One day, when I was lounging around the house, I stumbled across Gordan Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery course and found myself watching 5 episodes one after another. Although his reputation in the United States is one of an angry chef with a foul mouth, he actually knows his way around the kitchen. In his show, he showcases 100 recipes that he claims you can stake your life on. I have marked down several that I want to try including this roast chicken with chorizo stuffing. After watching the video and preparing the dish myself, my respect for Gordon Ramsay has reached another level; the dish is just that good.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
For anyone looking for a turkey substitute for Thanksgiving, this is the perfect dish! You have your stuffing and meat in one dish, cutting your prep and cooking time.
Chorizo is a Spanish style sausage that can be sold either fresh or smoked. Purchase the smoked chorizo for this particular recipe. You can substitute the chorizo for another type of sausage but the smokey, spicy pork works very well with this dish.
The stuffing already is so tasty on its own that it can be enjoyed even before it is cooked inside the chicken. I’ve always been hesitant to prepare any stuffed meats but I recently discovered that if the stuffing is warm before it is placed inside the poultry, the chicken will not dry out (this also applies to stuffed turkey).
One hour later, remove the cover to allow the bird to brown and crisp up.
It is important to let the chicken rest before cutting. This allows the juices to permeate throughout the chicken and yields a juicy, moist bird. For directions on how to break down the chicken, watch Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course.
Just by the stuffing alone, I knew that this dish would be a winner. The sweet and tart sun-dried tomatoes with the spicy chorizo and hearty beans served with perfectly seasoned, juicy chicken is a perfect dinner. Drizzling the au jus on top rounds out the dish by adding back the natural juices into the food. Gordon Ramsay, you were right, I can stake my life on this recipe.