Roast Chicken with Herb Stuffing Balls

Roast Chicken with Herb Stuffing Balls

  • Preparation time

    40 mins
  • Cook time

    1 hr 45 mins
  • Serves 4-6

Looking to change up your Christmas or Sunday roast? This recipe for Roast Chicken with Herb Stuffing Balls can help you do just that.

Dietary Information

Dietary and nutritional info supplied by NZ Nutrition Foundation.


  • Size 16 chicken - 1
  • Oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Water or chicken stock - 1 cup
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Onion, chopped finely - 1
  • Stick celery, chopped finely - 1
  • Cloves garlic, crushed - 2
  • Fresh breadcrumbs - 3 cups
  • Chopped parsley - 1/2 cup
  • Chopped fresh thyme - 1 Tbsp
  • Chopped fresh sage - 1 Tbsp
  • Eggs - 2
  • Lemon for zest and juice - 1
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced).

  2. To make the stuffing, heat the butter and oil in a frying pan. Add the onion, celery and garlic, cooking for 3 to 4 minutes until soft. Place into a large bowl and add the breadcrumbs, herbs, eggs, lemon, salt and pepper. Combine the mixture well with your hands.

  3. Wash, then pat dry your chicken with paper towels. Place the chicken into a roasting dish, season well and rub with a little oil. Fill the cavity with half the stuffing and tie the legs with string. Pour the water or stock around the base, cover the chicken with foil and place into the oven for 1 hour.

  4. Remove the foil from the chicken and continue to cook for 40 minutes or until cooked through.

  5. Roll the remainder of the stuffing into golf sized balls and place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.

  6. Place the stuffing balls in the oven for the last 20 minutes of the chicken cooking.

  7. Allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before carving.

  8. Serve with your favourite roast vegetables.

PER SERVE Energy 3008Kj • Protein 57g • Total Fat 39g • Saturated Fat 12g • Carbohydrates 34g • Sugars 3g • Sodium 888mg

Dietary and nutritional info supplied by NZ Nutrition Foundation.