Moroccan Stuffed Chicken

Moroccan Stuffed Chicken

Lorna Maseko's Moroccan style stuffed chicken makes the perfect Sunday roast centrepiece. Flavour your stuffing with parsley, couscous, oranges and rocket.

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Prep Time: 50

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Cook Time: 50

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Serves: 4

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Difficulty: intermediate

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Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 tbsp Robertsons Chicken Spice
  • ½ tsp Robertsons cumin
  • ¼ tsp Robertsons clove

For the Stuffing

  • 2 tbsp Robertsons Chicken Spice
  • 1 tsp Robertsons paprika
  • ½ tsp Robertsons cumin
  • ¼ tsp Robertsons clove
  • 50 g fresh apricots
  • 100 g breadcrumbs
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 handful fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

For the Carrots

  • 200 g baby carrots
  • 100 g raw pine nuts
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 dollops butter

For the Couscous

  • 250 g couscous
  • 50 g butter
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1.5 cups water

For the Rocket & Fennel Salad with Vinaigrette

  • 60 g fresh rocket
  • 400 g fresh fennel tops
  • 6 baby radishes
  • 3 oranges peeled and sliced
  • 3 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 80 ml olive oil
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2 cloves garlic

Directions

For the Chicken and Stuffing

  1. Rub your chicken with Robertsons Spicy Moroccan Rub. Make sure every part of the chicken is covered.

  2. Place the whole chicken in a plastic bag and allow time for it to absorb all those flavours for an hour or overnight.

  3. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius before you make the stuffing. In a blender, place your bread crumbs, apricots, Robertsons Spicy Moroccan Rub, garlic cloves, chunks of onions, parsley, Dijon mustard and lemon juice, and then blitz.

  4. Remove your chicken from the plastic bag and stuff with your Moroccan stuffing.

  5. Tie the legs together and hide the wings under the chicken, because they cook the quickest and you don't want them to burn. Place it in the oven and allow to cook for 30 minutes per 500 grams.

  6. To plate- Layer the couscous first, then your beautiful roasted chicken. Garnish with salad, dressing and micro herbs.

For the Carrots

  1. In a very hot griddle pan, toast your pine nuts until they are a beautiful toasted brown colour, then set aside.

  2. In a hot pan, add butter, then carrots and cook until they get slightly charred. Next, drizzle carrots with honey and toss.

  3. Remove the carrots and plate by sprinkling the pine nuts and garnish with fresh mint.

For the Couscous

  1. Place the couscous in boiling hot water, let the water soak that up, remove from the heat and allow the couscous to absorb the water ensuring you don't overcook it.

  2. Finish off with butter and season with salt and pepper.

For the Rocket and Fennel Salad with Vinaigrette

  1. For the salad- on a big plate, place your rocket, then fennel and orange segments. Garnish with the slices of radish and lastly drizzle with the vinaigrette dressing.

  2. For the salad dressing- in a bowl, add the wholegrain mustard, lemon juice and rice wine vinegar. Mix together and slowly add the olive oil as you stir. Season with salt and pepper.