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Potato-Stuffed Roast Chicken Recipe

Potato-Stuffed Roast Chicken

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 large Yukon Gold potato (about 11 ounces), peeled
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • Fresh herbs, roasted garlic, or other flavorings (optional)
  • 1 roasting chicken (3 to 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Grate the potatoes coarsely using the large holes on your favorite grater. Wrap the potatoes in some cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel and wring out as much liquid as possible.
  2. Melt the butter in your largest cast iron skillet over medium heat (you'll be using this skillet to cook your chicken, so just make sure the chicken fits). Add the grated potato, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper (or to taste). Stir gently and cook for exactly 2 minutes, then transfer the potatoes to a plate and let them cool.
  3. When the pan has cooled, wipe it out with a paper towel; you'll be using it again.
  4. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and heat to 400 degrees. The chicken needs to fit in the pan on that rack, so make sure it fits - ovens are not all the same, and you don't want the chicken bumping the top of the oven.
  5. Now it's time to wrangle the chicken. Place it on your work surface with the breast side up and the legs facing you. slide your fingers under the skin and start moving it from side to side to release the skin from the breast meat. You want it completely loose from front to back. If you like, you can spin the bird around and work at it from the opposite side. Try not to tear the skin.
  6. If you're adding fresh herbs or other flavorings to the potato mixture, mix them in now. A teaspoon of fresh herbs should be fine, or add what you like to taste. Stuff the potatoes into the space between the loosened skin and breast meat. Try to get it in somewhat evenly, then massage the outside skin of the chicken to get those potatoes into an even layer all across the breast.
  7. Rub the chicken with the olive oil and season with as much of the remaining salt and pepper as you like.
  8. Heat the cast iron pan on medium heat. When the skillet is hot, place the chicken breast-side down in the pan and press it gently against the bottom of the pan. Hold it while it browns lightly - about 3 minutes.
  9. Flip the chicken over onto its back in the pan and place it in the oven. Cook at 400 degrees (yes, that's correct) for 50-60 minutes, until it reaches your desired cooking temperature. These days, 155-160 degrees is accepted. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest in the pan for 10 minutes.
  10. Carve the chicken as desired. The best thing to do with the breasts is to carefully remove them from the chicken bones and cut each breast into 3 or 4 large pieces for serving.

Source: Cookistry

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Potato-Stuffed Roast Chicken Recipe Potato-Stuffed Roast Chicken Recipe Reviewed by Jarvis Mann on 1:38 PM Rating: 5

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