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Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken - meat

Posted by : Miriam Podcameni Posvolsky

4 baby chickens (about 1 lb each)
1 lb fresh mushrooms, mixed varieties
2 cups breadcrumbs (See note)
3 Tbsp  olive oil 
1/4 cup onion -- chopped
3 Tbsp parsley -- chopped
1 lemon
2 shallots
3 large basil leaves -- chopped
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp oregano
1 bay leaf -- crumbled
2 cups chicken stock
pinch cayenne
salt and pepper -- to  taste
foil -- to wrap chickens
 1. Bone chickens, leave skin on 
 2. Season with lemon, salt and pepper and chill 3 hours.
 3. Cook onions in oil until transparent. Stir in chopped 
    shallots, crushed garlic and mushrooms. Season with salt
    and pepper and cook until liquid has evaporated.
 4. Stir in dried herbs. Cook 1 minute.
 5. Stir in breadcrumbs and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
    Stir in parsley and basil. Add 1/4 cup chicken stock and 
    stir to combine. Let cool
 6. Remove chickens from the refrigerator and dry pieces well.
 7. Oil 4 squares of foil. Place 1 chicken, skin side down on 
    each. Place 2 to 3 T filling on top, and re-shape. Close 
    foil tightly around it to seal well
 9. Place packages in an oiled pyrex and add 1/4 cup of stock.
 10 Bake in a 425 F oven (pre heated) for 45 minutes, adding 
    more stock as needed.
 11 Remove from oven and remove foil. Bake another 15 to 20 
    minutes or until golden brown.
 12. Let cool a little and cut in half lenghtwise. Serve with 
    sauce left in pyrex.
 Note: For Pesach, you can substitute ground Matza

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