Recipe for the best Stuffed Chicken with a lemony gravy – serve this during the upcoming festive season to impress your family and friends.

1 x 100 g packet Ina Paarman’s Sage & Onion Poultry Stuffing
1 cup (250 ml) boiling water
3 T (45 ml) butter or olive oil

1 large fresh free range chicken
2-3 t (10-15 ml) Ina Paarman’s Chicken Spice
1 onion, chopped
1 x 200 ml Ina Paarman’s Lemon & Herb Coat and Cook Sauce
3/4 cup (187 ml) water
1/2 cup (125 ml) cream

How to
Preheat the oven to 180C. Place the Stuffing mix into a smallish mixing bowl, add boiling water and butter. Stir with a fork until nicely blended. Leave to stand for 5 minutes to allow the breadcrumbs to swell.

Rinse the chicken under the cold tap. Remove excess fat from the inside. Pat dry. Season the inside of the chicken lightly with some Chicken Spice. Spoon the stuffing mixture into the cavity of the chicken and tie the drumsticks and wings with cotton string or raffia. Season the outside.

Sprinkle the chopped onion over the base of a medium size ovenproof dish. Position the chicken on top of the onion, breast side up. Pour 3/4 cup of water in on the side of the dish.

Roast the chicken open for 1 hour.

Mix the Lemon & Herb Sauce with the cream and pour all over the chicken. Roast for a further 30 minutes until the skin is nice and crispy and the juices run clear when you pierce the thickest part of the thigh deeply with a fork.

Remove the chicken from the dish and leave it to rest for 10 minutes while finishing off the gravy.

Place a double layer of paper kitchen towel lightly over the remaining sauce in the dish to blot off the excess fat. Discard the paper towel. Carve the chicken and serve each guest with some chicken, some stuffing and a generous helping of lemon gravy.

By: Ina Paarman

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