Italian Sausage Stuffed Chicken with Wild Mushroom Risotto

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It’s been a few days since we put something up for you. Since you’ve been so wonderful and patient, we’re going to reward you with two recipes today!

This is a dish that my wife nicknamed “chicken grenades”. They’re chicken thighs stuffed with Italian sausage and they’re delicious!

I’ll also be showing you an easy method for making a lovely wild mushroom risotto

So, get the chicken prepared and cooking and then you can do the risotto while it cooks!

Italian Sausage Stuffed Chicken

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Here’s all you’ll need:

  • 6 chicken thighs (skin on)
  • 3 Italian sausage (hot or mild, your choice!)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt

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First thing we need to do is remove the bone from the chicken. I like using a small paring knife for this just because I find  it’s much better to handle the delicate job.

No special trick here, just cut along the bone and separate it from the chicken without cutting through the chicken … or your fingers

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Six boneless chicken thighs, five fingers … yea, I’m good

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Take a sausage and slice open the casing

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Now remove from the casing

Cut the sausage into a piece about the size of the chicken thigh. Place on a piece of chicken, skin side down, and then roll the chicken around the sausage

Repeat until all the thighs are stuffed

For the coating, pour breadcrumbs into a bowl.  Next, add the seasoned salt and mix it all together

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Take a stuffed chicken thigh and roll it in the breadcrumb mixture. Place it in an oven safe pan. I like to use a loaf pan because I can pack the chicken in tightly enough that it won’t unravel while cooking!

Repeat until they’re all done

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Place them in a 400F oven for approximately 40 minutes. When packed together like this, the chicken in the centre takes a bit longer to cook.

While this is cooking, let’s make that risotto!

Wild Mushroom Risotto

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For this, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1L (approximately) of chicken stock
  • 1 cup of wild mushroom (I am using dehydrated mushrooms)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

If using dehydrated mushrooms, you’ll need to re-hydrate them for 30 mintues, so this should be done before ANYTHING else is started

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Add warm water to the mushrooms. I’m using dehydrated mushrooms as I didn’t have a good source for fresh wild mushrooms at this time of year. Dehydrated will also give you a wonderful mushroom broth to add (as you’ll see)

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Let this stand for 30 minutes

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Add the rice to a hot skillet. Only the rice, no oil … we’re gonna toast the grains a bit

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Stir over a medium heat

Keep going for 4-5 minutes, or until the rice is starting to get a bit golden

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Add about half a cup of the chicken stock. We’ll be adding it slowly and mixing it in.

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Stir through that steam!

Now add the mushrooms and stir. Pour in that wonderful mushroom broth too!

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You want to continue a process of stirring and adding broth every time the broth you have added is absorbed.

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Your risotto should start to get a creamy texture. You want to keep going until the rice is cooked but not quite fully soft. (It’s okay to have a spoon to keep tasting!)

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Just as it’s almost ready, add the cheese

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Mix this in and remove it from the heat … it’s done!

Okay, better go check on that chicken

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Perfect!

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Take a piece of chicken and place it on a cutting board. Slice into bite-sized rounds

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Yea, this is SO good …

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Place it on a plate with some of the risotto and a nice green salad

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Looks fancy!

 

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So there you have it, Italian Sausage Stuffed Chicken with Wild Mushroom Risotto

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Bon Apetit!

 

 

 

 

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