Chipotle Chicken & Rice Stuffed Squash

Ali Segersten Oct 29, 2010 20 comments

I think I'd be missing the blogging boat if I didn't post a stuffed squash recipe this Autumn! This recipe veers away from the usual wild rice or quinoa mixed with nuts, cranberries, apples, and herbs. Not that those combinations aren't perfectly comforting and festive this time of year....but I was thinking of something a little spicier.

I was snuggling my 5 year old daughter after school yesterday and at the same time was trying to think of something for dinner. We are in desperate need of a large grocery shopping trip but before I embark on one of those adventures I like to use up whatever ingredients might be lurking around our pantry and refrigerator. I had a cooked chicken breast in the fridge from a whole chicken I cooked into soup the other day and a pot of brown rice on the counter. The peppers I purchased at last Saturday's market and the kale was from our garden.
I like to use Bionaturae Strained Tomatoes any time I would generally use tomato sauce. This is because it comes in glass and not a can. Canned tomatoes are still lined with plastic and can leach potentially dangerous chemicals, such as BPA, into the tomato product. Though it is still debatable how much of these chemicals are actually present.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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Do you think it would work to freeze this filling? I'm considering making a double batch of the filling with the goal of freezing half for a quick post-baby meal. Thanks!

This was such a hit with my husband! We loved the sauce. I added organic dark chocolate squares instead of cocoa powder, steamed the squash(don't have an oven), and added organic lentils(i'm vegan) to the organic brown basmati rice along with some naturally dehydrated veggies and raisins. We'll be making this again! Btw- absolutely love your site and can't wait to order your book.

I have this in the oven right now! I can't wait to taste it! I grow my own tomatoes and store them in jars, so glad my parents taught me how to garden! Love your site!

I really want to make this-- I think I might do it with kabocha pumpkin though. Chipotle flavors go so well with fall.

Thanks for all of the great comments, enjoy this warming Autumn recipe! :)

I made this on Monday night. It took a long time to prepare, but the work and wait was worth it. The next time, I will do some prep. work the night before I want to serve this. I had extra "stuffing" and suace, so I mixed some of the sauce with the chicken/rice mix and made a casserole. There is still leftover sauce, so I used it as a topping for black bean burgers last night....Delicious!!!

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This looks so amazing and such a great fall recipe.I am going to give this a go veg style with some chopped nuts or tempeh.

Ali - this looks great. Any time you stuff a squash, it elevates the meal to a whole other place! And I so appreciate all of the alternatives you suggest. Thanks!

I am a sucker for chipotle chile powder. This sounds SO good!

This looks fantastic! I switched from Muirs Glen organic canned tomatoes to Bionaturae strained tomatoes in the glass bottle earlier this year and have not looked back since - canned tomatoes used to somtimes give me some heartburn yet the Bionaturae ones do not!!

I have also tried Pomi, though since they are not organic, I always get nervous - I bought them when I was out of Bionaturae and had not been able to replenish my supply.

This looks amazing! I WILL be trying this recipe soon!

Those look great! What a perfect fall dish.

Wow, what a gorgeous dish, Ali! I imagine that the squash flavors really balance the spiciness and I love chicken in recipes like this. Several different amazing flavors and textures--that's my favorite way to eat meals. :-)

Happy Friday!

Ali -- this looks delicious. I love all things squash, so am always excited about new variations... and it looks like this one will be very easy to make grain-free as well.

Yum!! I love stuffed squash! I find that dishes like this get people (like my hubby!) who wouldn't ordinarily eat baked squash to love it. I am going to put this on my 'to make' list - it would totally be something he'd love.

Thanks for a fantastic recipe, Ali!

Definitely a unique blend of flavors! I wish I could find glass jarred tomatoes around here - none of the local stores carry them.

Hi Ali - this sounds fabulous and versatile! I'll definitely be making this one soon!

This looks yummy, sounds yummy and fast and easy - my kind of dinner!
Also, thanks for the tip on canned tomatoes - I didn't know that most were lined with plastic! Is it all canned products or just tomatoes?

What a delicious autumn meal! I love stuffed squash, and your variation looks incredible.

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