Brined Roast Stuffed Chicken with Spinach
8 lb. chicken
For the Brine:
¼ cup salt
¼ cup sugar
1 tbs. curry powder
1 tbs. garlic powder
1 tbs. ground cumin
1 tbs. chili powder
Clean the chicken. Place chicken in a pot and add the ingredients for the brine. Fill with just enough water to cover the chicken. Cover the pot and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour or up to overnight.
When ready, remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry. Place the chicken on a wire rack in a baking pan and gently loosen the skin from the meat to ready the chicken for the stuffing.
For the Stuffing:
4 cups bread crumbs – homemade or Italian style
5 cloves of garlic – chopped
10 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach
¼ cup Italian parsley – chopped
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 apple – peeled and diced
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
Olive oil for drizzling
Let the spinach defrost and place in a colander. Squeeze any excess water from the spinach. Heat a large frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil and
place the bread crumbs in the pan to get a golden color. Add the garlic and sauté another minute. Remove from the heat and add the parsley, apple and the drained spinach. Add the seasonings and the Parmesan cheese and toss.
Let cool a minute and gently stuff the mixture under the skin of the chicken, pushing the stuffing as far as you can under the skin.
Rub for the Chicken:
1 tsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
½ tsp chili powder
1 tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. ground cumin
Juice of one lemon
Drizzle of olive oil
Combine all of the seasonings in a small bowl. Add the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive
oil to make a paste.
Rub this mixture all over the skin. Bake 350 degrees: 20 minutes per pound or until the juices run clear from the thigh. Let the chicken rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.
This is a wonderful way to spruce up a chicken dinner.
Enjoy with Love,
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