November 26, 2010

Chicken Relleno

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One of the must-have dishes for Noche Buena, the feast served at Christmas midnight in the Philippines is Chicken Relleno, a whole boneless chicken stuffed with ground pork and seasonings and baked until golden brown. The dish is usually cooked-to-order from stores or the household cooks prepare them. Whether it's homemade or store-bought the Chicken Relleno is always at the center of the Filipino Christmas dinner table celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Chicken Relleno
by Glenda Rosales-Barretto

2½ pounds whole chicken
2 teaspoons sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon soft butter for brushing

4 pieces Vienna sausage, chopped
2 pieces Spanish chorizo, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound ground pork
¼ cup roasted red bell pepper, diced
¼ cup sliced stuffed olives
3 tablespoons raisins
3 tablespoons grated Edam cheese
2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 hard boiled eggs
  • Debone the chicken then season inside and out with salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the stuffing ingredients except hard boiled eggs. Fry a teaspoon of the filling and adjust seasoning if needed. Stuff the chicken with the mixture and arrange the hard boiled eggs by pushing the meat filling along the sides of the cavity. Sew the opening securely with kitchen thread.
  • Brush the chicken all over with the soft butter. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 1½ hours or until the skin is golden brown.
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Caroline said...

Another dish I am planning to make for Noche Buena this year. Your relyenong manok looks awesome.

mommy j said...

All I can say is, 'yum'. A christmas table will be perfect with a dish like this!

Gizelle said...

gosh that looks so perfect!!! Love the prawns below too! (I need to learn how to debone! :D hehe)

maiylah said...

gosh, it has been ages since i ate stuffed chicken...pag christmas usually it's the homemade ham that's the "star of the night", lol.
i don't get this from your instructions, though...
"Fry a teaspoon of the filling and adjust seasoning if needed. Stuff the chicken..."
Just a teaspoon? hehe, sensya na ha..sometimes i do tend to be too literal. :D

Trissa said...

I am very impressed - how amazing is your Relleno?! You did it beautifully - thanks for sharing it - I'm so inspired to try it now for Christmas.

Juliana said...

Oggi, this chicken looks the idea of the stuffing...and when you cut the chicken the pieces are so pretty :-)

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