Butternut Squash Chicken Street Tacos


A tasty spin on a classic chicken taco. The butternut squash adds flavor and dense nutrition to a family favorite meal. Your kiddos will love these! Serve with warm corn tortillas and a side of rice; garnish with lime, chopped cilantro, and sour cream.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound skinless chicken thighs

  • 1 pound butternut squash, cubed

  • 1 yellow onion, sliced

  • ½ cup chicken stock

  • 2 tablespoons ground paprika

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 3 sprigs fresh marjoram, chopped, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  2. Combine chicken thighs, butternut squash, onion, chicken stock, paprika, garlic, salt, marjoram, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, and pepper in an enameled cast iron Dutch oven. Pour tomatoes on top.

  3. Bake, covered, in the preheated oven until chicken is tender, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until most of the butternut squash has melted into the sauce, about 30 minutes more. Shred chicken with 2 forks.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute 1 teaspoon dried thyme for the marjoram if desired.

You can make this in a slow cooker too; cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
8g Fat
27g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 1519mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 41mg 203%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 882mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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