Oat-Stuffed Chicken Legs

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Oat-Stuffed Chicken Legs

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:1 hour
Special equipment:Roasting pan
This recipe appears in: British Bites: Oat-Stuffed Chicken Legs


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 10 ounces button mushrooms, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 chicken legs, thigh bone removed


  1. 1

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 425º. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium high heat until melted. Add shallots and cook until beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add rosemary, and chopped mushrooms. Cook stirring often until mushrooms release their liquid and begin to brown, about 8 minutes. Add oats and toast for 1 minutes then add chicken stock and cook until liquid has been absorbed, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow to cool to room temperature.

  2. 2

    Place onions in the bottom of a roasting pan and toss with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the filling between the pocket of each chicken thigh where the bone was removed. Place chicken on top of onions seam side down and roast until the chicken is golden brown and an instant read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165°F, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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