Spice up dinner with a simple but flavorful Sheet Pan Chicken and Squash dinner recipe! A delicious and easy meal to make with very few dishes to be cleaned up after dinner.
Squash season here in Florida has arrived. Years ago, at our old house I had an amazing and very abundant garden. I grew yellow squash and zucchini. If you’ve ever grown squash you know that if you find a good spot you will have more squash than what you know what to do with.
That was always my case. We had so much squash we would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for weeks, if not months, depending on how the weather was.
Here in Florida, our gardening season is very different from the rest of the country. We garden mostly in spring and fall — it’s way too hot to grow anything in summer here. So with squash season in full bloom that’s what helped inspired me for this new sheet pan dinner.
This is a very simple but flavorful meal and my entire family loves it. I always only used my homemade Cajun seasoning mix on fish. Never thought about adding it to any other protein, or veggie, for that matter. Once I added it to this chicken I was in love. I added squash on the sheet pan because it's what I had on hand and it worked out perfectly!
The best part — I can prep this meal a day in advance. It actually tastes better because the chicken marinates in the Cajun seasoning. I like to prep this meal the night before. Then, the next day pull out my sheet pan, pour the contents of the chicken and squash bags (you need to keep them separate until cooking) on to the sheet pan and bake!
I’m all about simple meals. Don’t worry if you want to cook this recipe right away, you don’t have to prep ahead of time — just don’t expect the flavors to be as intense.
I’ve tested this recipe multiple ways. I’ve tested prepped and cooked immediately, prepped the day ahead, and I’ve even prepped the meal, froze it, and defrosted and cooked a week later. I prefer the prepped the day ahead method the best.
I also don’t mind prepping the chicken and freezing but I’m not a fan on how the squash turns out after being frozen and then defrosted. I found it to be on the soggy side and let’s face it — it doesn’t take that long to wash and slice veggies so that’s the route I go.
This dinner is both dairy and gluten free, making it the perfect meal to enjoy if you are on a specific diet or deal with food allergies. With just a few basic supplies and ingredients you will have a delicious dinner in under an hour. If you’re looking to switch up dinner you’ll want to give this Sheet Pan Chicken and Squash dinner recipe a try!
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