Chicken Breast with Pumpkin and Orange Butter

I once believed Pumpkins only came out on a Halloween night and with a glowing candle shimmering through the holes of its scary cut out face. Now I couldn’t imagine life without it, I love Pumpkin… is so easy to cook with, it cooks quickly, and has to be the most versatile vegetable of all!!  This recipe’s easy to make, absolutely juicy and tender and goes perfect on a bed of pumpkin.  Try it, you’ll love it!!


Finely grated rind of 1 orange
1 bunch tarragon, finely chopped
30g unsalted butter, softened
1 chicken breast, skin on
2 tablespoons olive oil
400g butternut pumpkin, diced
30g tablespoons butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
Juice of 1 orange
2 tablespoons honey
100g green beans, steamed to serve


1. Preheat oven to 220’C.

2 Combine orange rind, tarragon and butter in a small bowl until well combined. Gently pull skin away from the chicken breast and stuff with 2 tablespoons of orange butter, reserving the remaining mix. Place in a baking paper-lined roasting dish, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Remove chicken from pan and allow to rest. Reserve pan juices.

3. Cook pumpkin in a medium saucepan half filled with boiling water for 7-10 minutes or until tender. Drain well, return to saucepan and mash. Add butter, season with salt and pepper and mix to combine.

4. Heat a medium frying pan over a medium heat, add pan juices and onion and panfry until golden. Add orange juice and honey and reduce by a quarter. Add remaining orange butter and stir until butter has melted.

5. To serve, arrange a spoonful of pumpkin mash in the centre of a serving plate, top with chicken and drizzle with orange sauce. Serve with green beans on the side.

21 Responses to “Chicken Breast with Pumpkin and Orange Butter”

  1. I just came from a blog that says pumpkin is better than botox when applied as a face mask :O

  2. Delicious…I must admit overindulging on the stuff at the moment….but delicious! xx

  3. yummy for lunch…
    you make me feel hungry.
    Thanks for sharing…

  4. Oh, double yum! Delicious, healthy, low carb , quick fix. Thanks! Love it. xx

  5. I may purchase a pumpkin for this amazing recipe I know for sure we would enjoy it. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Mmmm, almost dinner time!! This is SO enticing!!

  7. Sounds wonderful…but I’m stuck at the courthouse because of jury duty.

  8. Looks delicious! Love pumpkin, anything that has pumpkin in it (as the scone that is right now waiting for me on a plate), or with it (as on the plate you show above).

  9. I should know better than to visit your blog on an empty stomach 🙂

  10. MMMM,Now,I am off to cook!
    All your fault… 🙂
    Peace to you, my friend,

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