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Chicken with Fennel Stuffing

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 2-3/4 hours + standing


6 servings (6 cups stuffing)

We stuff a beautiful golden bird with fantastic fennel stuffing for an easy, yet impressive entree for guests.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 5 cups unseasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 roasting chicken (7 to 8 pounds)


  1. In a large skillet, saute fennel and onion in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Place in a large bowl. Stir in the stuffing cubes, broth, thyme, sage, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Just before baking, loosely stuff chicken with 3 cups stuffing. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 1-qt. baking dish; refrigerate until ready to bake.
  2. Place chicken breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Melt remaining butter; brush over chicken. Sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 165° when inserted in center of stuffing and thigh reaches at least 170°.
  3. Bake additional stuffing, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cover chicken and let stand for 10 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.

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