Hairy Bikers’ stuffed chicken thighs recipe

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serves: 6
Skill: medium
Cost: cheap
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 35 min
(may need upto an hour)
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  • Taken from the Hairy Bikers’ Twelve Days of Christmas on BBC2, these chicken thighs stuffed with parsley, thyme and lemon are a delicious alternative to turkey and are part of their ‘Three French Hens’ recipe


    • 6 chicken thighs
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves (crushed to a paste)
    • 2tbsp olive oil
    • 75g fresh white bread crumbs
    • 1tbsp chopped fresh parsley
    • 2tsp thyme leaves
    • 1 lemon (zest of 1 lemon, juice of half a lemon)
    • 1 egg yolk
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Little knobs of butter


    • Bone the chicken thighs leaving the skin intact.

    • For the stuffing: Heat the oil in a frying pan and sweat the onion and garlic for 5 mins or until translucent. In a bowl add the breadcrumbs, parsley, thyme, lemon zest and lemon juice. Combine well. Add the cooked onion and garlic, stir in the egg yolk and season to taste.

    • For the thighs: Lay each thigh flat and place a portion of the stuffing in the middle of each. roll up and secure with cocktail sticks.

    • Place into a roasting tin and dot with little knobs of butter.

    • Roast the thighs in a preheated oven at 180ºC, 350ºF, gas mark 5, for  35 – 40 mins, or until cooked through and golden.

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