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Roast Chicken With Rice and Fruit Stuffing

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“Created for RSC #6. This dish can be nice and homey, or elegant enough for company.”
1hr 35mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Toast the cashews lightly in the oven for 5 minutes
  3. Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a saute pan
  4. Add the onion and the celery
  5. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, or until tender
  6. Add the rice, saute over medium heat for 2 minutes
  7. Add the hot soup, orange juice, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil
  8. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes
  9. Add the apricots and raisins to the rice, stir gently with a fork
  10. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes, until the rice is nearly tender
  11. Stir in the cinnamon, lemon rind and cashews
  12. Taste for seasoning and correct if necessary
  13. Set aside to cool
  14. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on all sides and in the cavity as well
  15. Spoon enough of the stuffing into the chicken to fill it, packing lightly
  16. Keep the extra stuffing at room temperature
  17. Place the chicken in a roasting pan and roast in the oven for 1 hour
  18. When a fork stuck into the thickest part of the chicken causes the juices to run clear, the chicken is ready
  19. If the juices are still pink, add a few more minutes until you get the clear juices
  20. Let the bird rest for about 5-10 minutes
  21. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet and saute the leftover stuffing until hot, about 3 minutes
  22. Serve the stuff chicken on a platter, with the sauteed stuffing on the side
  23. You can also serve the roasting juices in a sauceboat

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