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.

Chicken with Sourdough-Mushroom Stuffing
40 mins
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  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon ground sage
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 small chicken legs (thigh-drumstick piece), skinned (about 5 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cups quartered or sliced fresh cremini, baby portobello, shiitake, and/or button mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups sourdough baguette cut into 1-inch pieces (about 10 oz.)
  • 1 cup coarsely shredded carrot
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons snipped flat leaf Italian parsley
Line a 5-1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker with a disposable cooker liner. Lightly coat liner with cooking spray; set aside. 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.
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.
Lightly pack stuffing on top of chicken. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
Transfer stuffing and chicken to a platter.
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, Monounsaturated fat (g) 5, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 4, fiber (g) 3, sugar (g) 2, pro. (g) 39, vit. A (IU) 2186.56, vit. C (mg) 10.04, Thiamin (mg) 0.4, Riboflavin (mg) 0.69, Niacin (mg) 13.62, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.49, Folate (g) 84.67, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0.43, sodium (mg) 1450, Potassium (mg) 680, calcium (mg) 70.68, iron (mg) 3.42, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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