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Stuffed Chicken Leg with Bacon, Porcini, Walnuts and a Date Sauce

This stuffed chicken leg should do the trick for a special occasion like Valentine's Day, date night or anytime you need something a little extra nice.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 596kcal
Cost 10€/ $12


  • 2 pc chicken legs skin on, deboned
  • 14 pc bacon strips thin slices
  • 1 tsp olive oil

For the Stuffing

  • 150 g ground pork
  • 20 g porcini dried
  • ½ bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 20 g walnuts about 3 tbsp
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cracked black pepper

For the Date Sauce

  • 80 g dates, pitted about 12 dates
  • 100 ml dry white wine
  • 250 ml chicken stock low sodium
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 1/16 tsp xanthan gum optional
  • ½ tsp sherry vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Blend the dried porcini mushroom in blender until a powder is formed.
    Blending the porcini mushroom in the blender.
  • Toast the walnuts in the oven for 5 minutes and allow them to cook completely. Roughly chop them.
    toasting the walnuts on a tray.
  • Mix everything for the stuffing together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
    Mixing the ingredients for the stuffing.
  • Put two sheets of tin foil on your cutting board horizontally. Add a bit of olive oil.
    A little bit of olive oil on the tin foil.
  • Line the bacon strips vertically, slightly overlapping each other as shown. 
    Put the chicken leg skin side down on the bacon.
    Season with salt and pepper. Add the filling and try to fill out any gaps in the meat.
    Stuffing the chicken into a roll.
  • Roll the chicken closed and tighten well. Be careful not to tighten too much or the foil will rip.
    Rolling the chicken closed.
  • Bring a shallow pan with water to just under a boil. Poach in a shallow pan for 25 minutes. The water should stay hot, just under a boil but not boiling.
    Poaching the chicken in water.
  • Remove from the water, place on a plate with a paper towel and chill in the fridge. Set a timer for 30 minutes. Don't overchill.
    Letting the chicken chill on a plate.
  • Remove the tin foil carefully and dry on paper towels. 
    Drying the chicken again.
  • Get a cast iron pan medium-hot and add the oil. Once the oil is hot, sear the stuffed chicken until all sides are beautiful and golden brown.
    Be careful as the oil will splatter a bit if the chicken is not dry enough.
    Searing the stuffed chicken leg.
  • Once the chicken is nicely browned on all sides, remove from the pan and keep in a warm place. Cover with a bit of tin foil.
  • Discard the cooking oil from the cast iron and put back on the heat. Add the dates and fry for 1-2 minutes. Deglaze with the wine. Reduce by half (about 1-2 minutes).
    Making the date sauce.
  • Add the chicken stock and reduce again by half (about 5 minutes). The sauce should fill about 250ml with the dates before you blend.
  • Transfer to a blender. Add the rest of the ingredients for the date sauce and blend. If the sauce is too thick then add more chicken stock. If it's too thin then add a bit more xanthan gum.
  • Slice the chicken with a bread knife or really sharp knife. Season with black pepper, Maldon salt and pour the sauce at the table.
    Enjoy with your favourite vegetable sides!
    Stuffed chicken leg with bacon, herbs, porcini, walnut and a date sauce on a board with wine and broccoli.


Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 866mg | Potassium: 939mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1394IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3mg
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