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Simply the Easiest Chicken and Pumpkin Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Einav Hakoun – @einavhakounfood
Indulge in the ultimate fall comfort: succulent chicken and pumpkin, a mouthwatering seasonal delight.
Servings: 6


  • Large and wide oven-safe pot + lid


  • 8-10 chicken drumsticks
  • ¾ pound/300 grams pumpkin, cut into large cubes
  • A handful of dried plums, apricots, and raisins
  • 2 onions, sliced into strips


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or date syrup


  • In a wide pot, heat olive oil and sauté the onions and chicken drumsticks together until they turn golden brown.
  • Add the dried fruits and spices, and stir to release the flavors. Add enough water to almost completely cover everything, then cover the pot with a lid and simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 340°F (170°C).
  • Uncover the pot, add the pumpkin, and bake for an additional 30 minutes using the turbo mode.


Chicken and Pumpkin Recipe
Credit: Einav Hakoun

Choosing the best pumpkin for this dish

When selecting the perfect pumpkin for this delectable dish, consider a few essential factors. Look for pumpkins labeled “sugar” or “pie” pumpkins, as they boast a sweeter, smoother flesh ideal for cooking. These pumpkins are smaller and more manageable than their larger, ornamental counterparts. Pay attention to the skin, aiming for a firm, blemish-free surface. A deep orange hue indicates ripeness and richer flavor. Lastly, choose a size that matches your recipe needs; too much pumpkin can overpower the dish, while too little might leave you wanting more.

What sides pair well with this chicken and pumpkin recipe?

Opt for options that balance the savory and sweet notes of the main course. Steamed jasmine rice is an excellent choice, absorbing the stew’s rich, aromatic sauce. A fresh green salad with a tangy vinaigrette offers a refreshing contrast. For a heartier accompaniment, consider warm, crusty bread or buttery mashed potatoes. Roasted vegetables like carrots or Brussels sprouts add another layer of earthiness to your meal.

What type of pot is best for cooking this chicken and pumpkin recipe?

An ideal choice is a heavy-bottomed, wide pot or Dutch oven, which ensures even heat distribution, preventing scorching. These pots maintain a steady simmer and trap flavors with a tight-fitting lid. Cast iron or enameled cast iron options are particularly effective. Additionally, a roaster pot can work if it has the right size and features, offering a broad cooking surface. Ensure it has a well-fitting lid and is suitable for stovetop and oven use.

Chicken and Pumpkin Recipe
Credit: Einav Hakoun

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