L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many recipe articles. She has a keen interest in creating delicious recipes and dinner ideas.
Homemade Stuffing Recipe
I always make my own stuffing because it tastes better and I can add in the extra ingredients that I like. I will give the basic recipe for my stuffing here and you too can add as much or as little of your favorite extra ingredients.
Free Range Chicken
When I buy the meat I always prefer to buy free range if I can afford it. This is a personal choice as I believe the way farmers breed and farm chickens and turkeys in these battery farms are inhumane and cruel beyond belief.
But I know the meat is a lot more expensive. This stuffed chicken recipe works just the same for free range poultry as it does for that bought from the more intensive farming methods.
Chicken Breast Recipe With Stuffing
This is an easy stuffed, boneless, and skinless chicken breast recipe. I have also included my homemade stuffing recipe to accompany your roast chicken dinner. I show you how to cook chicken breasts in the oven with these step-by-step instructions, videos, and my own photos.
Yield: 8 portions
- 9 large chicken breast pieces
- 1 large uncut white bread loaf (800g); bought the day before, opened to let it go stale.
- 400 grams breadcrumbs
- 4 large onions
- 40 grams fresh parsley
- 1/2 gram dried mixed herbs
- 454 grams butter or margarine
Step 1: Prepare the Stuffing Mix
- Turn on the oven to preheat as you prepare the homemade stuffing.
- Break up the uncut white loaf into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Add the packet of breadcrumbs and mix in well.
- Cut a large bunch of the parsley into small pieces and add to the breadcrumbs.
- Add a tablespoon of dried mixed herbs. Mix in well.
Step 2: Prepare the Onions
- Peel and cut three of the onions in to very small pieces.
- Melt some butter in a pot and add the onions a few at a time. Cook on a very low heat until the onions are soft and have turned slightly brown.
- Add the cooked onions to the stuffing mixture and blend in well.
- Melt a few nobs of butter in the same pot and add to the stuffing.
- Add any other optional ingredients at this stage. This can be small amount of sausage meat, nuts, peppers, etc.
- My favorite is tomatoes. I also cut in to very small pieces two medium-sized tomatoes and add to the breadcrumbs.
- Season the stuffing to your taste with salt and pepper.
Step 3: Combine the Stuffing and Meat
- Cut up the last onion into medium pieces and melt in the pot with some butter.
- Get you roasting dish ready by adding a large piece of tin foil.
- Add the onion that has been just cooked to the bottom of this dish. Spread evenly.
- Take out the chicken or turkey pieces and put on top of the onions in the dish.
- Then add the stuffing directly on top of the chicken or turkey breasts. Close up the tin foil.
Step 4: Cook in the Oven
- Put the dish in the preheated oven on the top shelf.
- Leave on the highest heat for 10 minutes and then lower down to 200 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
- Remove from the oven. The stuffing on top will be well done. You need to stir this around in order to evenly distribute all the juices from the meat.
- Put back in oven for 15 minutes with the tin foil top open. This allows for the stuffing to get a nice crispy finish.
- Take out of the oven and test the chicken portions to see if they are cooked by piercing with a knife. If it goes straight through then it is cooked.
Step 5: Let It Rest Before Serving
- Leave the cooked roast chicken in the dish. It is always better for flavour if any meat is left for at least 15 minutes before being served.
- Prepare the potatoes and vegetables for the main meal.
- Serve up and enjoy.
How to Freeze Fresh Parsley
I usually buy the parsley fresh because the taste is so much nicer. Fresh parsley is also a lot cheaper. It can be bought in packets or as a small plant. If you buy the plant then it will last longer and stay fresh for a few weeks. But I find any left over parsley is easy to freeze. Once your dinner is in the oven get the remaining parsley and cut up in to small pieces. Separate in to workable amounts. Put in a bag and freeze.
The next time you need parsley it is there ready for you, washed, clean and cut up. I find if I cook too much stuffing for a recipe that I made that day then it always freezes very well. It should be cooked though as raw onions do not freeze and left to go cold. Separate into workable portions and store in a bag. Put in the freezer. The extra stuffing can then be used for other recipes when needed.
As you can see from the step by step instructions above this recipe makes a delicious main dish for any family dinner. The roast chicken does not take long to cook. This dish is also a great meal that can be prepared in advance or in bulk and stored in the freezer too.
Roast Chicken Breast Recipe
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 06, 2018:
Hello Kristen, yes chicken is a very healthy meat to cook. It is really delicious with homemade stuffing.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 18, 2017:
This is a real easy recipe that anyone can do and enjoy. I would love to try this out next year. Thanks for sharing.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 09, 2012:
This roast chicken and home made stuffing is really worth the effort. Thank you everyone for taking the time to leave a comment and for those for sharing my recipe.
cebutouristspot good luck with the recipe I am sure it will turn out great!
cebutouristspot from Cebu on February 18, 2012:
I will surely try this out. Wish me luck and hope it come out good
JR Krishna from India on February 18, 2012:
Great recipe! Voted up as useful
Thanks for SHARING:)
Kitty Fields from Summerland on October 28, 2011:
Great recipe hub, really! Voted up and awesome.
BethanRose from South Wales on October 28, 2011:
A great hub with equally great photos.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on October 26, 2011:
I do love my own version of homemade stuffing. A lot of people put in too many herbs and some add sausage meat which I dislike. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.
One of my favorite meals is turkey and stuffing so it is nice to be able to make my own
Christine from Dublin on October 25, 2011:
That looks so yummy you have made me hungry looking at it. I have allways wanted to know how to do homemade stuffing, that's a million for the information. Another great hub Viking, well done again ...
Garlic Angel :-)
Dr Kulsum Mehmood from Nagpur, India on April 07, 2011:
Simply wonderful. Extremely nice hub.
TajSingh from United Kingdom on April 05, 2011:
Excellent hub! I like the detailed and step by step instructions.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 02, 2011:
Thank you for reading.
prairieprincess: Yes it is a lovely dinner to have during the week. It really does not take that long to cook and is so easy to freeze.
tlpoague: I agree with you totally, homecooked meals are always best for taste, hygiene and price.
Tammy from USA on April 02, 2011:
This looks fabulous! There is nothing better than a homecooked meal made from scratch. Congrats on the contest!
Sharilee Swaity from Canada on April 01, 2011:
Wow! Congrats on the mention for the contest. I agree: this is amazing! This sounds absolutely delicious, and I definitely want to try this sometime. It's like a little piece of Christmas Dinner, but with a lot less work. Thanks for sharing!
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 01, 2011:
Thanks for reading my hub and your comment, I appreciate it.
Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 01, 2011:
Wow. This might be the best recipe Hub I've seen on HubPages... ever. And I have read thousands. I.... just don't know what else to say. T__________T