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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.
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 min


5 lb roasting chicken
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp thyme, dried
2 sweet potatoes, large, peeled and cubed
2 green apples, firm, cored and quartered
1 tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp ginger, ground
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp butter
2 - 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
¼ cup water
¼ cup apple jelly
1 ¼ cup apple juice

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  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
Protein49 g
Fat47 g
Saturated Fat14 g
Carbohydrate26 g
Fibre2 g
Sugar17 g
Cholesterol210 mg
Sodium370 mg
Per 400 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A140
Vitamin C30
Vitamin B656
Vitamin B1244