Make your Christmas extra special with a festive twist on a roast chicken. It not only looks pretty, it tastes delicious too!

Ingredients (makes 1 Large 2kg chicken with stuffing)

  • 1 x 2Kg Inghams Whole fresh chicken
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 Brown onion, halved and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup Dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup Unsalted pistachio kernels, finely chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 cups Fresh breadcrumbs (approximately 8 pieces of day old white bread)
  • 1 Egg, lightly whisked
  • 1/3 cup Finely chopped fresh continental parsley


  1. To make the stuffing, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, cranberries, pistachio and garlic and cook, stirring until onion softens. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, remove crusts from the bread (discard) and cut into chunks. Place into a food processor and pulse until the bread is broken down into smaller crumbs. You don’t want them to be super fine, so make sure to not over process
  3. Place the pistachio mixture in a bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, egg and parsley and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat oven to 190C. Rinse chicken cavities under cold running water, and pat dry with paper towel inside and out.
  5. Spoon the pistachio mixture into the chicken cavity. Close cavity opening with toothpicks and tie the legs together with un waxed white kitchen string.
  6. Line a large roasting pan with non-stick baking paper or alfoil, and place the chicken in the pan. Brush with oil and season with sea salt and pepper.
  7. Roast for around 1 hour and 45 minutes (25 minutes per 500g of meat in an electric oven) or until juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the thigh.
  8. Cover with foil and set aside for 10 minutes to rest. Place chicken on serving platters and serve with pistachio stuffing and parsley.

  • Definitely a cheaper option for Christmas dinner too. Turkey is so expensive, roast chicken is just as yummy


  • Looks like a crowd pleaser


  • Looks interesting and nice to have a different stuffing.


  • I look forward to making this for the family, thanks.


  • Oh that looks delicious! I love roast chook!


  • Winner winner chicken dinner! Looks so good and easy!


  • That’s an interesting way to update roast niceness for Christmas.


  • Perfect roast for the festive season I love the pistachio and cranberry combo it sounds delicious


  • We don’t often experiment with our stuffing though it sounds like we should thanks!!

    • Why not! You will never know what you’re missing out on if you don’t try new things!


  • Ooh this sounds delish, have to hang on to this recipe. Mmm…


  • This is so inspiring. I would like to dig in!! :-)


  • Love your recipe,l would make this all year round,it looks so good!

    • Why not! If something tastes good it’s a shame to only eat it once a year!


  • This lovely looking chicken and I like the way you have cooked it. The stuffing looks and sounds amazing too.

    • Thank you. I was impressed with the taste of it, lovely flavors!


  • I love the look of this roast chicken recipe – the stuffing sounds utterly delicious and I love pistachios.


  • The chicken has a lovely golden colour

    • Thank you, brushing with oil before cooking and not using an oven bag to roast it made it this beautiful colour

      • This technique does indeed make a chicken golden and crispy and brown and I love crispy skin chicken.


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