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The Great Stuffing Debate and Cornbread Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Do you stuff your holiday bird?

We don't. We make something that we call stuffing, but we cook it in a baking dish in the oven. No turkey involved.

Swanson wants to know what you think about The Great Stuffing Debate, including stuffing the bird and whether there should be fruit, vegetables, or nuts in the stuffing. They have a fun website set up to find out what you think, and you'll get recipe suggestions based on your vote.

I found a recipe on The Great Stuffing Debate that I thought was really interesting. We had it for dinner tonight, and the results were fabulous!

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Roasted Vegetable & Cornbread Stuffing
roasted vegetable stuffing
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
roasted vegetable stuffing
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. Place the squash, onions, and garlic in a large bowl. Add cumin and olive oil and toss to coat. Spoon mixture in a single layer onto a bar pan (or other baking dish with a lip around the edge).
  3. Roast vegetables for 30 minutes or until veggies are lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 250.
  5. Stir the squash mixture, cilantro, and broth together in a large bowl. Add the stuffing and mix gently.
  6. Spoon into a greased 9x13 casserole dish. Cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot.
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Roasted Vegetable & Cornbread Stuffed Chicken Breasts
How to make roasted vegetable cornbread stuffed chicken breasts - This is the best recipe for baking stuffed chicken in the oven. Simple, easy, and healthy. Made with stuffing, filling, or dressing and veggies.
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
How to make roasted vegetable cornbread stuffed chicken breasts - This is the best recipe for baking stuffed chicken in the oven. Simple, easy, and healthy. Made with stuffing, filling, or dressing and veggies.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Spoon roasted vegetable & cornbread stuffing into the center of each chicken breast. Wrap tightly with string to hold the chicken closed with the stuffing inside.
  3. Roast for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through and stuffing is hot.
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280 thoughts on “The Great Stuffing Debate and Cornbread Stuffed Chicken Breasts”

  1. Since I can’t win anyway (living in Canada & all), I figured I’d just comment here. I grew up with cornbread dressing cooked in a pan. Since I’ve moved North of the 49th parallel, I eat most holiday dinners with my MIL who cooks whit bread stuffing in the turkey. At first I refused to eat it b/c….well….ick. Since then I have decided for the sake of family relations that I can deal with the stuffing cooked in the bird. I do make cornbread dressing every once in a while, though, b/c I still like it better.

  2. I like the Moist, Savory Stuffing recipe. I don’t like a lot of extras in my stuffing, like sausage or nuts or apples. It’s gotta be basic, made with cornbread, and have lots of sage. We always use chicken broth as the liquid – so much flavor!

  3. I saw a debate about apples in stuffing. I don’t know about that. I’d be interested in trying it…but not on Thanksgiving 😉 I want my plain ole stuffin on Turkey Day!!!

  4. Wow, I don’t stuff my bird…my stuffing never gets dry enough and wet bread grosses me out LOL. We do dressing in a pan with drippings 🙂 My most recent favorite recipe here is the wormy apple-too cute!!

  5. I don’t stuff my bird with stuffing. I do think it would be interesting to put oranges inside the bird though just to give it some extra flavor. I like making my dressing in a pan as well.

  6. We don’t stuff our bird either, but make it like you do. My favorite debates about what to put into the stuffing. For me, I just like some simple onions, celery, and sage with delicious broth and breadcrumbs. Yum!

  7. I’m really interested in trying the “Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Chiles.” I love, love, love chiles and I really like chorizo!

  8. I’d like to try the Heavenly Sweet Potatoes (only I’d have to use the vegetable broth instead of chicken since my husband is deathly allergic to chicken/poultry)! Thanks for a chance to win!
    kmassman (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. I definitely would want to try the pancetta and chanterelle recipe on their site. I don’t generally like stuffing. But that might be just good enough to tempt my tastebuds. I mean PANCETTA. Hello. Yum!

