Roast chicken with lemon and parsley stuffing

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Roast chicken with stuffing balls
Roast chicken with stuffing balls
  • Serves: 4-6

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Woman's Weekly recipe Cooking a roast chicken for your Sunday dinner? You should try this flavoursome recipe for roast chicken with stuffing balls. The stuffing add great flavour to the chicken making it succulent and delicious. Serve with roast potatoes and gravy.


  • 1 medium chicken (approx. 1.5kg)
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 3-4 sprigs of thyme
  • 1-2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
For the stuffing balls:
  • 125g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 3-4 level tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 level tbsp freshly chopped thyme
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 1 medium egg

Don't forget to check the temperature of your chicken - it must be above 72C


  1. Set the oven to 190C/325F/Gas Mark 5. Season the cavity of the chicken with salt and pepper, then place the lemon wedges and thyme inside. Rub the olive oil over the skin of the chicken.
  2. Put the onion and carrots in the roasting tin, place the chicken on top and season.
  3. To make the stuffing, place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together, then form into 6 balls. Chill them while the chicken is cooking.
  4. Place the chicken in the centre of the oven and cook for 1 hour, then put the stuffing balls around the chicken and cook for a further 20-30 mins, or until the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced in the thickest part, and the stuffing balls have started to turn golden. For a more accurate check, use a probe thermometer and make sure the temperature is above 70C.
  5. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and transfer chicken, stuffing balls and vegetables to a hot serving plate, cover loosely with foil and leave in a warm place for the meat to rest. Even though the chicken isnt in the oven, it will continue to rise in temperature and should reach at least 72C. To freeze: Pack leftover chicken into freezer bags when cold and freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 522(kcal)
  • Fat 47.0g
  • Saturates 11.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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