Chester With Herbal Olive Oil and Winter Squash Stuffing

Switch out your traditional holiday ham with this herb-infused olive oil chicken paired with a winter squash stuffing.


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons sage, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Perdigão Chester (large chicken)
  • Stuffing:
  • 1/2 winter squash, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Add olive oil to a small saucepan and heat for 10 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, add rosemary, sage, thyme and garlic. Add the oil and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. In a mixing bowl, add the winter squash, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, crushed garlic, salt and black pepper. Add the cinnamon and rosemary and mix well. Set aside.
  5. Remove the offal from the Chester's insides and dry the skin with a paper towel.
  6. Stuff the Chester with the winter squash, tie the legs with string and season with salt and black pepper.
  7. Poke holes in the skin and tuck in the wings. Brush the herb oil all over the surface of the Chester.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 degrees and brush again with the herb oil. Roast for another 60 minutes until the skin is golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.