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Weeknight Chicken and Stuffing

September 7, 2018

Chicken and stuffing, made in minutes with pantry-friendly ingredients — what more could you want from a meal? How about easy cleanup, too. Perfect comfort food for busy families on the go!

Ingredients Makes 6 servings

1 tart-sweet apple (such as Gala, Braeburn or Golden Delicious), 
peeled and very coarsely chopped 1
1 onion, coarsely chopped 1
11⁄4 cups coarsely chopped celery 300 mL
5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, divided 75 mL
11⁄4 tsp dried thyme 6 mL
6 cups plain dry cornbread stuffing (see Tips) 1.5 L
11⁄4 cups ready-to-use chicken broth 300 mL
1 whole chicken (about 4 lbs/2 kg), rinsed, patted dry and cut into 
 10 pieces 1
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
SUGGESTED STIR-INS
1⁄2 cup dried cranberries, chopped 125 mL
1⁄2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley 125 mL

Instructions

Prep
  • Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C)
  • 18- by 13-inch (45 by 33 cm) rimmed sheet pan, lined with foil and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray
  1. On prepared pan, toss together apple, onion, celery, 3 tbsp (45 mL) butter and thyme. Spread in a single layer. Roast in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove pan from oven and stir apple mixture. Stir in cornbread stuffing. Pour broth over top, stirring until absorbed. Spread out evenly over pan.
  3. Brush chicken with the remaining butter. Moving stuffing mixture aside to make room, add chicken to pan, spacing evenly. Season stuffing and chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for 25 to 35 minutes or until stuffing is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the thickest chicken piece registers 165°F (74°C). If desired, stir cranberries and/or parsley into stuffing.
Look for packages (14 to 16 oz/398 to 500 g) of cornbread stuffing in the bread section of the supermarket. An equal amount of torn crusty, rustic-style bread or dry crumbled cornbread can be used in place of the cornbread stuffing. If the stuffing is browned before the chicken is done, loosely cover the entire sheet pan with foil.

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