Roast Chicken with Pineapple Stuffing

Course : Chicken
Serves: 4
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3 pound Chicken -- with giblets
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
1 Ounces Butter
10 Ounces Chicken stock
1 1/4 pound Canned pineapple rings -- drained
1 1/2 Ounces Butter
1/2 medium Lemon -- grated zest
2 Ounces Fresh white breadcrumbs
3 Ounces Walnuts -- coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
2 Ounces Walnuts -- finely chopped
1 Sprig watercress

Preparation / Directions:

Bring the chicken to room temperature. Heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Wipe the chicken inside and out and season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. To make the stuffing, reserve 4 pineapple rings for the garnish. Roughly chop the remaining rings. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the grated lemon zest, fresh white breadcrumbs, chopped pineapple and walnuts. SEason with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Fill the neck end of the bird with the stuffing and truss. Spread the butter over the chicken and cover with greaseproof paper. Place the chicken in a roasting tin, surround with giblets if desired and roast in the oven for 1 hour. Remove the greaseproof paper, baste the chicken with the juices. Cook for a further 30 mins. Transfer the chicken to a heated serving platter and keep warm. Drain off the surplus fat from the pan and pour in the stock. Boil for 3 mins over a high heat to reduce the liquid slightly, stirring occasionally. Correct the seasoning. Chop the remaining pineapple into chunks, toss with the finely chopped walnuts and arrange round the chicken. Garnish with sprigs of watercress. Strain the sauce into a sauce-boat, and serve with the chicken.

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