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Christmas Roast Chicken

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Ingredients
  Chopped dried fruit tidbits 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Dry sherry 6 Tablespoon
  Chopped walnuts/Almonds, or pecans, or a mix 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Butter 2 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Medium
  Celery rib 1 Small
  Tart apple 1 Small
  Chopped impeded kumquats 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped parsley 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Pumpkin pie spice 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Whole wheat bread cube 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Roasting chicken 7 Pound
  Flour 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Chicken broth 1 3⁄4 Cup (28 tbs)
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, soak fruit tidbits in 3 table-spoons of sherry for 1 hour. Meanwhile, toast nuts on a baking sheet until golden and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes.
2. In a large frying pan, melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add to fruits in mixing bowl along with toasted nuts, apple, kumquats, parsley, pumpkin pie spice, and bread cubes. Toss to mix well. Season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
3. Reduce oven temperature to 400°. Fill chicken cavity with stuffing. Rub skin with remaining 1 tablespoon butter; season with remaining salt and pepper and tie legs together with kitchen string. Place chicken, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Roast 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° and continue to roast until an instant-reading thermometer inserted into thigh registers 180°, about 2 hours longer.
4. Remove chicken to a carving board. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons drippings from pan. Add flour and cook over medium heat, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and remaining 3 tablespoons sherry and bring to a boil, whisking, until gravy is thickened and smooth, about 3 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
5. Spoon stuffing into a bowl, carve chicken, and serve with gravy and stuffing.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Servings: 
8

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