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Whole Roasted Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Celery Stuffing [Recipe]

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Ever since I tried roasting chicken with stuffing, there’s just no going back for me! There’s something incredibly comforting and delicious about a whole roasted chicken stuffed to perfection. Today, I’m excited to share my favorite way to prepare it—stuffed with a savory blend of bacon and celery. This recipe is a game changer for your dinner routine, creating a meal that’s both heartwarming and thoroughly satisfying.

Why Will You Love this Recipe?

  • Flavorful and Juicy: The stuffing made with bacon and celery not only infuses the chicken with moisture but also with rich, savory flavors that permeate every bite.
  • Perfect for Gatherings: This dish is a show-stopper, ideal for special occasions or family dinners. It’s sure to impress with its beautiful presentation and tantalizing aroma.
  • Comfort Food at its Best: There’s a real homeliness to a whole roasted chicken that just feels like a hug in food form. It’s a complete meal that brings everyone around the table.
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Recipe Variations

  • Different Stuffings: Feel free to experiment with the stuffing by adding different herbs, nuts, or even fruits like apples for a touch of sweetness.
  • Spice it Up: If you enjoy a bit of heat, add some chili flakes or extra cayenne pepper to the spice mix for the chicken. It’ll give a nice kick that contrasts beautifully with the rich stuffing.
  • Vegetarian Option: For a vegetarian twist, substitute the bacon with chopped mushrooms or diced butternut squash for a hearty, flavorful stuffing.

Tools You’ll Need

  • Roasting Pan: A good-sized roasting pan is essential to comfortably fit the chicken and ensure it cooks evenly.
  • Skillet: You’ll need a skillet for cooking the stuffing ingredients, helping to blend their flavors before stuffing the chicken.
  • Meat Thermometer: Ensuring your chicken is cooked perfectly without drying out is crucial. A meat thermometer will help you cook your roast chicken to the right temperature.

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Whole Roasted Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Celery

Author: Laura Bais
This delicious stuffed roast chicken with its crispy skin and flavorful, moist interior paired with hearty vegetables makes for a delightful meal that brings comfort and joy to any table. Enjoy the process and the feast!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people



  • 5.3 ounces bacon diced
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1.8 ounces celery
  • 2 teaspoons parsley chopped
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 4 pound whole chicken
  • Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, rosemary, oregano for seasoning

Side Dish

  • 2.4 pounds potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • teaspoons oregano
  • Pepper and cayenne pepper to taste


Preparing the Stuffing

  • In a skillet, fry the diced bacon until crispy. Remove from heat.
  • In the same skillet using the bacon fat, sauté the onion first, then add the celery. Cook until they are soft.
  • Add the chopped parsley, breadcrumbs, a pinch of salt, and pepper to the skillet. Mix in the crispy bacon, then remove from heat.

Stuffing and Roasting the Chicken

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Season the cavity of the chicken with salt and pepper, then fill it with the prepared stuffing.
  • Truss the chicken, then rub the outside with a mix of salt, pepper, cayenne, rosemary, and oregano.
  • Place the chicken in a roasting pan and surround it with the prepared potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic. Season the vegetables with salt, paprika, oregano, pepper, and cayenne.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for about 90 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Keyword roast chicken, stuffed chicken, Thanksgiving
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