Today I am sharing a cherished family recipe, Chicken and Cornbread Dressing. This recipe has been made every Thanksgiving since I was little. Chicken and Cornbread Dressing is loved by all of our family and friends and I am honored to share this special recipe with you today! When making this recipe be patient and let the love flow through your cooking. Homemade dressing takes time, but the end result with be a satisfying one! Please enjoy our mom’s southern cornbread dressing recipe!
Chicken and Cornbread Dressing Recipe
Before we get started cooking our mom’s recipe for this cornbread dressing, let’s talk a little bit about some tips. This is a time-intensive recipe, but there are a few things you can do to make this easier, especially when you’re making it for a Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas meal and need all the time you can get!
What’s the difference between Stuffing and Dressing?
This is a reasonable question, and two can easily be used interchangeably. However, the answer is really quite simple. The main difference is stuffing is cooked inside the turkey cavity, and dressing is cooked outside. Therefore dressing usually needs extra liquid because it’s not absorbing anything directly from being inside the turkey.
Why do you need day-old bread for this cornbread stuffing recipe?
This is an important step. I’ve actually cooked cornbread fresh and immediately put it in the dressing recipe, and while it doesn’t completely ruin the recipe, there is a noticeable difference when using day-old bread. The reason for this is that when it’s fresh it absorbs liquid and can essentially make the bread dissolve into the liquid. Whereas if it’s more on the stale side, it doesn’t absorb the liquids as quickly and it affects the texture of the overall end result. Plus, making the cornbread (and setting the bread out) the day before helps you be able to do some of the work ahead of time. I also prefer homemade cornbread from scratch for this recipe. The flavor is just so much better in my opinion compared to a cornbread mix!Print
If you are looking for a family tradition, this Chicken and Cornbread Dressing will leave you satisfied for years! This recipe is full of love for this year
- 6 slices of day old bread
- 1 pan or skillet of cornbread (see recipe below)
- 4 shallots, finely chopped (or 1 small purple onion)
- 2 stalks celery,finely chopped
- 1 red pepper, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup of butter (or olive oil)
- 4 cups shredded chicken (see notes below)
- 2–3 boiled eggs (see notes below)
- 3 raw eggs, slightly beaten
- 3/4 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1/2 tsp sage
- 2 TBSP dried parsley
- 1 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)
- 1 tsp ground black pepper (or to taste)
- 3 cups of vegetable broth or chicken broth (low sodium)
- 1 cup corn meal
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 TBSP granulated sugar
- 1 cup milk
For the Cornbread
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Add all ingredients for the cornbread in a medium mixing bowl, and stir just until all ingredients are combined well.
- Then pour batter into a 8X8 greased pan.
- Cook for 30 minutes or until the top of the cornbread is firm to the touch.
For the chicken and dressing
- Saute shallots, celery, and red pepper in butter for about 5-7 minutes. Then set aside.
- Next toast 6 slices of day old bread.
- Remove crust and tear into bit size pieces and place into a large mixing bowl
- Once the cornbread is cool enough, crumble the cornbread into the large bowl with the toasted bread.
- Next, add sauteed vegetables to the large mixing bowl.
- Now, mash boiled eggs with a fork until fluffy. Then add mashed eggs to the large mixing bowl.
- Add shredded chicken and all seasonings to the mixture.
- Evenly pour the slightly beaten eggs over the mixture.
- Gently combine all ingredients. I use my both my hands gently folding all ingredients together.
- In a 9 X 13 baking casserole dish add the chicken and dressing, spread the mixture evenly.
- Evenly pour 3 cups of broth over the mixture in the baking dish.
- Cover with foil and cook at 350 degrees and cook for 30 minutes.
- Uncover and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
Tips on shredded chicken- boil a whole chicken in a large pot, de-bone, and reserve broth, or boil 4 chicken breasts in already made broth. Another way to prepare shredded chicken is to place chicken in the slow cooker for 3 hours on high with a cup of broth. All ways work great, it just depends on how much time you have on your hands! Tip on boiling eggs- gently place eggs into a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring water to a boil, then turn off the heat and cover eggs for an additional 10-15 minutes. Drain water and then run eggs under cold water. Once the eggs are cool to the touch, peel the eggs shells or store them in the refrigerator overnight.
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: thanksgiving, dressing, chicken and dressing, casserole, cornbread
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