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Roast Chicken with Outside Stuffing

Roast Chicken with Outside Stuffing

This aromatic, apple-basted chicken is a delicious spin on the everyday. A sweet potato and apple stuffing only enhances the chicken’s flavour. This is a perfect fall meal, particularly on those chilly late autumn days.

Ingredients

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 5 lb (2.3 kg) roasting chicken
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) pepper
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) thyme, dried
  • 2 sweet potatoes, large, peeled and cubed
  • 2 green apples, firm, cored and quartered
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) ginger, ground
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • 2 - 3 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) water
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) apple jelly
  • 1 1/4 cup (315 mL) apple juice

Instructions

  1. Remove chicken giblets and neck; use to make stock if desired. Sprinkle half salt, pepper and thyme over chicken. Tie legs down to chicken; tuck tail inside cavity; bend wings over back.

  2. Place chicken breast-side-up on rack in roasting pan. Roast in 400°F (200°C) oven for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F (175°C), cover chicken loosely with foil and continue roasting about 45 minutes.

  3. In a large casserole, combine sweet potatoes, apples, brown sugar, ginger and cinnamon; dot with butter. Cover tightly, place in oven with chicken, and continue cooking for about 45 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, remove excess fat from pan juices. Stir in remaining salt, pepper, thyme and apple juice. Combine flour and water, add juice mixture and cook until thickened. Spoon sweet potato-apple mixture around chicken and serve with apple gravy.

  5. In saucepan, melt apple jelly. During last 20 minutes of chicken roasting time, remove foil and brush chicken with jelly. Continue basting chicken with pan juices until nicely glazed and chicken is cooked. Chicken is cooked when internal temperature reaches 180°F (82°C) or until juices run clear and fork can be inserted in chicken with ease. Remove chicken, place on large platter and keep warm.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 400 g serving Amount
  • Calories 730
  • Protein 49 g
  • Fat 47 g
  • Saturated Fat 14 g
  • Carbohydrate 26 g
  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sugar 17 g
  • Cholesterol 210 mg
  • Sodium 370 mg
  • Per 400 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 22
  • Calcium 4
  • Iron 20
  • Vitamin A 140
  • Vitamin C 30
  • Vitamin B6 56
  • Vitamin B12 44
  • Folate 12
  • Magnesium 13
  • Zinc 35

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