Hot cross bun-stuffed roast chicken

Hot cross bun-stuffed roast chicken

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • 20 minutes
  • 1 1⁄2– 2 hours


  • 100 g butter
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 250 g Woolworths traditional or extra-spicy hot cross buns, roughly torn
  • ⅓ cup chicken stock
  • 1 t thyme, chopped
  • 70 g walnuts, chopped
  • ⅓ cup dried figs, chopped
  • 1 free-range chicken
  • 2 T olive oil, for drizzling
  • 20 g butter, melted, for basting
  • 2 T honey, for basting
  • 8 figs, havled (optional)

Cooking Instructions

Preheat to the oven to 180°C.

To make the stuffing, melt 100 g butter in a pan. Add the finely chopped red onion and chopped cloves garlic and soften over a low heat for 5 minutes. Roughly tear the Woolworths traditional or extra-spicy hot cross buns and toast in a dry pan until golden. Add to the first pan with ⅓ cup chicken stock, chopped thyme, walnuts and dried figs. Season and combine. Stuff into the cavity of the free-range chicken and tie the legs together with string.

Drizzle the chicken with olive oil. Place in a roasting pan with butter and roast for 1 1⁄2 – 2 hours. Add a little water to the bottom of the pan to prevent the chicken from drying out. After 1 hour, baste the chicken with 20 g melted butter and 2 T honey. Add halved figs to the roasting tray for the last 10 minutes of cooking time if you like. Serve with creamed cauliflower.

Cook's note: Take a traditional hot cross bun, toast it, spread with lashings of good butter and add a drizzle of honey. Enjoy with a cup of strong coffee. Repeat. And if you’re a non-purist (we all like to experiment a little), make this hot cross bun-stuffed roast chicken, or a hot cross bun “bread-and-butter” pudding with your favourite version from Woolies’ wide selection: chocolate, apricot and white chocolate, extra spicy, fruit free ... they’ve got your craving covered.

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Hannah Lewry Recipe by: Hannah Lewry
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