Chicken with Sourdough-Mushroom Stuffing

Dress up chicken and stuffing with big chunks of sourdough bread and mushrooms. Finish off this slow cooked main dish with fresh gremolata. The lemon-peel, parsley, and chopped-walnut topping give it a fantastic citrusy flavor.



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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 40 mins
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Ingredients
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    Nonstick cooking spray
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    2   tablespoons 
    finely shredded lemon peel
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    1   tablespoon 
    ground sage
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    1   tablespoon 
    seasoned salt
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    1 1/2  teaspoons 
    freshly ground black pepper
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    8   
    small chicken legs (thigh-drumstick piece), skinned (about 5 pounds)
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    1/4  cup 
    butter
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    4   cups 
    quartered or sliced fresh cremini, baby portobello, shiitake, and/or button mushrooms
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    2   
    cloves garlic, thinly sliced
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    8   cups 
    sourdough baguette cut into 1-inch pieces (about 10 oz.)
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    1   cup 
    coarsely shredded carrot
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    1   cup 
    chicken broth
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    1/4  cup 
    chopped walnuts, toasted
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    3   tablespoons 
    snipped flat leaf Italian parsley

Directions
1.
Lightly coat the inside of a 5-1/2- to 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 3/4 of the mixture and rub onto chicken legs. Place chicken in slow cooker.
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Meanwhile, melt butter in a skillet; add mushrooms and garlic. Cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until just tender. Stir in remaining sage mixture. Transfer mushroom mixture to a large bowl. Add bread cubes, and shredded carrot. Drizzle with chicken broth, tossing gently.
3.
Lightly pack stuffing on top of chicken. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
4.
Transfer stuffing and chicken to a platter.
5.
In a bowl combine reserved lemon peel, walnuts, and parsley; sprinkle over chicken. Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 412, Fat, total (g) 17, chol. (mg) 146, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 27, Monosaturated fat (g) 5, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 4, fiber (g) 3, sugar (g) 2, pro. (g) 39, vit. A (IU) 2187, vit. C (mg) 10, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 1, Niacin (mg) 14, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 85, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 1450, Potassium (mg) 680, calcium (mg) 71, iron (mg) 3, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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