Stuffed Chicken With Rice

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Stuffed Chicken With Rice – A Delicious, Mouth Watering Recipe For Any Meal. Follow The Recipe Below

Stuffed Chicken With Rice is a traditional Turkish recipe for stuffed chicken breast. It’s served under a red sauce and has a delicious taste and is easy to prepare!

Roasted Rice Stuffed Whole Chicken

There are few things in life as good as flavorsome Roasted Rice Stuffed Whole Chicken! This recipe is a newfound favorite and boasts wonderfully balanced aromatics and herbs. And what’s even better is that the pan drippings can be used to make a delicious gravy!

Stuffed whole chicken has a special place among all our chicken recipes. It is the star of any special dinner occasion. We serve it with a big bowl of shepherd salad and with several mezzes and dips on the side.

Roasted rice stuffed whole chicken on a wooden cutting board, lemon slices and a bunch of parsley on the side.

Everybody loves chicken, but that doesn’t mean it cannot get better! Our recipe uses delicious vegetables, herbs, and spices to create a mouth-watering roast chicken stuffing. It will be the new talk of the town! And with any leftovers, if you’re lucky enough to have some, you can shred it to make a delicious low carb chicken salad, or no mayo chicken salad with avocado.

Today, we will look at exactly how to roast a stuffed whole chicken. We will also include some alternative flavors you can experiment with and answer a bunch of very frequently asked questions surrounding chicken.

Ingredients

This is a roasted whole chicken recipe with a rice stuffing. With this recipe, it’s like we are cooking a main course and a side dish at the same time in one pan. Love that kind of meals!

Raw whole chicken in a pan, garlic cloves, paprika, salt, black pepper and butter in separate bowls on a wooden board.
Rice, garlic, chopped red and green bell peppers, herbs, spices on a wooden board and on a dark background.

So we have two lists of ingredients. First one is for the chicken and the second list for the stuffing.

We use a marinade mixture with butter and spices to coat the raw chicken, which helps the chicken get golden and crisp on the outside and moist and soft on the inside.

As for the stuffing, we use rice, herbs, spices, onion, garlic and red and green bell peppers. This is such a great combination of flavors that one can eat it on its own for lunch or dinner. It is very similar to our spicy rice pilaf with raisins and pine nuts, which is super tasty as well.

How To Make 

This whole roasted stuffed chicken is on its way to becoming one of our favorite recipes ever! It has extremely crispy skin, moist juicy flesh, and wonderfully well-balanced and interesting flavors.

Marinade with butter and spices in a white bowl and a raw whole chicken in a pan on a wooden board.
Whole chicken coated with spiced butter marinade in a white oval pan.

First, make the marinade. Combine all of the marinade ingredients and whisk well. Coat the whole chicken with marinade and place it in a tightly wrapped bowl or container to rest in the fridge for 3 hours.

Finely chopped red and green peppers and onion in a white pan.
Rice and vegetables in a white pan.

Second, make the rice stuffing. Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the onions and peppers. Once they are translucent, add the rice and salt. Fry them for about 2-3 minutes before adding the black pepper, cinnamon, and lemon juice.

Rice, veggies and water in a white pan to cook chicken stuffing.
Rice stuffing with spices and herbs in a glass bowl, a wooden spoon inside it.

 Add the water and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and allow the rice to simmer until all of the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped parsley and mint

Third, prepare the chicken for stuffing. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and brush the pan with butter. Stuff the chicken with the rice filling and place it in the pan. Tie together the chicken legs to prevent the stuffing from falling out.

Fourth, bake the chicken. Lower the heat to 375°F (190°C) and bake the chicken for 1 hour 15 minutes. Brush the chicken with the juices and marinade every 30 minutes until the whole chicken has been fully cooked.

Roasted rice stuffed whole chicken is cut in the middle on a wooden board.

How Long To Cook 

When cooking any piece of chicken, there are never precise cooking times, only a rough estimated time frame.

Each and every piece that you cook, including whole chickens, vary in size and therefore cooking times. The larger the piece, the longer it needs to cook.

Cook your chicken for the suggested amount of time, and if it is still not fully cooked through, continue cooking it for another 5-10 minutes. Make sure to check your chicken again to see if it requires even further cooking.

Your chicken is fully cooked when the internal temperature of the thickest piece reaches 165°F (74°C). All of your juices should be clear and the cooked flesh shouldn’t be pink.

Do You Cook Rice Before Stuffing Chicken?

For rice stuffed whole chicken, you definitely have to cook the rice before stuffing it, however, you don’t cook it all of the way. This is a mistake many people make and it leads to a mushy and overcooked stuffing.

Cook the rice for about ⅔ of the way before stuffing the chicken. It will continue to cook inside the chicken once the roasting starts.

Alternative Flavors for the Stuffing

What makes chicken so amazing is its versatility. You can literally stuff it with anything your heart desires. Your stuffing can be simple, or very complex. Some of our favorite alternative stuffings are vegetables like celery, potatoes, carrots, squash, mushrooms or a sun dried tomato and spinach stuffing. Also, you can substitute bulgur, wild rice or quinoa for long grain rice in this stuffed whole chicken recipe.

Always make sure that your flavors are well-balanced and that they actually go good with chicken. 

Alternative Herbs

Herbs and chicken go hand-in-hand and you must choose the correct ones. We love a parsley and mint flavor pairing, however, it might not be everyone’s favorite.

Alternative herbs that will go great with this stuffed whole chicken, in general, include thyme, rosemary, or sage. Basil is another herb that has been paired with chicken for decades, but we’d recommend incorporating it fresh.

