Chicken with Potato Stuffing
Meet the Cook: This is a great Sunday meal or "company dish" - as long as you're prepared with second helpings! My husband and I have two sons...3 and almost 1. We live in the country. He is a large-animal veterinarian; I give music lessons. -Carla Kreider, Quarryville, Pennsylvania
Total TimePrep: 45 min. Bake: 2-1/4 hours
- 6 medium red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 pound Italian sausage links
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 teaspoons dried parsley flakes, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 2-3/4 teaspoons dried thyme, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 roasting chicken (7 to 7-1/2 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 cup water
- Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until almost tender; drain and set aside. Cook the sausage in boiling water for 10 minutes; drain. Halve each sausage lengthwise, then cut into 1/2-in. pieces.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and stir potatoes, sausage and onion in butter until sausage is browned and onion is tender. Add 2 teaspoons parsley, salt, rosemary, 3/4 teaspoon thyme and pepper.
- Stuff the chicken with the potato mixture. Place the remaining stuffing in a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish; cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.
- Place chicken in a roasting pan breast side up; brush with oil and sprinkle with remaining parsley and thyme. Add water to pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 2-1/4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in stuffing reads 165° and a thermometer inserted in the thigh reads 180°.
- Bake stuffing in the baking dish for 45 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned. Remove chicken from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before removing stuffing and carving. Skim fat and thicken pan drippings for gravy if desired. Serve with chicken and stuffing.