Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Parsley-Stuffed Chicken with Honey-Butter Sauce and Boiled Potatoes

Happy New Year! 

I find it really hard to believe that 2012 is over.  Heck, I find it heard to believe that December is over. It seems like only yesterday it was September and we were celebrating my birthday with all sorts of cake recipes.

This recipe is from last week.  It is rich, filling, warm, comforting.  All things wonderful in the winter.  Although a bit time consuming it is also super easy to put together and has minimal dishes.

I saw this recipe as a re-run on the Rachel Ray show when I was in Maine at Christmas.  I think the it was originally on around Thanksgiving.  My whole family decided that it sounded wonderful and we should try it out.  Well it lived up to its expectations and will be making a repeat appearance soon.  Who knew you could cook a whole chicken on the stove top?

Parsley-Stuffed Chicken with Honey-Butter Sauce and Boiled Potatoes

by Rachel Ray
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 75 minutes
Keywords: bake entree chicken

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1 chicken (4 pounds)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 bundles flat leaf parsley, cleaned and dried – chop the tops off 1 bundle and leave 1 bundle intact
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 small onion
  • Black pepper
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 2 1/2 pounds small to medium thin-skinned white or red potatoes, halved or quartered
  • 2 rounded tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup chicken stock
Rinse the chicken and pat dry, then season with salt inside and out. Place on a rimmed dish and chill, uncovered, 4 hours or overnight in the lowest part of the refrigerator.

Pat the chicken dry again and season with a little pepper. Stuff the chicken with the whole bundle of parsley, the fresh bay leaves and the onion. Tie the legs with string to secure the cavity and close shut.

In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium to medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown evenly all over, 15 minutes or so. Reduce the heat and cover; cook for 50-60 minutes, turning occasionally, until the juices run clear.

When the chicken is 10-15 minutes from the end of its cooking time, place the potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, season with salt and cook to just tender. Drain and return the potatoes to the hot pot.

Remove the chicken to a cutting board. Cut away the kitchen twine. Discard the onion and bay and place the parsley bundle on the side of a serving platter. Carve the chicken into pieces with a cleaver or kitchen shears. Cover with foil to stay warm.

Whisk the flour into the chicken drippings over medium heat. Whisk in the honey and the stock and let thicken a bit. Add the chopped parsley.

Pour half of the sauce over the potatoes and half over the chicken and serve.
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  1. Ooooh this looks like such a yummy dinner!

    1. It was one of those meals tasted and looked way better than you would think after the ease of putting it together.

  2. This looks so good, Emily! I love the sauce!

    1. I would make the sauce and potatoes all by themselves for a meal. Yum, yum!

  3. What a delicious, one pot meal! Looks scrumptious!

  4. Wow, when you mentioned your b-day... I as like.... that was only a few weeks ago. That was September?? Holy cow, where did the time go?

    Now this is a very delicious way to start a new year... I hope 2013 doesn't fly by like 2012! Have a great year ahead. :)


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