Christmas chicken, pumpkin mash with cranberry walnut stuffing

Dinner, Main

Christmas chicken, pumpkin mash with cranberry walnut stuffing Christmas chicken, pumpkin mash with cranberry walnut stuffing

Preparation time

10 minutes

Cooking time

35 minutes



Use a Crockpot this year to make a festive roast chicken and pumpkin mash stuffing.


  • 2kg whole chicken
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp peppercorns, freshly ground
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 5 large sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 50g softened butter
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1kg whole butternut pumpkin, peeled, halved and de-seeded
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Pine nuts, to serve (optional)
  • Fresh parsley, to serve (optional)

For the stuffing

  • 3 slices brioche loaf
  • ¼ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 tsp brandy (optional)


  1. For the stuffing, in a medium bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Pour over the chicken stock, butter and brandy (if using) and mix until well combined (be gentle, otherwise it gets mushy.)
  2. Fill the chicken cavity with the brioche stuffing. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, garlic, sage and butter.
  3. Press BROWN/SEAR and add in oil. Place chicken into cooking pot and turn until slightly browned. Once complete press START/STOP. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Place the butternut into the Crockpot® Express Easy Release Oval Pressure Multicooker and pour over the chicken stock. Rub the chicken with the sage garlic butter and then place on top. Press the MEAT/POULTRY button and set timer to 35 minutes. Press START.
  5. When the cooking time has elapsed, release the pressure. Gently place the chicken on a serving plate. If you like, stud the stuffing with extra cranberries.
  6. Transfer the pumpkin to a serving bowl and mash until smooth. Garnish with pine nuts and parsley, if you like. Serve with the chicken juices to pour over the sliced chicken and enjoy.

Cook's Tip

The butter from the chicken melts down into the pumpkin, to make a luxurious sage pumpkin mash!