Recipe courtesy of Stephen Kalt

Brick Roasted Chicken with Chestnut Stuffing and Chicken Jus

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 16 hr
  • Prep: 14 hr
  • Cook: 2 hr
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2- 3 pound chickens

4 tablespoons oil

2 cloves garlic, mashed

2 tablespoons marjoram, chopped

Zest of 2 lemons

2 tablespoons oil


2 ounces oil

2 ounces butter

1 cup diced carrots

1 cup diced onions

1 cup diced celery

1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

2 quarts stale focaccia, cut into 1-inch cubes

4 ounces chicken stock

4 ounces cider

1 pound roasted, peeled, and cleaned chestnuts cut into quarters

Salt and pepper, to taste


2 ounces olive oil

Bones from chicken

8 cloves garlic

1 cup shallots, roughly chopped

1 cup white wine

1 cup port wine

1 quart chicken stock

1 quart veal stock

2 ounces butter

Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut backs, collarbones and wing tips from chickens and reserve.
  3. In a bowl combine oil, garlic, marjoram, and lemon zest. Place chicken in marinade and marinate for up to 12 hours.
  4. In a hot skillet Chef heats oil and places chicken skin side down. Wrap a brick or weight in foil and place on top of each piece of chicken. Reduce heat and brown chicken slowly. When skin is evenly browned, turn chicken over, pour off fat, and replace brick on top of chicken. Place skillet in oven for about 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add oil and butter to a hot casserole. Sweat carrots, onions, and celery and cook until soft, but without color. Remove from heat and add marjoram and thyme. In a bowl combine focaccia, vegetables, hot stock, cider, and chestnuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Place in covered baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.
  3. Yield: 8 servings


  1. Heat a casserole and add olive oil. Adds bones and begin browning. Reduce heat to avoid burning. Continue to brown for about 20 minutes. Add garlic and shallots and roast for 10 minutes. Pour off fat and add wine and port. Reduce to near dry. Add stocks and reduce to
  2. desired consistency. Strain through a sieve. Finish with oil and butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Assembly: Plate chicken with Chestnut stuffing, Chicken jus, polenta cakes, and Sauteed Swiss Chard
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