You can also be a bit more experimental and try incorporating lemongrass or tarragon. Again, remember, your flavors should pair well together and be balanced!

One portion rice stuffed chicken and a lemon slice on a white plate.

FAQs

How do you keep roasted chicken moist?

The key to any roasted chicken recipe is to use a marinade. It helps add moisture in the hot oven while the chicken itself is still cooking.

Should you roast the chicken without foil?

We highly recommend roasting your chicken without covering it with foil. It allows the skin to become crispy and not soggy. If your oven has hot spots and your chicken is starting to burn, cover that area with a piece of foil if necessary.

How do you check the doneness of chicken without a thermometer?

If you don’t have a thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken, then you can look at the following signs to check if your chicken has been fully cooked.
All the juices in the pan and that comes out of the chicken should be clear, not bloody or pinkish. You can also cut the thickest part of the flesh to check if it’s pink inside. To be fully cooked it should be completely white.
You already have a thermometer? Then make sure it shows a temperature of 165F as stated by USDA.

Should you let the chicken rest?

Resting chicken is a very important step, especially with the larger pieces. You can place a piece of foil over the chicken and allow it to rest until you are ready to serve it – at least 5 minutes.
Allowing it to rest helps cool it slightly to a more edible temperature, and most importantly, it helps the flesh reabsorb some moisture to counter the dryness. This is a very helpful tip when you find yourself with dry chicken, regardless of the cooking method used.

Can you freeze raw stuffed chicken?

You can definitely freeze raw chicken that has been stuffed, and it’s also very easy. Once your chicken has been stuffed, tie the legs together to prevent the stuffing from falling out. Then, wrap the whole chicken with plastic or saran wrap before placing it into the freezer. When you’re ready to cook the chicken, defrost it in the refrigerator overnight. Do not cook semi-frozen chicken! A whole chicken should be defrosted overnight to be safe.

Rice Stuffed Chicken Breasts Recipe

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Chicken breasts are a fairly common dish to serve for dinner; there is no denying it. However, whenever you can jazz up a dish to devour with eagerness, then you have to take that opportunity.

Chicken breasts might be considered plain or trite to have for dinner, but when they are stuffed with delicious wild rice, then suddenly, it tastes like a brand new meal. It is a recipe you will want to have laminated and framed on the wall in your kitchen. That is how unbelievably grand the chicken breasts taste when coated in the flavors of wild rice.

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Rice

The ingredients included among the recipe for stuffed chicken breast with rice, pepper, salt, tomato, basil, and cheese, all of which are used to bring out the natural flavors of the chicken and rice, compounding them together into an amazing taste sensation that will fill your mouth. While there are many ingredients that come together to form this beautiful recipe into one piece, they are all brought into play in small amounts, so you do not have to break the bank to purchase the ingredients, nor do you have to use a plethora of dishes to bring it all together.

You can definitely get creative with the presentation on this rice-stuffed chicken

Everything about this recipe is tailored with your own well-being in mind. We know you are busy with all of the things that dot a day, including clubs, sports, work, and school, but when you have a ton of things to do during any given day, the last thing you want to be worrying about is how many dishes you need to use at night, because any dish used to prepare the meal also has to be washed after the fact. Additionally, the meal is able to be prepared in a short amount of time so you can always ensure that there is plenty of time to eat for your whole family.

And your family will love to eat this meal, on top of that. Each bite will provide such delicious nutrition, you will wonder how healthy eating ever got to taste so good (and why it cannot always taste that good to begin with).

Wild Rice Stuffed Chicken Breast

Chicken? Good. Rice? Good. Together? Amazing!

The idea of cooking a meal of chicken breasts stuffed with wild rice may seem like a daunting one that would consume all free time in the evening and leave you with a brand new source of stress to come home to after you have already had a long day. However, this recipe shows that can actually be a very economical and minimalist way of cooking a meal that is anything but. Wild, savory, delicious, and a brand new sort of dish, the wild rice stuffed chicken breast betrays its very name and essence by being a meal that is extremely simple to cook.

To prepare the chicken, you only have to whip it up in a similar manner that you would make any other chicken breast. You pound it and season it after splitting the chicken breast in half, which will come into play later, of course. Additionally, the preparation of the rice is similar to any other rice dish that you would prepare as you combine all of the ingredients into a bowl, preparing yourself to thoroughly and completely mix it together until it has a delicious menagerie of tastes, all in one bite.

The unconventional aspect of the dinner comes when you combine the wild rice into the general make-up of the chicken breasts, but it is just a simple spooning. After that, the meal should not take more than fifteen minutes to complete and before you know it, you will have a delicious meal begging to be eaten as its enticing aroma fills your kitchen.

rice stuffed chicken breasts recipe

Chicken breasts are a fairly common dish to serve for dinner; there is no denying it. However, whenever you can jazz up a dish to devour with eagerness, then you have to take that opportunity.


INGREDIENTS

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  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • ¼ cup diced tomato
  • ¼ cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon basil
  • cooking oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half. Pound each one with a mallet until ¼ inch thick.
  2. Season the chicken with the pepper and salt.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the white rice, tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese, and basil. Toss all of the ingredients until well blended. Spoon an even amount of the rice mixture on top of each chicken breast. Fold and secure with string and toothpicks.
  4. In a skillet heat enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Brown the chicken on both sides for 1 minute or until golden.
  5. Remove from the skillet and place in the bottom of a baking dish. Bake at 350º F for 10-15 minutes.

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