Mushroom-Stuffed Roast Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken & Marinade

  • 1 (3 ½ - pound) pasture-raised whole chicken
  • 3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 large acorn squash, seeded and sliced into wedges

Stuffing

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 4 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups white button mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 cups baby bella or portobello, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ⅓ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Method

Step 1 Mushroom-Stuffed Roast Chicken Healthy Recipe

Step 1

Start preparing the chicken by patting dry. Stir together the ghee, sage, thyme, lemon zest, and sea salt in a bowl. Massage the ghee mixture over the entire chicken. Cover and place in the fridge while preparing the stuffing. This may be done one day in advance.

Step 2 Mushroom-Stuffed Roast Chicken Healthy Recipe

Step 2

To make the stuffing, melt the ghee in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Step 3 Mushroom-Stuffed Roast Chicken Healthy Recipe

Step 3

Add all of the mushrooms along with the sage and thyme. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes until softened.

Step 4 Mushroom-Stuffed Roast Chicken Healthy Recipe

Step 4

Season the mushrooms with salt, black pepper, and paprika and cook until all the liquids have evaporated.

Step 5 Mushroom-Stuffed Roast Chicken Healthy Recipe

Step 5

Remove from the heat. Add the pine nuts and parsley, stir to combine, and set aside.

Step 6 Mushroom-Stuffed Roast Chicken Healthy Recipe

Step 6

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the acorn squash wedges on a parchment paper lined baking dish or Dutch oven.

Step 7 Mushroom-Stuffed Roast Chicken Healthy Recipe

Step 7

Stuff the chicken with the mushroom stuffing and place the stuffed chicken on top of the acorn squash. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine.

Step 8 Mushroom-Stuffed Roast Chicken Healthy Recipe

Step 8

Cover and roast for about 1 hour. Uncover and roast for an additional 35 minutes, until a meat thermometer inserted near the inner thigh (avoiding the bone) reads 165°F. To serve, transfer the acorn squash onto a platter and place the chicken on top.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories: 618, Total Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 195mg, Sodium: 1344mg, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 3g, Protein: 57g, Net Carbs: 8g

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