Chicken with oat, sage & apricot stuffing balls

Try replacing the apricots in the stuffing with dates or died apple and toasted pine nuts.


chicken with stuffingServes: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp olive oil
8 chicken thighs, scored (1.5kg)
15g pack sage
150g dried apricots
1 large onion, chopped (250g)
75g oats
100g wholemeal breadcrumbs

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6.

2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the chicken skin side down for 3-4 minutes until golden, transfer to a roasting tin. Place a whole sage leaf over each chicken thigh. Reserve 8 whole apricots.

3. Add the onion to the pan and fry for 4-5 minutes until golden. Chop the remaining sage and apricots and add to the onions with the oats and breadcrumbs, season and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Stir in 6 tbsp water. Mould into 4 large stuffing balls and add to the roasting tin.

4. Roast for 25-30 minutes, placing the reserved apricots on top of the chicken thighs half way through.

5. Serve with freshly steamed vegetable and roast potatoes.

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