Christmas Stuffed Chicken Recipe
One of the traditional Christmas recipes in many countries is Stuffed Chicken and so is roast turkey. There are as many recipes for Christmas stuffed chicken as cooks, since each household chooses different ingredients to make the chicken stuffing with. Therefore, at OneHowTo we want to present our version with a step by step guide so that you can learn how to make Christmas stuffed chicken. Hope you like it!
First, note that in order to make any stuffed chicken recipe, you will need the chicken to be gutted and cleaned so that you stuff it with your chosen ingredients inside.
The best thing is to ask your butcher to do it for you, but you can also do it yourself at home with the help of a sharp knife. It will be important to keep the chicken whole and not cut it into pieces, otherwise you will not be able to stuff it.
To start preparing the Christmas chicken stuffing, you have to mix all of your minced meat in a bowl: chicken with pork, pork with beef, pork and bacon... Anything can go!
Add the bread soaked in milk and mix with the meat to form a smooth paste. Then season the meat mixture and add the minced garlic to bring more flavour. If you like, you can also add chopped parsley, although it is optional.
Next, add the dried fruits to the mixture that in our case are: prunes, pine nuts and dried peaches; however, you can choose whichever dry fruit you like best, as they all go well with Christmas chicken stuffing. Keep mixing it well so that they are well spread through the filling.
The next step is peeling the apple and dicing it so you can also add it to the other ingredients in the filling. Finally, pour in a glass of white wine or your favourite liqueur, such as cognac or brandy. The result should be a consistent and homogeneous mixture.
Then, you can season the inside of the chicken and start filling it through the opening that you have used to empty it. You will need to push the filling in for it to fill the whole inside. When closing up the chicken, there are various methods: tying the legs with twine, sewing the chicken, placing it in a mesh or net... Choose the one you prefer, but make sure that the filling won't come out.
Put the chicken on a baking tray and add a little oil on top, and you can also sprinkle some herbs on, like rosemary. Regarding the accompaniment for stuffed Christmas chicken, you can opt for baked potatoes, baked apples or whatever you like.
With the oven preheated to 180ºC, put the tray with the stuffed chicken in the oven and after 10 minutes, lower the temperature to 150°C. To make sure the dish will not be dry, you can baste the chicken as it cooks, with a little bit of the wine or liqueur you used. You will need to bake the chicken for at least 45-60 minutes, checking if it is well browned and cooked.
We hope you enjoy our Christmas stuffed chicken recipe!
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