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Newfoundland Dressing stuffed chicken breasts

Newfoundland Dressing

A very simple to prepare, traditional Newfoundland savoury and onion dressing (stuffing) for poultry.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Newfoundland
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings


  • 4 cups coarse bread crumbs
  • 2-4 tbsp dried savoury
  • ½ small onion chopped
  • 1 clove minced garlic optional
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to season


  1. In a small skillet, slowly sauté the chopped onion (and garlic if desired) in the butter over low heat until the onions are soft. Meanwhile combine the bread crumbs, savoury, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the cooked onions and chicken stock and toss well to combine all the ingredients.
  2. Use as a stuffing for any poultry including game birds.
  3. To cook in the oven just place in a small covered casserole dish and bake in a low oven 250-300 degrees F for about ½ hour. You may want to add a little more stock when using this method.
  4. The photo shows the dressing used to stuff chicken breasts but you will notice that I have added a little finely grated carrot to the mix...one of my Mom's ideas.

Recipe Notes

I very rarely cook this dressing inside the bird nowadays, especially with chicken where now I prefer to use this 1 hour method for juicy roast chicken. Instead I now make it in a small casserole dish in a low oven. The warming drawer in our stove is also hot enough on high to do this, You just need to ensure that it hits 175 - 185 degrees F on a meat thermometer if you are adding chicken stock as we do.

I increase the chicken stock to about 3/4 cup in this instance and cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil before adding the lid in order to help keep the moisture it. Give the dressing a toss, once or twice during the cooking time.

Making Newfoundland Dressing Stuffed Chicken Breasts.

When using the stuffing inside chicken breasts as pictured, I like to use the largest breasts I can find and preserve as much of the skin as possible. Usually, I debone the breasts myself, then I butterfly cut the breasts in order to open them up into as close a rectangular shape as possible. Then, I add the stuffing, fold it all together and use 3 pieces of butcher string to hold it all in place.

I rub the outside with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper and open roast at 400 degrees F for about 40 - 45 minutes depending upon the size of the breasts. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure the inside middle temperature is 175 to 185 degrees F.