Stove-Top Boxed Stuffing with a Home-Made Twist

In our house, there are times when using a box mix with a few “scratch” ingredients makes for the perfect short cut to a wonderful meal or side dish. When it comes to chicken, Hubby is a huge fan of mashed potatoes and gravy. Kiddo and I are potato eaters, too. Yet there are times when stuffing is great to satisfy the side-dish craving. This is especially true when serving up breaded-baked chicken with a side of green vegetables such as Zapped Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon. Stuffing simply rounds out the meal beautifully.

While putting together next week’s meal planner, I realized my almost home-made stuffing is one of those taken for granted recipes that I had yet to share.

I know, stove-top stuffing on its own can be a bit dry and boring. This is especially true for those of us who look for flavor in every bite. However; with very little effort, that convenient box of Stove-Top Stuffing can be transformed into an almost home-made side. The addition of fresh chopped vegetables, chicken stock and a kiss of poultry season will elevate a boxed stuffing into something special.

Easy Stove-Top Chicken Stuffing
3/4 Cup Chopped Celery
1 Small Onion chopped
1/2 Cup Butter, divided
1 Teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
1 1/2 Cups Chicken Stock (broth is okay)
1 Box Chicken Flavored Stove-Top Stuffing

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a sauce pan over low heat until just beginning to foam.

While butter melts, chop celery and onion. Set aside until ready to use.

Saute vegetables in butter over medium heat until just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Season with poultry seasoning.

Add Chicken Stock to the pan, bring to a rolling boil. Add remaining 1/4 cup butter. Once butter has melted, stir to blend.

Empty Stove-Top Stuffing into the pot. Lower heat and allow stuffing to absorb the liquid. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork. To serve, place stuffing into a decorative serving bowl.

Serve alongside your favorite chicken recipe. Two of our favorite Chicken dishes to have with stuffing are Super Moist Breaded Ranch Chicken and Kid-Friendly President’s Day Supper – Chicken Tenders (not just for holidays).

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