A baked whole chicken with stuffing is a simple yet crowd-pleasing main dish. By changing the stuffing recipe, the flavor and character of the dish can be continually transformed so that it never gets old.


Things You'll Need

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Arrange bread cubes in baking pans and toast them in the oven, 10 to 15 minutes.

Mix the garlic salt, black pepper, dried onion, tarragon, and parsley flakes in a large mixing bowl. Add oil and mix.

Add toasted bread cubes into the mixing bowl and toss to coat with spices. Pour in chicken broth and mix thoroughly.

Remove any organs still in the chicken; they’re usually in a paper envelope.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stuff the chicken with the stuffing. Transfer chicken to a roasting pan and place in the oven.

Bake the stuffed chicken, 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. Measure the internal temperature of the chicken with a meat thermometer—it should be 175 degrees Fahrenheit when done. A good rule of thumb is to roast the chicken 20 minutes per pound.

Tips

  • Experiment with different stuffing recipes every time.
  • Add salt, pepper, and spices to the outside of the chicken to complement the stuffing.
  • For very moist meat, add several strips of bacon to the top of the chicken.
  • Add a little more chicken broth for a moister stuffing, or less for a more drier stuffing.