Roast Chicken Stuffed with Dates & Nuts

My butcher really annoyed me today. I asked him to debone a chicken for me. He certainly lived up to his title of butcher as the resulting chicken looked like it had been hacked apart by a rabid Rottweiler (hence the dodgy picture above). The guy had NO idea! I didn’t notice until I’d already made the stuffing for the bird. I made the most of a bad job and did my best to secure the stuffing with a handful of toothpicks and a ball of kitchen string. The lovely fruity, light stuffing packed with Middle Eastern flavours was a great alternative to the rich, claggy stuffings I normally go for. It complimented the chicken perfectly.

1.5kg chicken (boned)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 slice bacon (finely chopped)
1 egg
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley (chopped)
1 tablespoon fresh mint (chopped)
zest 1/2 lemon
juice 1 lemon
2 tablespoons crushed hazelnuts
2 tablespoons pine nuts
6 pitted dates (chopped)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Salt & pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Ask your butcher to debone your chicken, leaving the legs and wing bones in.

Preheat oven to 200ºC.

Lay the chicken out, skin side down and flatten out with your hands. Combine all the stuffing ingredients together and place in a mound on the chicken. Wrap the flesh back around and seal the edges together with a few toothpicks. Turn over the chicken and tie together the two legs with kitchen string. Drizzle with olive oil and rub all over the chicken.

Bake in the oven, basting occasionally, for 75 minutes or until the juices run clear when skewered between the leg and breast joint.

Serve with vegetables, rice pilaf or salad.

  • Nicola

    Still doesn’t seem to be working for me having tried those things and in a different browser as well…

  • Nicola

    Hi, I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog, so many different recipes to try! But yes, I agree with Olivia, there’s some weird thing happening with the pages – Page 3 goes to (which doesn’t exist) and Page 4 has a similar result… Curious indeed!

    • leej

      I think I fixed it. Try refreshing your page and/or emptying the cache of your browser and trying again.

      It just worked on my browser after not working properly…

      Fingers crossed!

  • Olivia

    Hey, for some reason when you click on page 2 from your homepage it redirects to – roast chicken stuffed with dates and nuts.

    In other news your site is great and I use it all the time and recommend it to everyone. I appreciate your love of spices and fatty cuts.

    • leej

      Thanks Olivia… glad you’re enjoying the fatty delights…

      Thanks for letting me know about strangeness with pagination too… Curious! I’ll get to the bottom of it I’m sure.


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