September 27, 2023 2:54 pm

Chicken Ballotine

Chicken Ballotine with Bourbon-Caramelized Chorizo & Porcini Rice Stuffing

The word Ballottinne or Ballotine is French in origin, from the word “balle” which means package. A ballotine is a rolled deboned meat with stuffing which is either then poached, roasted or braised.   The first recorded culinary preparation of ballotine was in 1846.

A good example of this in today’s cuisine is the American Turducken.

The Bourbon-Caramelized Chorizo & Porcini Rice Stuffing


Bourbon Caramelized Chorizo & Porcini Rice Stuffing

Course Main Course
Cuisine French


  • 1 Medium Pot


  • 3 tbsp Garlic minced
  • 1 large Onion minced
  • 1 cup Carrots minced
  • 1 cup Green Peas
  • 1/2 cup Chorizo
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Bits Scraps from meat while deboning
  • 1/2 cup Porcini Mushrooms chopped
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Red Bell Peppers pureed
  • 4 cup Steamed Rice
  • 1.5 oz Bourbon I used Benchmark Old No 8 for its sweetness and orange notes
  • Canola Oil as needed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Chicken Ballotine with Bourbon Caramelized Chorizo & Porcini Rice Stuffing

Course Main Course
Cuisine French


  • 1 Large Cooking Pot


  • 1 whole Chicken deboned


Prepare the Rice

  • Heat the canola oil on high heat and sauté the chorizo until crisp to extract the fat. Add the chicken bits and continue cooking until firm. Strain the meats & set aside. 
  • Using the same chorizo fat oil & canola oil, saute the garlic until golden brown. Add the Onions and continue to cook until caramelized. Pour the bourbon to deglaze the flavors on the pan and add the rice. 
  •  Add in all the ingredients including the proteins and continue to mix homogenously on high heat (the pepper puree should evenly coat the rice).
  • Salt and pepper to taste continue to mix. Mix and cook for at least 5 minutes. Set aside for stuffing.

The Poultry

  • Cover the chicken oil all over with oil. This will lock in the juices and keep your meat moist as you roast. Season the insides with salt and pepper.
  • Set your oven at 450F and prepare the roasting pan. 
  • Spoon your rice stuffing on the inner side of the chicken and distribute evenly. Estimate the right amount to keep the stuffing from coming out. Follow the instructions on the link on how to tie the ballotine. You may use the cooking string, stainless pins or the combination of both to help you secure the meat. 
  • After tying the ballotine, season it evenly around with salt and pepper. Position the chicken on the pan to roast.
  • Roasting time is around 40 min., revolving your chicken on all four sides and basting with salt and pepper infused oil as you go or when the skin is golden brown.
  • When done, rest the chicken for 8 to 10 min to keep the juices in. Slice to desired thickness and serve. Extra stuffing may be served on the side.

The Pairing:

Blue Note Bourbon
9 year old unfiltered
ABV 46.5

I find the flavors and oily mouthfeel of this Tennessee bourbon most welcome as an after dinner pour. The botanical and citrus notes cleanses the palate of the chicken fat.

The creaminess and sweetness of it like liquid dessert perfectly caps the ballotine dinner. 

"Whisky is liquid sunshine."

George Bernard Shaw

“The light music of whiskey falling into a glass – an agreeable interlude.”

James Joyce

More To Explore

Verified by MonsterInsights