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This chicken and stuffing recipe is the perfect one dish meal to make on a busy weeknight or to take to a new mom! My family gobbles up this chicken and stuffing recipe every time I make it!
Chicken and Stuffing Recipe
The perfect one dish meal for a busy night!
It’s baby season around here! For the last year all of my friends have been having adorable babies and in just a few weeks it’ll be my turn! 🙂 Whenever one of our friends give birth we all get together and set up a meal train for her and her family. Meal trains are the BEST gift you can give a new mom….especially when she has other children at home! We usually try to deliver one dinner and one snack each just to make her life a little easier those first few days that she’s home with the new baby. BUT, you have to be careful with the meal that you chose to provide because there’s certain foods new moms should stay away from…..I always try to avoid meals with a tomato base or dairy because those foods affect the baby through mom’s breast milk.
Most people think baking a lasagna or spaghetti is a great dish to take to new moms but in reality it’s one of the worst! I’m not saying she won’t be grateful for your kind gesture but those dishes could actually make her life a little more difficult. Tomato based meals can upset baby’s tummy through the mom’s breastmilk. A gassy baby is no fun…trust me! When Little Man was born I couldn’t eat anything with tomato or else there would be hours and hours of him screaming because of a belly ache! 🙁 Many moms have the same problems with dairy…especially cheese based meals. That’s why this chicken and stuffing recipe is my go to meal for new moms!
This chicken and stuffing recipe is perfect for new moms because it’s hearty, healthy, and is gentle on babies tummies. Now, if the mom isn’t breastfeeding then take whatever you think they will like to eat because it won’t matter. 🙂 I don’t normally cook this meal before taking it over…that way they can make it whenever they want. I’ll put all of the ingredients into a disposable baking pan…that way mom doesn’t have to worry about returning anything.
1 Whole Chicken
2 Oranges or Tangerines…Cuties work too….really whatever citrus fruit you have laying around.
12-16oz bag of stuffing- mix up according to directions
1 bag of peeled mini carrots
1 TBS Butter
1 TBS Brown Sugar
Dash salt & pepper
Spray baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Remove neck and gizzards from whole chicken….you’ll usually find these inside the cavity.
Sprinkle salt and pepper over chicken…get under the skin.
Peel oranges and place some inside the chicken cavity and under the skin on top of the breasts.
Mix together stuffing according to package instructions….hint: if the directions call for water use chicken broth instead…it’ll taste so much better…and make sure you save the chicken to make this homemade chicken broth that’s packed full of nutrients!
Spoon stuffing into baking dish and surround chicken.
Rinse carrots and place in baking dish around chicken.
Melt butter and brown sugar.
Drizzle brown sugar mixture over carrots.
Cover in aluminum foil.
This is the point where I would deliver the meal to the new mom with instructions to bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours. Internal temp of chicken should be at least 180 degrees.
- 1 Whole Chicken
- 2 Oranges or Tangerines...Cuties work too....really whatever citrus fruit you have laying around.
- 12-16oz bag of stuffing- mix up according to directions
- 1 bag of peeled mini carrots
- 1 TBS Butter
- 1 TBS Brown Sugar
- Dash salt & pepper
- Spray baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Remove neck and gizzards from whole chicken....you'll usually find these inside the cavity.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper over chicken...get under the skin.
- Peel oranges and place some inside the chicken cavity and under the skin on top of the breasts.
- Mix together stuffing according to package instructions....hint: if the directions call for water use chicken broth instead...it'll taste so much better.
- Spoon stuffing into baking dish and surround chicken.
- Rinse carrots and place in baking dish around chicken.
- Melt butter and brown sugar.
- Drizzle brown sugar mixture over carrots.
- Cover in aluminum foil.
- This is the point where I would deliver the meal to the new mom with instructions to bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours. Internal temp of chicken should be at least 180 degrees.
I love making one dish meals because they’re oh so simple to throw together on a busy night and go do something else while it’s baking. Plus, there’s less dishes to clean up later!
What’s your favorite meal to take to new moms? Share in the comments below.