Chicken quarters roasted with golden squash and sage are nice for a chilly autumn evening. To help the squash to brown evenly, be sure to spoon off the fat from the roasting pan after removing the breasts. This is a case where less is more: A thin layer of fat will brown the vegetable better than a quarter-inch of it.Plus: More Chicken Recipes and Tips
• Instead of the butternut, use your favorite winter squash, such as acorn or Hubbard—or, to be really Italian, try pumpkin.
• Replace the chicken quarters with halved Cornish hens.
This winter-weight dish calls for a simple but robust red, and the sturdy Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, with its roasted-berry flavor, is just right. Best of all, it's among the least expensive of all Italian reds.