  10. i think my mom would like the cornbread stuffing. as for debates…probably whether to nap or do something else. haha

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  11. It’s all about the fruit and nuts in my stuffing! I love this debate, don’t think it could get any more American

  12. I love stuffing, but I am ALL about sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. Those Heavenly Sweet Potatoes sound AMAZINGLY yumalicious!
    becster13064 at hotmail.com

  13. My favorite recipe from the site is the Herb seasoned sausage sweet onion and celery stuffing. And, those stuffed chicken breasts up there look like they’re delicious!

  14. I love the debate about the name of it…. stuffing or dressing. In my family, we call it stuffing if it’s stuffed inside the bird and we call it dressing if it’s baked in a dish on the side. I’m not sure who came up with that so everyone would be happy, but everyone IS happy with that now and the debate is closed.

  15. the debate over whether to call it stuffing or dressing made me laugh out loud. we’ve been living in the south 8 years now and it took me forever to realize that dressing was the same as stuffing.

  16. We have the same debate every year at the in laws. Stuffing vs dressing. I grew up calling it stuffing even if it was not cooked in the bird. I contend it does “stuff” your tummy when you eat it with dinner so it is still stuffing.

    missysids (at) yahoo.com

    ps those sweaters are SO funny!

  17. I was looking at the recipes and the one for Carmelized Onion with Pancetta and Rosemary really has me intrigued! And yes, we stuff the bird, but we also cook dressing in a dish for the side 🙂

  18. I didn’t know the difference. I guess we make stuffing and dressing. W eat alot of it and only so much fits in the bird so we make more on the side. I’m still going to call all of stuffing whether it’s stuffed inside of anything or not.

    littledeadmommy@gmail.com

  19. I call it stuffing but cook it outside the bird so technically it’s dressing. There were some good debates listed…I like the one about fresh herbs…got to have fresh herbs (no pecans, please)!

  20. I think it’s interesting that they even have to distinguish that it’s dressing on the outside of the bird, when it’s the same stuff whether it was in or outside the bird most of the time! too funny

  21. Love the Sue Ellen and Zandra online commercial. Love the stuffing food fight, how grandma smashes the stuffing in grandpa’s face. Love the homeless guys on TV in Sue Ellen’s awful decorated sweatshirts. I gave them a thumbs up and even sent them a comment about loving this commercial.
    Wish there were more clean and fun commercials on the airways like this one.
    I like sage, onions and celery in a stuffing. I don’t like fruit in a stuffing. Not too crazy about nuts in a stuffing either. I’m not a cornbread stuffing person either. Like my mom’s traditional stuffing or Stove Top with additions to it like fresh onions and celery cooked in butter until just glossy.
    Lauralee Hensley
    lfhpueblo at msn dot com

  22. OMG! I just watched the debate commercial – that is HILARIOUS! Love that Grandpa is pushing the stuffing on Grandpa’s plate when he finds out the oysters are an aphrodisiac – too funny! I myself and a Stove Top Stuffing kind of gal, made with Swanson broth of course!

  23. OMG! I just watched the debate commercial – that is HILARIOUS! Love that Grandpa is pushing the stuffing on Grandpa’s plate when he finds out the oysters are an aphrodisiac – too funny! I myself and a Stove Top Stuffing kind of gal, made with Swanson broth of course!

  24. I don’t stuff the actual bird either & those were my favorite debate. I use a regular old stuffing recipe- if I change it even a little everyone goes bananas.

  25. I liked the debate about vegetables in the stuffing. I was surprised the “no veggie” contingent is leading. Aren’t they getting enough meat with the bird? LOL!

