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Maple Sausage Stuffed Chicken

Sweet and savory Jimmy Dean® Maple Pork Sausage, cranberry and sage-stuffed chicken is truly a delectable way to end your day.

Maple Sausage Stuffed Chicken

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Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ pkg. Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Maple Roll Sausage (8 ounces), cooked, crumbled, drained
  • 3½ cups plain dry bread cubes
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • 4½ teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 6 small bone-in chicken breasts with skin (3¾ pounds), with pocket cut in each for stuffing (see Tip)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large saucepan on MEDIUM heat. Add onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add sausage, bread cubes, cranberries, sage and red pepper; stir just until moistened.
  2. Fill pocket in each breast with about ¼ cup stuffing. Secure openings with wooden toothpicks.
  3. Place chicken, skin-sides up, in shallow baking pan. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter; drizzle over chicken. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
  4. Bake 45-55 minutes or until chicken is done (165°F). Remove toothpicks. Garnish chicken with parsley, if desired.

Cook’s Tips:

To make a pocket in each chicken breast, carefully cut a horizontal slit in rounded side of breast, being careful to not cut all the way through to opposite side of breast. Substitute 6 bone-in pork rib chops (about 4 pounds and 1 inch thick) for the chicken. Substitute 1 tablespoon oil for 1 tablespoon of the butter. Make a pocket in each chop by cutting a horizontal slit in side of each chop up to bone. Fill each pocket with about ⅓ cup stuffing mixture; secure with wooden toothpicks. Heat oil in large ovenproof skillet over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Add chops; cook 2 minutes. Turn chops over. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter; drizzle over chops. Place skillet in oven. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until chops are done (160°F). Continue as directed.)

Substitute 1¼ cups Jimmy Dean® Original Sausage Crumbles for the cooked and crumbled Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Maple Roll Sausage.)

Yield

6 servings (1 chicken breast each)

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