Pumpkin pickle with fried chicken breast

Pumpkin pickle with fried chicken breast

James dishes up squash two ways: roasted in wedges and in a spicy pickle. All served with simply fried chicken breasts.


  • 1 tromboncino squash or butternut squash
  • 2 chicken breasts (preferably French-trimmed), skin on
  • salt and black pepper
  • 50g/1¾oz butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 5cm/2in piece fresh root ginger, finely grated
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1½ tsp black onion seeds
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 2 tbsp mango chutney

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  2. Cut a 6cm/2½in piece of squash and peel, then cut into four 15mm/¾in thick slices and set aside. Cut another piece (about 300g/10½oz), peel and cut into 1cm/½in cubes.

  3. Season the chicken breast with salt and black pepper.

  4. Heat a frying pan until hot. Add a knob of butter, the olive oil and the chicken breast skin-side down and fry on each side for 1-2 minutes, or until golden-brown. Add the squash slices and place in the oven for 15 minutes, or until both are cooked through.

  5. Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan until hot. Add the remaining butter and, when melted, cook the shallot, garlic and the cubes of squash. Cook for a couple of minutes.

  6. Stir in the sugar and cook until it starts to caramelise, then add a few tablespoons of water and the ginger, turmeric, fenugreek and black onion seeds. Cook for another couple of minutes.

  7. Add another 3-4 tablespoons of water and stir to combine, then add the chilli, coriander and a generous pinch of salt. Remove from the heat and stir in the mango chutney.

  8. To serve, place two slices of pumpkin on each plate, top with a chicken breast and then spoon some pickle alongside.

James Martin recipes from James Martin: Home Comforts

Less than 30 mins preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour cooking time

Serves 2

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