Chickens Stuffed with Chorizo and Spinach

The spicy chorizo sausage is a welcome complement to mild roast chicken.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 10 hours 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy


Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 chickens (3 lbs. each)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted cumin
  • 2 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 5 Tbsp. chopped garlic, divided
  • 4 large links of hard dried Spanish chorizo
  • 1 Spanish onion, diced
  • 1 box (12–14 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced green olives, drained
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Directions

  • Rinse the chickens under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels, including the cavities. Combine the olive oil, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of the garlic to create a paste. Rub the paste on the outside of the chickens. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large sauté pan, over medium-high heat, cook the chorizo and onion for about 5 to 8 minutes, until it starts to brown. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and the chicken stock and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes. Add the green olives and salt and pepper. Allow the filling to cool before stuffing the chickens.
  • Divide the stuffing equally between the cavities of the 2 chickens. Place them in a roasting pan on top of a wire rack. Surround with rosemary and cinnamon sticks. Roast for about 1 to 1½ hours or until the leg meat starts to pull away from the bone. The internal temperature should reach between 160 to 165°F. Allow the chicken to rest in a warm place under a tin foil tent for about 20 minutes before carving.