butternut squash


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 1kg butternut squash, peeled & cut into 3cm chunks
  • 1 bulb of garlic, broken into cloves, unpeeled
  • 2 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
  • 2 lemons cut into quarters
  • 240g Tenderstem®
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Lay the chicken in a large roasting tin and scatter the butternut squash and garlic cloves around it. Drizzle over the oil and squeeze the juice from the lemon quarters, tucking the empty shells in and around the chicken and squash.

  2. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes, until the chicken is crisp and the squash in soft and lightly caramelised. If your chicken thighs are particularly large you may need to increase cooking by 10 minutes.

  3. Blanch the Tenderstem® in boiling water for 2 minutes, drain and set aside.

  4. Remove the tray from the oven, stir through the blanched Tenderstem®, coating it well in the lemony juices. Drizzle the honey all over and sprinkle on the sesame seeds.

  5. Return to the oven for a further 10 minutes until the chicken is sticky and golden. Serve immediately with plenty of rice.


Preparation time: 10 mins

Serves: 4

Nutrition: n/a


Add soy sauce at the end for added flavour. 

Wine pairing 


Black Tower Silvaner Pinot Grigio

This German medium sweet wine is herby, nutty and has a pear flavour. It goes perfectly with white meat, salads and fish.