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Roasted Chicken with Sausage Stuffing

This roasted chicken not only has a down-home country flavor. It's attractive as well. Friends and family are always impressed when I put this on the table.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 cups unseasoned stuffing croutons
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion, celery and red pepper in butter until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender; do not drain.
  • Place croutons in a large bowl; add sausage mixture. Stir in the parsley, tarragon, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir in enough broth until stuffing is moistened and holds together.
  • Just before baking, loosely stuff chicken. Place with breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Pour 1/2 cup broth around chicken.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until a thermometer reads 180° for chicken and 165° for stuffing, basting occasionally with pan juices.
Nutrition Facts
14 ounce-weight: 735 calories, 42g fat (13g saturated fat), 199mg cholesterol, 967mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 63g protein.

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  • Nanette
    Mar 8, 2017

    This was really good! I used Italian chicken sausage & removed the casing. I also made my own croutons & used about 6 cups. Very good with the gravy.

  • mjm9660
    Nov 24, 2010

    I made this and then put it on my grill/smoker. The smoky flavor that the stuffing had was awesome. It will be my "dressing" from now on.