Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Marinated Portobello Stuffed Whole Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Red Onion

This recipe is from the 2nd place winner of the Next Food Network Star, 2010. It looks long but is actually quick to throw together. I followed it exactly EXCEPT I added some white potatoes as well as the sweet potatoes because PJ doesn't like sweet ones, and after throwing everything in the pan, I drizzled the rest of the oil mixture from the mushrooms over the potatoes. This was the most flavorful, moist chicken we ever had. You can even throw it together the night before and plop it in the oven in the afternoon. Alyssa ended up not eating here last night. When she got home I started to tell her about it being that we watch the show together and she said PJ already told her how good it was. Now how's that for a compliment. Oh, I also used a 7.5 lb oven stuffer roaster, not a 3 lb one mentioned. I cooked it according to the chicken package time.

Marinated Portobello Stuffed Whole Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Red Onion

Recipe courtesy Tom Pizzica

4 servings


  • 1 (3-pound) whole fryer chicken
  • 8 slices Marinated Portobello mushrooms (4 whole portobellos), recipe follows
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Dash smoked paprika
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 8 wedges (from root to tip)
  • Olive oil, for drizzling


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Start at the cavity end of the chicken and work your finger underneath the skin. Using 2 fingers, gently separate the skin from the entire breast and then work your way to the thighs and legs.
Cook's Note: There is a little piece of skin underneath the main skin that separates the thigh meat from the breast meat, just break through this part and don't be afraid of tearing the main skin because you won't.
Take the portobello mushroom slices and lay them flat underneath the skin over the breast and thighs. Do this until all the slices of mushrooms are underneath the skin. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Place the chicken in a roasting pan.
Place the sweet potatoes and red onion in a bowl. Coat lightly with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and toss. Place the potatoes and onions around the chicken and cook for about 1 hour, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, not touching the bone, reads 165 degrees F. When the chicken is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for at least 10 minutes.
Slice and enjoy!

Marinated Portobello Mushrooms:

  • 8 portobello mushroom caps
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Brush the mushrooms carefully with a paper towel to get rid of the excess dirt. Using a spoon, carefully scrape out the gills from the underside of the portobello cap.
Slice the mushroom in half along the perimeter (like you are butterflying it) so you have 2 thin rounds, and then place them in a large bowl.
In a saute pan add the oil and place over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the garlic and the shallot and cook for no more than 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, honey, salt, and pepper and whisk vigorously.
Pour the mixture over the mushrooms and with your hands toss gently to coat, making sure there is even coverage.
Let the mushrooms stand at room temperature for at least 45 minutes.


Tracy said...

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Lynn said...

I found it on the internet but don't know where from....MUMMS the word!

Paula said...

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Have a nice time!