Roast Chicken Stuffed with Rice and Apricots

2012-07-29
  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 2:00 h
  • Ready In : 2:10 h

Roast chicken with rice and apricots.Whole chicken stuffed with rice and apricots baked in oven.

Ingredients

  • 3½ cups (875 ml) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large yellow onion,peeled and chopped
  • 1 large stalk celery,chopped
  • 1¼ cups long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots,chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme,crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Method

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375°F(190°C).

Step 2

In a medium-size cooking pot over moderately low heat,bring 3 cups of the chicken broth,the onion,and celery to a simmer. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Stir in the rice,apricots,and thyme,and cook,covered for 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and set aside.

Step 4

Rub the chicken with the remaining lemon juice and pepper,and spoon the rice-and-apricot stuffing loosely into the body cavity. Spoon the extra stuffing into a small casserole that has been coated with the cooking spray;drizzle with the remaining chicken broth and cover with aluminum foil. Truss the chicken,place chicken breasts side up on lightly greased rack in a roasting pan,and roast,uncovered for 1¼-1½ hours or until a leg moves easily in the hip socket. Place the casserole of extra stuffing in the oven for the final 30 minutes of roasting.

Step 5

Remove the roast chicken,along with the casserole of extra stuffing,from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Transfer the roast chicken to a warm platter and remove the trussing strings.Serve with a green vegetables.

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