Lemon Chicken with Stuffing

Lemon Chicken with Stuffing

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From the EatingWell Kitchen

Make chicken and stuffing in the slow cooker for this easy, one-pot recipe. When it's done, top it with a mix of fresh lemon peel, parsley, and walnuts.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon ground sage
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 small whole chicken legs (drumstick and thigh), skinned (about 5 pounds)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 cups quartered or sliced fresh cremini, shiitake, and/or button mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups sourdough baguette cut into 1-inch pieces (12 to 14 ounces)
  • 1 cup coarsely shredded carrot
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup snipped fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley


  • Prep

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  1. Lightly coat the inside of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the lemon peel. In a small bowl combine remaining lemon peel, sage, seasoned salt and pepper. Remove ¾ of the mixture and rub onto chicken legs. Place chicken legs in slow cooker.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet; add mushrooms and garlic. Cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until just tender. Stir in remaining sage mixture. Place bread cubes and carrot in a large bowl; add mushroom mixture. Drizzle with chicken broth, tossing gently.
  3. Lightly pack stuffing on top of chicken. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 3- ½ to 4 hours.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer stuffing and chicken to a serving platter; discard juices in cooker.
  5. Combine reserved lemon peel, walnuts and parsley; sprinkle atop chicken and stuffing.
  • Tip: To toast whole nuts or large pieces, spread in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden, shaking pan once or twice.
  • For Easy Cleanup: Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 chicken leg and ⅔ cup stuffing
  • Per serving: 385 calories; 15 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 33 g protein; 104 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 543 mg sodium;
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: ½ vegetable, 1½ starch, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

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