Roast chicken with pancetta & ricotta stuffing balls

Roast chicken with pancetta & ricotta stuffing balls

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 50 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A classic roast chicken is made extra special with these Italian stuffing balls

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

  • kcal828
  • fat52g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein71g
  • salt2.57g
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Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (about 1½ kg)
    Chicken

    Chicken

    chik-en

    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

For the stuffing balls

  • 140g fresh bread (about 3-4 slices)
  • handful parsley, chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 140g ricotta
    Ricotta

    Ricotta

    ree-cot-a

    Ricotta is an Italian curd cheese. Made from whey, it is traditionally a by-product of making…

  • 100g Parmesan, freshly grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • handful thyme, chopped

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • handful basil, chopped
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 2 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 egg
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 12 thin slices pancetta or streaky bacon
    Pancetta

    Pancetta

    pan-chet-ah

    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Season the chicken inside and out, then place in a large roasting dish. Rub all over with the oil. Place in oven, then cook for 1 hr 30 mins, spooning oil and juices over the bird a few times during cooking.

  2. Meanwhile, make the stuffing. Whizz the bread and parsley in a food processor or grate the bread on the biggest holes of a grater. Mix with the rest of the stuffing ingredients, apart from the pancetta or bacon, in a large bowl. Use your hands to shape into 12 balls, then wrap a slice of pancetta or bacon around each.

  3. Test if the chicken is done by inserting a skewer into the thigh meat; when the juices run clear, remove from the roasting dish. Place on a serving plate and loosely cover with foil. While the chicken is resting, pour away any excess fat from the dish and tip in the stuffing balls. Cook for 20 mins until crisp and golden. Serve alongside the chicken.

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Comments (5)

elgie64's picture

Tried the pancetta and ricotta stuffing alongside individual roast chicken breasts - even did a vege-ham wrapped equivalent for my other half. The stuffing is light and very tasty and can easily be adapted with different herbs (I didn't have thyme so left it out) and I used granary bread for my breadcrumbs. It was also very quick and easy to do - I left the prepared stuffing in the fridge overnight under some cling film which probably helped them stay in shape and it was fine. Best of all, my guests all loved it!

foodfood123's picture

Tried this recipe on the strength of a friend's recomendation, and can honestly say the balls are not bad, not great.
As I'm not a great lover of thyme, I could taste this straight away, would make again but leaving out the thyme. Paxo wins for me I'm afraid

foodfood123's picture

Two Friends at work raved about the stuffing balls, so will give it a go for Sunday Lunch and let u know my verdict

amp1043's picture
5

Have just finished eating this. It's very good. I added some Italian herbs to the chicken. It took a bit longer to make than I thought it would but well worth the effort. Also, I rolled the stuffing into a sausage shape rather than balls because it's easier to wrap. Will make again!

vivienspiteri's picture

This sounds good. Might give it a go tonight.

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