Cook2 hrs 45 mins
This method can be used for roast chicken or turkey. It turns out a lovely moist delicious bird with a tasty stuffing and gravy.
- 1 (120 g) box chicken flavor stuffing mix
- 1 1⁄4 cups hot water (hot tap water is ok)
- 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
- 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and rough chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 -2 tablespoon poultry seasoning, to taste
- 1 (5 lb) chicken (fresh or frozen, thawed) or 1 (5 lb) turkey (fresh or frozen, thawed)
- salt & fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 1⁄4 cup butter, softened
- aluminum foil
- chicken giblets
- water, to cover
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 3 -4 tablespoons flour or 3 -4 tablespoons cornstarch
- hot water, to thin if necessary
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Empty contents of stuffing box, both the bread crumb and seasoning envelopes, into a medium bowl.
- Add hot water and butter; stir to mix.
- Add chopped water chestnuts, onion and poultry seasoning, mix thoroughly and set aside.
- Check inside the chicken for giblets, remove and set aside.
- Rinse chicken inside and out with cold running water.
- Dry thoroughly inside and out with paper towel.
- Sprinkle salt and fresh ground pepper inside the cavity and all over the outside.
- Place chicken in a roaster.
- Loosely pack the stuffing mix into the main cavity and any left into the neck cavity folding the skin over it.
- If necessary secure the neck skin with a pick.
- Take a length of kitchen string and tie the ends of the legs as close together as possible.
- Rub the butter all over the outside of the chicken making sure to cover the whole outside surface.
- Take two lengths of aluminum foil, place one piece over the chicken lengthwise, take the other piece and place it sideways over the first piece.
- Tuck the foil tightly to the chicken so it is touching the bottom of the roaster but not under the bird.
- If the bird is not completely covered (except for the underside) Use a third piece to finish covering.
- Place the roaster on the middle rack of the oven and roast at 400f degrees for 15 minutes.
- Reduce the heat after 15 minutes to 350f degrees and roast for approximately 2 hours.
- At about 2 hours, carefully lift the aluminum foil and poke the chicken with a fork, if the juice runs clear, remove the foil and roast a further 30 minutes to brown the skin to golden.
- If the juice is not yet clear, roast a little longer and check again.
- Once the chicken is well browned, remove to platter, cover with foil and let rest.
- In the meantime, if you wish to make giblet gravy, take the giblets (and neck if it's there), place in a saucepan, cover with water, add salt and pepper and a little poultry seasoning if you wish, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour.
- Remove to strainer, reserving liquid.
- Chop the giblets and pick any meat off neck bones, add to a blender and add the liquid.
- Blend to liquefy level, add 3 or 4 tablespoons flour or corn starch and blend to mix well.
- Pour off as much fat as possible from the roaster, take a whisk and move up any bits and pieces of stuffing/chicken stuck to the bottom, remove any large pieces of skin, add the giblet mix from the blender, whisk around; place in 450°F to 500°F degree oven until bubbly, about 10 minutes; add a small amount of hot water if necessary if it is too thick until it is the consistancy you want, cook another 5 minutes.
- (We like ours very thick) Whisk and pour into gravy boat and serve hot with the roast chicken.
- Gravy can also be made without the giblets, just whisk up the brown bits in the roaster and add 1 cup of hot water and make a slurry of cold water and either flour or corn starch, add the slurry and whisk, cook the same as above adding a little more water if necessary.