Monday, November 26, 2012

Chicken and Stuffing

Chicken and Stuffing
As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter here in the Northeast I find myself migrating toward recipes that are comfy, cozy and homey.  Chicken and stuffing as a name for this recipe really doesn't do it justice.  The chicken is moist, tender and very flavorful because it is cooked on the bone.  The stuffing is moist and filled with the flavors of herbs, onion and celery.  Bringing the two together is the mushroom and wine sauce made from that old standby, cream of mushroom soup.  Don't judge me, now!  You know you have some in your pantry for dishes just like this one.

The great thing about a recipe like this one besides its homey deliciousness is that it can easily be scaled to serve a few more, or many more.  It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and an hour to bake.  That means it won't work as a last minute weeknight dinner, but consider adding it to your menu rotation for the days when you have a little extra time.

Chicken and Stuffing
Serves 4-6

Chicken and Stuffing Ingredients
  • Bone-in chicken pieces, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 large package herb seasoned stuffing mix
  • 2 stalks celery. chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup white wine, your choice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Heat the butter and vegetable oil together in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and add to the hot pan, skin side down.  Leave the chicken in place to brown, about 5 minutes.  Once browned, remove the chicken to a plate. 

Brown the Chicken then Start the Stuffing

Add the onion and celery to the same pan in which you browned the chicken.  Cook the onion and celery until soft and tender, about 5 minutes.  Add the stuffing mix to the pan with the onion and celery, stirring to combine.  Add the chicken broth, stirring to combine.  You'll want the stuffing mix to be moist.  If necessary, add a little water.
The Stuffing

Mix together the mushroom soup and wine.  Set aside.  Place the chicken pieces skin side up in a baking dish.  Pour the mushroom and wine mixture over the chicken pieces. 
The Mushroom Sauce is Thick and Yummy

Top the chicken with the stuffing mixture. 
Chicken and Stuffing Ready for the Oven

Cover the baking dish with foil and place in the oven to bake for one hour.  Remove from the oven and let sit for about ten minutes.  Serve with your favorite vegetables.

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Get the printable Chicken and Stuffing recipe.



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