Fennel sausage stuffed chicken thighs with salt baked potato and beetroots
I haven’t eaten a lot of meat lately, and I had an order for chicken for dinner. I could have done a whole roast chicken but fennel sausage at Robson’s the butcher caught my eye. I have never seen fennel sausage there before, but saying that I could have been blind. Either way I love the flavour, it is mild yet very distinct. They had some very plump looking boned and skinned chicken thighs and their bacon is always good! In the end I bought all three meats and happily headed home to get started.
Fennel sausage stuffed chicken thighs
Preperation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 25 minutes
Oven 175C or about 350F
- chicken thighs, 2 pp (I bought 8)
- 1 bacon rash per chicken thigh
- 2 fennel sausages
- chopped parsley
- 3.5 dl chicken stock
- 2 tbsp tomato sauce or salsa
- 1 tbsp low fat creme fraiche
- 2 tbsp fruity vinegar
- salt & pepper
Rinse the chicken thighs and pat dry. Salt and pepper on the inside. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and add sausage meat, 1 sausage is enough for 4 chicken thighs. Wrap a rash of bacon around and string it up to make sure the filling stays inside the roll.
Pan fry the chicken rolls to make sure they are browned all around. Add chicken stock and tomato sauce with some more chopped parsley and place in the oven for 25 minutes.
I baked some new potatoes and beetroots on salt to have with it. I also had some broccoli that I steamed with chilli. I then added a pinch of sea salt, fruity vinegar and last I added a drizzle of olive oil.
When the chicken was cooked I removed the chicken and boiled the sauce down for a few minutes. Last I added the creme fraiche, the vinegar and a twist of pepper before serving.
I like the difference in texture from each meat, the soft sausage meat, the tender chicken and the lovely bacon. I have never stuffed chicken thighs before but I will do it again. They have so much flavour and they are cheaper than the breast and works just as well. It was a simple but very nice dinner full of flavour and different textures and it made the house smell lovely whilst cooking!