Crispy-Skinned Roasted Chicken with Sweet and Savory Paleo Sausage Stuffing

It is time for another recipe featuring a chicken fresh from our family farm! Nick loves roasted chicken with crispy skin, so I am working to obtain the crispiest-skinned bird possible. To this end, I patted dry my thawed bird first thing in the morning, rubbed the skin with salt, and let it sit in the fridge all day long to dry out. This trick does really make a difference, so if you enjoy crunching down on a tasty piece of chicken skin, give it a try!

The spice rub that I developed for this recipe incorporates a few of the traditional herbs found in poultry rubs, but also adds a bit of warmth with the nutmeg and cloves, and a bit of peppy citrus taste from the orange zest. I thought that the combination was a lovely compliment to the fruit, veggie, and sausage stuffing.It is unfortunate that it is too early in the season for our apple trees to be bearing fruit, but the sausage comes from locally-raised pigs butchered at the meat market just outside of our hometown.

Here is what you will need for this recipe:

1 whole chicken (plenty large, so you have a big cavity that will fit a generous amount of stuffing)
Sea salt

Spice rub:
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons sage
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 teaspoons nutmeg
2 teaspoons cloves

1 lb sausage
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 large apple, chopped
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon spice rub
2 tsp salt

Pat your bird with salt in the morning and allow it to sit in the fridge all day (if crispy skin is your thing!). Once you are ready to begin cooking, remove it from the fridge and rub it inside and out with your spice rub (being sure to save a few tablespoons for your stuffing). Make it as mild or as spicy as you choose . . . we generally lean towards spicy at our house. If you did not pre-salt your bird, I would recommend adding a few tablespoons of salt to your rub mixture.

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and set about making your stuffing. Brown the sausage in a large skillet then remove the sausage to a mixing bowl, leaving the cooking fat in the skillet. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet, cooking until the onions are only slightly softened. Mix the onions and garlic along with the rest of your stuffing ingredients into the sausage, and then stuff the cavity of your chicken. Place your bird in a roasting pan, and he is ready for the oven!

If you have leftover stuffing that does not fit into the cavity of your bird (which is highly likely), put it in a separate, greased pan and cook it for the final 30-40 minutes that your bird is in the oven. Nick and I love sausage stuffing, so this extra pan is a must in our house. If you are not as much of a stuffing fan, you could always cut the stuffing quantities in half, and that should be just enough to fill your bird’s cavity.

Cook your chicken for the first 15 minutes at 450, then turn the oven down to 375. The surge of heat will result in a really crispy and brown skin and deliciously succulent meat. My chicken was slightly over five pounds (pre-stuffing) so I roasted it for a total of about 2 ½ hours. (Stuffed chickens have a longer cooking time than un-stuffed, so be sure to adjust accordingly.)

I am sharing this recipe at Hunk of Meat Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, Traditional Tuesdays, Grain-Free Tuesdays, Tuesday’s Tasty Tidbits, Tasty Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Totally Tasty Tuesday, Tuesday Night Supper Club, Domestically Divine, Recipes I Can’t Wait To Try, Gluten-Free Wednesdays at the Gluten-Free Homemaker, Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop, What’s on Your Plate Wednesday, Foodie Wednesday, Community Cooking Challenge, It’s A Keeper Thursday, Friday Favorites, Allergy-Friendly Friday, and Seasonal Sunday.

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17 Responses to Crispy-Skinned Roasted Chicken with Sweet and Savory Paleo Sausage Stuffing

  1. Erin Hutton says:

    The sausage stuffing looks amazing!! Recipe bookmarked!

    • elliemaeh says:

      Thank you! Glad I found your most recent recipe for rhubarb muffins . . . I have an over-abundance right now, and was brainstorming ways to use it. Muffins sound delicious!

  2. emily says:

    wow, looks like a really nice way to prepare chicken! Come on over to my tasty party!

  3. I’ve found that almost nothing makes my hubby as happy as a roasted chicken! He’d love your spice rub. Thanks for linking up to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday! See you next week!


  4. Kat says:

    I made this tonight and it was AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing!

    • elliemaeh says:

      I am so glad to hear it! It seems like the sort of recipe that would be popular in both of our families. Nick has always loved the fatty goodness of sausage -especially when it is good and spicy – and I am craving more and more fat in my diet. I guess the extra calories have to come from somewhere, and unfortunately, pastries are out of the question. I am loving looking at all the pictures you have posted recently. Your little man is getting, well, no so little anymore. And he is, as always, very handsome. (I am selfishly hoping that our son has curls.) How are you all settling in to your new location?

      • Kat says:

        It’s been nice, though hard to settle until we actually find a home to rent. It’s also a bit dangerous that beer is so much cheaper than water out here.

        So when I made the stuffing, I swapped out leeks for regular onions…the recipe was a huge hit and I gave you full credit!

      • elliemaeh says:

        It sounds like Nick’s idea of paradise. And very dangerous, indeed. We might have good microbrews here in WI, but it is a good safety net that a six-pack of New Glarus costs about eight dollars.

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  6. kankana says:

    This looks delicious . Would love to grab a huge bite. Thanks for sharing it with hearth and soul hop

  7. I am intrigued by the spice rub, it sure sounds delicious! Thanks for linking with the Hearth n Soul hop!

  8. hellaD says:

    Oh yes, I am definitely drooling, sausage and chicken and a great way to make the skin nice and crispy! Can’t wait to get my hands on a chicken now! Thanks for sharing with GFT bloghop 🙂

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  10. great tip on salting and “drying” the chicken for a crispy skin….nothing like crispy chicken skin..makes my mouth water just thinking about it! your stuffing sounds amazing…you must know how envious i am of your home”grown”, fresh raised and locally butchered food….lucky! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

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