Preparation time: 35 mins
Cooking time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 8-10 servings
â€¢1-1/2 cups uncooked brown rice
â€¢2 fresh Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage links
â€¢2 tablespoons vegetable oil
â€¢1 cup chopped onion
â€¢5 garlic cloves, minced
â€¢1/2 cup diced green pepper
â€¢1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper
â€¢1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
â€¢1 tablespoon lemon juice
â€¢1 teaspoon dried basil
â€¢1/2 teaspoon sugar
â€¢1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
â€¢1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
â€¢1/4 teaspoon chili powder
â€¢1/4 teaspoon pepper
â€¢1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
â€¢1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
â€¢1 cup diced fully cooked ham
â€¢1 cup cooked small shrimp, peeled and deveined, optional
â€¢3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
â€¢1 roasting chicken (5 to 6 pounds)
â€¢1/2 teaspoon paprika
â€¢In a large saucepan, cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook sausages in oil until a thermometer reads 160°. Remove sausages, reserving drippings. When cool enough to handle, cut sausages in half lengthwise, then into 1/4-in. pieces; set aside.
â€¢ Saute onion, garlic and peppers in drippings until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, lemon juice, basil, sugar, hot pepper sauce, bouillon, chili powder, pepper, thyme and 1 teaspoon salt; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add to the cooked rice. Stir in ham, shrimp if desired, parsley and sausage; mix lightly.
â€¢ Just before baking, stuff the chicken with about 3-1/2 cups stuffing. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish; cover and refrigerate. Place chicken on a rack in a roasting pan; tie drumsticks together. Combine paprika, pepper and remaining salt; rub over chicken.
â€¢ Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/2 hours, basting every 30 minutes. Cover and bake 1-1/2 hours longer or until juices run clear. Bake additional stuffing for the last 40 minutes of baking time, uncovering during the last 10 minutes. Yield: 8-10 servings (8 cups stuffing).