Santa Stuffed Chicken
It’s like stuffing a sack full of wonderful gifts, but instead stuffing a chicken with colourful tastes!
Delibird is a dual-type Ice/Flying Pokémon introduced in Generation 2. Delibird is a red, penguin-like Pokémon with a white, hollow tail. Its face and chest are covered in white feathers with two, three-pointed crests above its eyes. Black markings surround its circular eyes, and it has a light yellow beak and feet. There is a single white spot on its stomach. Its feet have two digits each.
Delibird is omnivorous. It carries food bundled up in its tail. It normally gives stored food to its chicks, but has been known to share its food with humans stranded on icy mountains. Delibird’s signature move, Present, allows it to carry special items in its tail that may cause damage or heal its opponent. In a flock, the Delibird with the largest tail is its leader. Delibird tends to live in mountainous regions, making its nests over sharp cliffs; one notable area of the world is around Mt. Everest.
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Dill (chopped)
1 tbsp Parsley (chopped)
2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
4 Chicken Breasts (boneless, skinless)
1 Courgette (halved lengthways and thinly sliced)
2 Tomatoes (halved and thinly sliced)
0.5 Red Onion (sliced into half moons)
1 Orange (halved and thinly sliced)
50g Feta (crumbed)
100g Mozzarella (torn)
There have been a few pokemon who have appeared to help Santa in Pokemon episodes. Team Rocket is convinced a Jynx is Santa in “Holiday Hi-Jynx”. In the same episode, a Lapras was sent by Santa to return the Jynx to the North Pole. In “Stantler’s Little Helpers”, a Stantler helped pulled Santa’s sleigh. But more notably, in “Delibird’s Dilemma”, a Delibird acts as a Santa Clause by giving gifts to Pokemon. In the games, Delibird’s signature move, Present, can either deal damage against the target or heal it for 1/4 of its maximum HP. Delibird also has a Santa-like appearance with its red and white colouring, and beard-like breast below its face.
For Delibird, I’ve filled chicken breasts with colourful fruit and vegetables to represent the Pokemon. Whilst a lemon is often used with chicken, I’ve decided to use an orange to match the St. Nicholas tradition:
“St. Nicholas traveled to the house, and tossed three sacks of gold down the chimney for each of the dowries. The gold happened to land in each of the girls’ stockings which were hanging by the fire to dry. The oranges we receive today are a symbol of the gold that was left in the stockings.”
Oranges were a treat, especially during the 1930’s, and finding one in your stocking was considered a luxury. In Northern countries they were also quite scarce so they were too a treat during the holiday season.
Step by Step Instructions
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Place the chicken on a baking tray and make 4-5 slits in each breast, making sure not to cut through completely.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, dill, parsley, and garlic. Drizzle over the chicken breasts making sure the mixtures gets into the slits. Season with salt and pepper.
Stuff each chicken breast with courgette, tomato, red onion and orange slices. Sprinkle over the crumbed feta and mozzarella. If you can’t fit all the veg in, bake alongside.
Bake until the chicken is cooked, for 25 minutes. Garnish with extra dill and parsley and serve warm.
Santa Stuffed Chicken
- Baking Tray
- 3 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tbsp Dill chopped
- 1 tbsp Parsley chopped
- 2 Garlic Cloves minced
- 4 Chicken Breasts boneless, skinless
- 1 Courgette halved lengthways and thinly sliced
- 2 Tomatoes halved and thinly sliced
- 0.5 Red Onion sliced into half moons
- 1 Orange halved and thinly sliced
- 50 g Feta crumbed
- 100 g Mozzarella torn
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Place the chicken on a baking tray and make 4-5 slits in each breast, making sure not to cut through completely.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, dill, parsley, and garlic. Drizzle over the chicken breasts making sure the mixtures gets into the slits. Season with salt and pepper.
- Stuff each chicken breast with courgette, tomato, red onion and orange slices. Sprinkle over the crumbed feta and mozzarella. If you can't fit all the veg in, bake alongside.
- Bake until the chicken is cooked, for 25 minutes. Garnish with extra dill and parsley and serve warm.
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