Maple Sausage Stuffed Chicken
Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:55 minutes
- 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)
- 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.
- Fill pocket in each breast with about ¼ cup stuffing. Secure openings with wooden toothpicks.
- Place chicken, skin-sides up, in shallow baking pan. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter; drizzle over chicken. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
- Bake 45-55 minutes or until chicken is done (165°F). Remove toothpicks. Garnish chicken with parsley, if desired.
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.)
6 servings (1 chicken breast each)