  26. We do both, we stuff the bird and do the dressing outside the bird too! I personally think the stuffing inside the bird tastes better. We make 2 kinds of stuffing/dressing every year. One is my mother in laws recipe which is a very moist stuffing made with peaches in it and this one is the families overall favorite. The other stuffing is my mothers recipe which is a rice stuffing with pine nuts in it which is also a big hit. This year, I’d like to try making a new recipe such as the Sausage and Walnut recipe from the site as it sounds like a recipe that most in our family would enjoy. However, that would be 3 stuffings/dressings to be made, because the family will definitely be game to try out the new recipe, they will still expect to eat the others normally served too.

    ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

  27. I think that baked apple and cranberry stuffing looks good- but I’d never make anything but my grandma’s recipe.

    chelsea (at) rootsandrings (dot) com

  28. Omg those shirts bring back horrible childhood memories! ROFL. Stuffing vs dressing? DIdn’t know it was stuffing in the bird and dressing outside the bird. We aint that formal! LOL We do an apple, cranberry, sausage stuffing. and yes we stuff the bird.

  29. The slow cooker cornbread stuffing recipe looks good–and I also am a solid dressing-on-the-side gal. I don’t like dressing mushy, and when you stuff it into the turkey, it gets too mushy.

  30. I find the cowboy/saint debate most relevant for this football season and I defiantly a Saint (New Orleans) : )

  31. I find the cowboy/saint debate most relevant for this football season and I defiantly a Saint (New Orleans) : )

  32. the cranberry and pecan recipe stuffing sounds delicious! I’ve never heard of pecan stuffing but yeahy! and we always debate cornbread stuffing because i love it but my brother doesn’t. It never ends up including cornbread 🙁

  33. The roasted vegetable cornbread stuffing looks good! And have you seen the Stuffing Debate video with the family fighting? Too funny.

  34. The Slow Cooker Cornbread Stuffing looks good! Now that I’m eating gluten-free, I’ve been trying to find a recipe where I can just substitute my own GF cornbread. This may do it!

    gina at moneywisemoms dot com

  35. I’m not really a fan of stuffing/dressing. It’s usually too mushy for me. The tastiest I ever had was made with carrots and oats (no bread). However I’m making the bird this year and most people like stuffing. The chestnut, fig and honey stuffing recipe could be interesting.

  36. That video was hilarious. Oysters in stuffing. Oh Yuck. I like my stuffing made with white bread, cooked onions, melted butter, Bell Seasoning, Cranberries, Apples, and Raisins. Simple and sweet. : )

    Mel4Him777{at}gmail{dot}com

  37. Quick and easy stuffing is where I would definitely start. This year I am still trying to find a decent healthy homemade dinner roll recipe so I will need an easy stuffing recipe. Next year I may explore something more difficult.

    Christine
    dazed1821@AOL.COM

  38. I’m not much of a traditional gal, but gosh I like traditional stuffing. Just give me some Stove Top and I could sit in the corner and eat all day. 🙂 And I don’t get calling it “dressing.” Dressing makes me think of liquids, and this stuff sure isn’t a liquid. Stuffing it is!

  39. I am normally a traditional stuffing person but I want to try the caramelized onion with pancetta and rosemary stuffing. Sounds wonderful!

  40. The Sausage Apple Stuffing sounds incredible! What a great combination of flavors! Yum!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  41. The New York Times printed Marylin Monroe’s stuffing recipe the other week… it’s very different, but looks delicious!

  42. oh my goodness your chowder recipe looks amazing! I’m going to have to give it a try thank you for the precut hashbrown suggestion too for lazy people like me hehe 😀 😀

    Loved the great stuffing debate its a lot of fun hehe i’d definitely like to try the Cornbread stuffing with chorizo and chili yum loove cornbread <3

    abitnerdygirl [at] gmail [dot] com

  43. My Gigi has always made the stuffing, classic cornbread, chicken broth etc…she passed away last Christmas and so this year I will be making it!! Wish me luck!!

  44. i like this recipe..it reminds me of my mom’s
    Herb-Seasoned Sausage, Sweet Onion and Celery Stuffing

    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

  45. My extended family would like the smoked bacon and mushroom portobello mushroom stuffing, which would be fine to serve since my husband’s side doesn’t like stuffing and keep kosher.

