Roast Chicken with Lemon, Pistachio & Cranberry Stuffing

Roast Chicken with Lemon, Pistachio & Cranberry Stuffing

  • Preparation time

    30 mins
  • Cook time

    2 hrs
  • Serves 4

A unique take on a classic main dish, our recipe for Roast Chicken with Lemon, Pistachio & Cranberry Stuffing takes the traditional roast chicken and adds a combination of Middle Eastern-inspired flavours.

Dietary Information

Dietary and nutritional info supplied by NZ Nutrition Foundation.

Ingredients

  • Chicken - 1.3 - 1.5 kg
  • Olive oil - 2 Tbsp

Stuffing Balls

  • Butter, melted - 200 g
  • Garlic cloves, minced - 3
  • Red onion, finely chopped - 1
  • Sourdough bread, roughly torn or chopped - 250 g
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Egg, whisked - 1
  • Parsley, roughly chopped - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander, roughly chopped - 1/4 cup
  • Cranberries, roughly chopping (45g) - 1/3 cup
  • Pistachios, roughly chopped (60g) - 1/2 cup
  • Zest of 2 lemons

Method

  1. Pre-heat an oven to 180°C.

  2. Begin making the stuffing balls by heating about two tablespoons of the melted butter into a frying pan, and fry the garlic and onion until soft and translucent.

  3. Transfer to a large bowl along with the remaining stuffing ball ingredients (including remaining butter) and mix to combine.

  4. Roll into balls and place on a baking tray. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm up.

  5. Place the chicken into a baking tray. Pour 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over the chicken and place in the oven. Roast as per packet instructions (approx 100 minutes).

  6. With half an hour of the cooking time to go, drizzle the stuffing balls with the remaining olive oil and put into the oven.

  7. Continue to cook the chicken until cooked through and until the stuffing balls are golden brown and crispy. To check the chicken, insert a sharp knife into the inner thigh and if the juices run clear it is ready.

  8. Carve the meat and serve with the stuffing balls.

PER SERVE Energy 3494.1Kj • Protein 52.1g • Total Fat 57g • Saturated Fat 26.1g • Carbohydrates 27.5g • Sugars 9.8g • Sodium 421.6mg

Dietary and nutritional info supplied by NZ Nutrition Foundation.