A whole turkey isn’t always the best choice for everyone’s holiday table. They may be hard to find in markets this year, or very expensive if you can find one. Or, maybe you just don’t need a 20-pound bird to feed your guests and would rather avoid the stress of dealing with it. Luckily, chicken is an easy, cost-efficient swap that looks just as festive as a centerpiece of your meal.
How to Dress and Stuff a Chicken Like a Thanksgiving Turkey
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Tip: Roast unstuffed chicken for 1 hour 20 minutes, until golden-brown and a meat thermometer reads 165°F.
- 1 (5-6 pound) whole chicken
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 4-5 cups stove top stuffing, prepared, or homemade stuffing
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with a wire rack or aluminum foil. Remove giblets and neck from cavity of chicken. Rub butter over chicken and under skin. Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Spoon stuffing into cavity of chicken. Tie chicken legs together and tuck wing tips underneath body. Place chicken breast-side-up on prepared baking sheet.
- Roast, until golden-brown and a meat thermometer reads 165°F for chicken and stuffing, about 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.
- Remove from oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving.
- Recipe: Dish Works
- Photo: BigStock