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Zucchini-Stuffed Chicken

Source: The Heritage of French Cooking
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  3 Hours 50 Minutes
  Serves 6
Here is an entirely modern version of classic stuffed chicken. The tender parts of the chicken go very well with such delicate vegetables as zucchini (courgettes) and their flowers.
For Stuffing:
10 oz fresh baby zucchini, with flowers attached
1 leek, white part only
2 oz spinach or swiss chard, cut into thin strips
1 onion, minced
For Chicken:
1 ready-to-cook chicken, about 3 1/2 lb, liver and heart reserved
1 tablespoon butter
3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 egg
1 oz fine, dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup freshly and finely grated parmesan cheese
Freshly ground pepper
6 garlic cloves
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FOR STUFFING: Remove the pistils from the zucchini flowers and cut the petals into strips. Finely grate the zucchini into a colander. Sprinkle with salt and set aside to drain for 1 hour. Cut the leek lengthwise in half and then into thin semicircular slices. Combine the leek, zucchini flowers, spinach and onion in another colander. Sprinkle with salt and leave for 20 minutes.

Clean the chicken liver and heart and cut them in half. Melt the butter in a small nonstick skillet and brown on high heat for 2 minutes. Beat the egg in a large bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of the oil, the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, heart, liver, and salt and pepper and mix.

FOR CHICKEN: When the leaf vegetables have rested for 20 minutes squeeze to eliminate all their moisture. Add them to the bowl. Do the same with the zucchini. Mix the stuffing thoroughly. Stuff the chicken and sew up the openings with white cotton thread. Salt the chicken all over and brush it with the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil.

Put the chicken in a baking dish and surround it with the whole garlic cloves. Transfer to the oven. Set the thermostat to 400 degrees F and cook for 1 hour 45 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the chicken rest for 30 minutes before taking it out.

TO SERVE: Serve the chicken with the strained juices and the roasted garlic cloves. Pureed potatoes are a good accompaniment.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6
Calories: 331
Fat. Total: 11g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 11g
Sodium: 244mg
% Cal. from Fat: 30%
Cholesterol: 150mg
Protein: 44g
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Rating: 5
by: Marilyn, MD Reviewed: 09/25/2009
I served this to guests last evening and it received rave reviews, The stuffing is wonderful. I had zucchini flowers that I bought at a farmer's market and was searching for a recipe for them other than frying. This was perfect, The only change I made was to use a slice of low calorie bread which I soaked in the beaten eggs until it fell apart rather than using bread crumbs.
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