This year 2021, we are celebrating Christmas on budget that is filled with a great savouring homemade meal. Let us go with roast chicken instead of turkey. Instead of ham I use ready cooked turkey meat with rice as stuffing.
It’s good for a change and there are other food such as entrees, salads, ready cooked prawns and roast pork that my sisters are making them. For dessert it will be a heavy and sticky pudding to end the festive celebration. Well, head over to my sticky dates pudding with brandy caramel sauce. I have attached the linked below.
We are all celebrating at her home as this year is her turn to host the party. Instead of buying presents for everyone, we are making it Kris Kringle as there are not many children under the age of 12. Roast chicken do seem to be popular in most household here. It’s sure is crispy juicy with turkey stuffing do boost the flavour. Let’s roast and celebrate Christmas with a twist!!!!
1 whole chicken size 16, about 3 lb; big enough for stuffing
60 g softened butter for pushing in the skin
30 g butter
1 Tsp honey (opt)
oil for brushing
4 cups uncooked washed rice; long grain
5 Tbs olive oil
20-25 g butter
4-6 finely chopped garlic
1 L duck stock see Note below
2 chicken cubes or 2 Tsp powder stock
1 1/2 thumb of ginger cleaned sliced into matchsticks or finely chopped
1 Tbs olive oil
1 1/2 Tsp salt to taste
use duck neck and bishop nose for extra fat and flavour (opt)
Turkey stuffing to go with cooked rice
80 g dried apricots, cuts into 4 pieces
14-16 medium size button mushrooms, cut into 4 pieces
350 g cooked turkey meat, cut into bite size
1/2 c finely chopped parsley
1/4 c finely chopped spring onions
120 g pine nuts, toast in frying pan until lightly brown
3 Tbs melted butter
1 Tbs olive oil
1 1/2 salt to taste
4 dashes white pepper
To cook rice
Heat oil in saucepan for 1 minutes, then add butter until melted; fry ginger and garlic till fragrant and golden. Then add rice and stir well to coat in oil and butter. Transfer rice mixture to rice cooker. Next add duck stock, chicken cubes, duck neck and bishop nose cleaned, 1 Tbs oil and salt into rice mixture. Cook according to rice cooker’s manual instruction. (Note: make sure enough water). Once cooked open the cover of rice cooker to cool the cooked rice and set aside.
Prepare turkey stuffing with cooked rice
Toast pine nuts in saucepan until light brown. Set aside. Next cut apricots, mushrooms, and turkey meat. Then finely chopped parsley and spring onions. Now spoon the rice into a big deep tray and mix well. Season well with melted butter, oil, salt and pepper. Set aside until needed.
Heat up the oven to 200 degrees C. Place butter, honey, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside. Clean the chicken with water and pat dry inside and out. Wash hand clean and gently loosen skin from chicken meat and push softened butter under.
Put on gloves and place the chicken in a stand on roasting pan; use hand stuff as much of turkey stuffing with cooked rice into the cavity use safety pins clip the end so the stuffing will not fall out. Brush with skin coating. Roast for about 40 minutes.
After 40 minutes and turn the other side cover with lightly greased aluminium foil and roast further for 20-30 minutes. Now place the remaining turkey stuffing with cooked rice in tray and into the oven to collect some drippings from the chicken. Remove chicken from oven and foil then brush chicken with skin coating mixture. Continue to roast chicken for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove turkey stuffing with rice from oven once it’s hot. Transfer to a big bowl and cover with foil. Then remove chicken when its cooked through, let cool. Remove the turkey stuffing inside chicken and place together with the remaining turkey stuffing. Then chop up chicken, place on top of the turkey stuffing and serve immediately with other festive food. Enjoy!!!!
Note: Place roast duck carcass in the boiling water for about 2-3 times: boiling and discard water. This is to clean the gunk. Then rinse with cold water and place carcass in fresh boiling water for 35-45 minutes with 1 small thumb of ginger, cleaned, 1 carrot and 1 stalk celery roughly chopped; 1 medium size onion with 4 cloves inserted in onion; salt and black peppercorn; chicken cubes, neck and bishop nose, also duck neck and bishop nose washed and clean.
Lower the heat to gentle simmer cover and uncover don’t want over boiled and spilled. Taste to see enough seasoning. Now discard all the ingredients except duck neck and bishop nose, strain and save 1 L stock for cooking chicken rice, and extra if needed more.
You may need more or less time to cook chicken as temperature vary. You may use chicken stock instead of duck stock. You may use turkey instead of chicken. I use chicken as its easier to handle and make use of my leftover turkey and ham from Christmas dinner to create a new meal.
Sticky dates pudding with brandy caramel sauce: https://helenscchin.com/2020/12/28/sticky-dates-pudding-with-brandy-caramel-sauce/