Stuffed Roast Chicken

18 Nov

So….i’ve been on quite a cooking spree – I love the feeling it gives me and putting together a whole bunch of random stuff together to give a final amazing, tasty and semi-healthy meal. Also the great cheer I get from willing eaters 🙂

So….here goes. Stuffed roast chicken. Here is the basic recipe that a friend of mine sent over, but I added quite a bit more for flavoring.

Chicken:

2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons olive oil
1.5kg whole chicken

Stuffing:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion chopped finely
1/2 cup (100g) White calrose rice (or another short grain rice)
1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
2 tablespoons silvered almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons raisins, chopped finely
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

1) whisk yogurt, honey and oil in a small bowl until combined
2) wash the chicken under cold water, pat dry, tuck wings under the chicken, fill cavity with stuffing, secure with toothpicks, tie legs together using kitchen string, place the chicken in oiled wire rack over baking dish, brush the chicken with some of the yogurt mixture, bake uncovered, in moderate oven for 30 minutes.
3) brush chicken with yogurt mixture, cover with foil, bake for 1 hour, brushing chicken with he yogurt mixture once more during cooking. Remove foil towards end of cooking time to allow chicken skin to brown.

Stuffing:
Heat oil in small saucepan, cook onion, stirring until browned lightly. Add rice, stir until rice is coated in onion mixture, stir in stock, bring to boil, simmer, covered for 12 minutes. Remove from heat; stand, covered, 10 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients.

I added:

Garlic (and lot’s of it) – at least 3 cloves to the stuffing mixture, I also added rosemary and some chili for a kick. I seasoned it with salt and pepper. I also made ‘stuffing muffins’ with the leftover stuffing which consisted of me making little balls out of the stuffing, dipping it in egg white then breadcrumbs then putting it in the oven for 20 mins on a greased baking tray. They were delicious.
Enjoy! 🙂

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