“If a harvest-scented candle and an outsized fuzzy blanket acquired collectively to cook dinner dinner, they’d make this Butternut Squash, Rooster, and Wild Rice Casserole.”

That line is accurately how I understood I needed to make this wild rice casserole from my friend Erin‘s new cookbook Properly Plated. Thankfully she kindly is allowing me share this recipe on the weblog for all of you to love! It is the ideal healthy meal recipe, but also would make rather an incredible Thanksgiving aspect (with or with no the rooster) or even a attractive way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

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Substances in butternut squash wild rice casserole

This delightful butternut squash, rooster & wild rice casserole has great drop flavors, sweet & savory components, and is easier to make than you think. Here’s what you are going to will need to make it:

  • Wild & brown rice mix: the foundation of the casserole is built with a wild and brown rice blend.
  • Hen: this recipe is built best with boneless, skinless hen thighs, but come to feel cost-free to use hen breasts if you’d like. Check out out the notes area for a vegetarian substitute!
  • Olive oil: you are going to prepare dinner the rooster and veggies in a little bit of olive oil.
  • Salt & pepper: to correctly time the complete dish.
  • Butternut squash: you will want to use a compact butternut squash that’s about 1½ kilos.
  • Yellow onion: for a very little added flavor and crunch in the casserole.
  • Refreshing thyme: clean herbs actually bring out the fantastic tumble flavors.
  • Dried cranberries: I adore the sweet & tangy bites of dried cranberries. Dried cherries would also be scrumptious.
  • Shredded parmesan cheese: incredibly melty parmesan cheese can make this casserole flawlessly creamy and holds almost everything alongside one another.
  • Raw pecans or walnuts: the nutty flavors of pecans or walnuts pair deliciously with the sweet dried cranberries and savory cheese!

unbaked wild rice casserole in a baking dish

Customize this butternut squash wild rice casserole

  • Insert some decadence: stir ½ to 1 cup of shredded Gruyère or fontina cheese into the filling with the Parmesan.
  • To make vegetarian: swap the hen for 2 (15- ounce) cans of diminished sodium white beans (like great Northern or cannellini beans), rinsed & drained.
  • To make vegan: swap white beans for the hen and use your preferred dairy no cost parmesan cheese.

butternut squash wild rice casserole in a baking dish

How to slash & peel butternut squash

The deliciously roasted butternut squash is the star of the clearly show in this cozy wild rice casserole. Discover specifically how to cut and peel a butternut squash (safely) with this straightforward tutorial!

chicken wild rice casserole in a baking dish with a wooden spoon

Make this wild rice casserole in advance of time

For even more quickly dinner prep: Prepare the rice up to 2 days in advance (or make it in major batches and freeze specific portions for up to 3 months). The hen and butternut squash can be cooked up to 1 working day in advance. You can also swap the hen thighs for 4 cups of shredded rotisserie hen.

The complete casserole can be assembled through step 6 and saved in the refrigerator, unbaked, for up to 1 working day. Allow come to room temperature, then bake as directed.

butternut squash chicken wild rice casserole in a dish with a spoon

How to freeze & reheat wild rice casserole

To freeze: bake the casserole totally, then let interesting to home temperature. Protect it tightly, then freeze for up to 3 months.

To reheat: let the casserole thaw right away in the fridge, convey to home temperature, then address with foil and reheat at 350 degrees F right up until warmed by. Be confident to use a pan that is freezer and oven risk-free.

butternut squash chicken wild rice casserole on a plate with a fork

Much more wintertime squash recipes to check out

Winter season Butternut Squash Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash Broccoli Cheddar Hen Couscous

Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Moroccan Stew

Butternut Squash Environmentally friendly Chile Chicken Soup

wild rice casserole with butternut squash and chicken on a plate

I hope you adore this butternut squash, hen and wild rice casserole from Erin’s Nicely Plated cookbook! Never forget about to select up your duplicate and enjoy, xo!

Recipe by: Evi Madison // SRCooking | Photography by: Take in Adore Eats