Crockpot Paleo Chicken with Butternut Squash Pears and Cranberries
Crockpot Chicken, Pears and Cranberries is so wonderfully delicious that you will forget how healthy it is for you! This is a scrumptious Paleo crockpot recipe that is full of spices and will have your taste buds going crazy. My family fell in love with this chicken dish. It is also Whole 30 complaint.
I put all the ingredients in the crockpot first thing in the morning and cooked this dinner meal on low all day. My house was full of such a sweet and savory aroma when I got home later that night. My hubby who is usually a meat and potatoes kind of guy, really liked this meal. Be sure to try it because you will NOT be disappointed! Feel free to go heavy handed on the spices to give this dish more of a flavor. The second time I made this I added more spices and we enjoyed it even more.
Easy Freeze Slow Cooker Supper Directions: Add all ingredients to a freezer safe bag except broth. Freeze. When ready to cook thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place into the slow cooker. Add broth and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Crockpot Paleo Chicken with Butternut Squash, Pears and Cranberries is delicious and so good for you!
Weight Watchers Points Plus = 7 Points
Crockpot Chicken with Butternut Squash, Pears and CranberriesPrint Recipe
- 1 butternut squash 1.5 lbs., cubed
- 1 sweet onion sliced
- 1 bosc pear sliced
- 1 cup raw cranberries
- 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into halves or quarters)
- 1 cup veggie or chicken broth
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp Sea salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Layer squash cubes at the bottom of the crockpot.
- Put half of the onions, pears, and cranberries on top.
- Add 1 bay leaf and some spices.
- Arrange a layer of chicken on top of the spices.
- Add another layer of spices and the second bay leaf on top of the chicken.
- Add the remaining onion, pear, and cranberries.
- Pour the broth over the mixture.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
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I love the sounds of this. I am always looking for recipes that include butternut squash. Thank you for sharing 🙂
I made this tonight – it is AMAZING! Absolutely love it. Super simple to put together, awesome “presentation value”, great flavors, and healthy to boot! Thank you so much for posting!!
I’m trying to incorporate more Paleo recipes into our weekly menu. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be pinning this to try later.
Do you cook the butternut squash, or peel it, prior to putting it in the crockpot?
You do not cook it. You can peel it if you want.
I could not find raw cranberries. Would it be terrible to use dried?
It just won’t be “as clean”. When cranberries come in season maybe you can pick some up and freeze.
Thanks so much! I will definitely do that once they are in season.
This looks amazing. I will be putting it on my grocery list today. What side dish do you recommend serving it with? my husband has to have a side dish with it?
It depends on if you are Paleo or not? I would serve it with rice or quinoa.
What spices do you use?
Listed in the recipe. Cinnamon, Bay Leaf etc.
What is best served with this dish?
You can do quinoa or rice.
We tried this at Thanksgiving…my only modification is that I added a bit more chicken than it called for. To tell you the truth the only flavor I got was the squash. So when leftover time came I added a good bit more cinnamon, some butter, and some maple syrup. That made it great. Also was good with cranberry sauce on the side. My suggestion is to ramp up the spices and add some butter or coconut oil. 🙂 happy eating
I agree more spices and coconut oil will not hurt this recipe!
Do you think I could substitute pumpkin for the butternut squash? I have a few more sugar pumpkins from my garden to use up and we already finished eating all of our butternuts from the Fall.
I think so! Let us know how it works out.
This looks like such an interesting combination of flavors – and I love that it all just goes in the crockpot – will definitely be trying this. Thanks for sharing!
I am currently making this and it looks very “soupy”. I’ve had it on for the alloted amount of time, is there any reason you can think of it would do this?
Has it already cooked?
Substituted green apples for the pears, only because that’s what I had on hand and still went well with the dish. Threw in a sprig of Rosemary as well. Next time I think I will put in whole cloves of garlic.
Thanks for sharing!
Yes it cooked. I just cooked it for a bit longer, close to 10 hours? Tastes fine just wasn’t expecting the consistency. 🙂
Does this need to be stirred during the six to eight hours? Or is it good to go?
No stirring! 🙂
Can I use this as a freezer meal recipe?
We haven’t tried it but I think you could!
This sounds so good!
I would like to see photos of the end result, once cooked. I would not cook it for company unless it’s going to look “pretty.”
It is not going to look pretty 🙂 However it tastes amazing!
I can’t find raw cranberries anywhere right now and I really want to cook this. Any suggestion of what I can use instead of the cranberries?? Thanks!
If you have a Kroger near you they can special order some in for you (normally). An idea may be to try dried cherries or cranraisins but they won’t be paleo. I was thinking pomegranates might work?
I have pomegranates. I’ll give it a try and let you know. Thanks!
Hi, I happened to google paleo chicken and butternut squash tonight cuz I had to use my butternut squash up and had taken chicken out of the freezer only an hour or so ago. Found this recipe and had everything on hand!! Remarkable in itself! Used this in my Instant Pot and it is amazing. Loved the tang of the cranberries and pear! I only wish I had more than 4 chicken thighs!!! Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!!
How long did you cook this recipe in the instant pot? I just received one and am looking for recipes to try.
We just got one and we have lots of Instant Pot recipes coming soon!
Do you think this would work with pork tenderloin as well?
Yes, I do.
I cooked it for almost six hours on low but chicken turned out dry tasting. What did I do wrong?
Did you cook on low or high? Did you use chicken breast or chicken thighs?
Love love love this recipe, have made it so many times in my slow cooker I’ve lost count. Do you have a recommended time for Instant Pot for those days when I forget to load up the slow cooker in the morning?