Jen’s Grilled Maple Mustard Chicken and Spiced Acorn Squash

Grilled maple mustard chicken. Spiced acorn squash is perfect with it. I love how the smoky flavor compliments it so beautifully. Hope you love it!

Jen’s Grilled Maple Mustard Chicken and Spiced Acorn Squash

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2 acorn squash
Cut in half and remove all the seeds. A grapefruit spoon is great for this. If you’d like, take a sliver off the bottom center of each, so they can sit without rocking.
Brush with a little bit of butter, and grill flesh side down for 5 minutes. Flip them green peel down. Sprinkle each half with:
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Grill til softened and lovely, around 25 minutes, but that’ll depend on the size of your squash. Brush with a little more butter.
Optional, but lovely – Add 1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar or maple syrup to each.

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts – there were 3 huge breasts in my pack, so I cut them in half to make 6 thinner cutlets
Olive oil
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Brush with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 2 minutes. Flip and baste:
¼ cup mustard (I’m using Maille Dijon with lots of seeds. Use your favorite!)
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 ½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Grill for 2 more minutes. Flip and check the temp. They’re done when they hit an internal temp of 165 degrees F.

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