Yankee Girl's Southern Roast Chicken With Cornbread Stuffing

Recipe by Loves2Teach
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 5
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Rinse chicken, remove excess fat from around the cavity and pat dry.
  • Rub inside and outside of chicken with one teaspoon Old Bay seasoning and set aside.
  • Spread corn bread pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until they dry out a bit – not much longer than that.
  • Combine onion, celery, fresh herbs, pepper, olive oil and 1 teaspoon of the Old Bay seasoning in a mixing bowl.
  • When the cornbread crumbs are toasted enough, dump the hot bread into the celery onion mixture and combine.
  • Place the chicken in the bottom of a small roasting pan that has a cover.
  • Stuff the cavity and the sides of the chicken with the stuffing – you need to separate the skin a bit from the sides to get the stuffing in next to the leg/thigh pieces – also stuff some into the neck cavity.
  • Tie the legs together to hold the stuffing in with kitchen twine.
  • Drizzle the chicken with oil, sprinkle with salt and a little more Old Bay if you like.
  • Cover the pan and roast at 350 for about 1 and 1/2 hours, then uncover, insert a thermometer close to the leg/thigh joint without touching the bone- you're looking for it to read 180 degrees- it will be very close at this point.
  • Roast a little longer uncovered until chicken is nicely browned and the thermometer reads 180 degrees.
  • Allow the chicken to rest about 10 to 15 minutes before carving- this step keeps it juicy.
  • Enjoy.
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