  46. That is a very cool site with lots of great recipes. I’d have to say I’m on the side of the debate of the more the merrier….I’m adventurous. Except for pears. I’d never even heard of pears in stuffing (and that is what I call it) until I read it on the debate site. That part I’ll skip. Now I’m hungry.

  47. The Quick N Easy Stuffing recipe looks good, but I think I’ll just stick to my Grandma’s recipe. 🙂 We do stuffing both ways for Thanksgiving – there’s no way we’d have enough if we just stuffed the bird! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. I would love to try the Smoked Bacon and Portobello Mushroom recipe. I don’t know if I could get my family excited about a new stuffing recipe. They really look forward to the traditional way.

  49. We grew up with nothing but Stove Top (which I really do like), so I didn’t have real homemade stuffing til I was an adult. It quickly became my favorite dish on Thanksgiving! Of all the recipes listed, I think the cornbread stuffing with chestnuts and bacon definitely sounds worth trying.

  50. The bread or cornbread debate…cornbread all the way! I’m a Southen girl born and raised…it has to be cornbread!
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

  51. That looks so yummy! I’d also love to try the Herbed Oyster Stuffing, sounds yummy! Never thought of oysters in stuffing before. Thanks!! 🙂

  52. That looks so yummy! I’d also love to try the Herbed Oyster Stuffing, sounds yummy! Never thought of oysters in stuffing before. Thanks!! 🙂

  53. In the debate, I chose to go to my Thanksgiving destination on a fleet of jets. 40% chose the same
    Dove056 at aol dot com

  54. I’ve never tried sausage, but I’d give it a go if someone else made it. I think I want to try chestnuts this year.

  55. Although I haven’t actually stuffed a bird for several several years, we did when I was young and so it will always be stuffing to me. Thank you!

  56. Although I haven’t actually stuffed a bird for several several years, we did when I was young and so it will always be stuffing to me. Thank you!

  57. Although I haven’t actually stuffed a bird for several several years, we did when I was young and so it will always be stuffing to me. Thank you!

  58. In bird or out… for sure out! I recall years ago when everyone stuffed the bird, some people never got half cooked birds or stuffing so dry it was a rock 🙂

  59. Okay, I have to say that I am shocked (SHOCKED!) that in the stuffing vs. dressing debate, dressing is winning. Maybe it’s a Midwestern thing, but I’ve never heard anyone refer to it as dressing aside from on TV. Dressing is for salads!

  60. The Harvest Fruit Stuffing sounds interesting but my family would freak if I changed it up on them this year!
    nrdunningATgmailDOTcom

  61. The Southwestern Cornbread Stuffing sounds delicious! My sister and I LOVE cornbread…so I WILL be making that stuffing for Thanksgiving this year to surprise her!!

    bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

  62. I’d love love loooove to try your roasted veggies & cornrbead stuffing.. the cornbread with chorizo and chili recipe looks delicious too! anything with corn bread has my ears perked. 😉 Thank you for the opportunity! Loving the BLOG!!

    abitnerdygirl [at] gmail [dot] com

  63. I’ve never actually had cornbread in stuffing before, in fact I had never thought of it until watching the Food Network this year. Now that I know about it though, I’m definitely going to try making a cornbread stuffing.

  64. I’ll chime in on the pecans or no pecans in the stuffing.

    I’ve never had it that way, but after reading it, I really want to try it. So I’ll side with the yes on that!

  65. The “Herb-seasoned Sausage, Sweet Onion & Celery Stuffing” recipe sounds delicious!

    nhartmann54 at gmail dot com

  66. One of the debates was whether or not to put vegetables in the stuffing. I vote yes… any of the trinity (onion, carrots, celery) is perfect for stuffing. Sausage? Ick. The thought turns my tummy.

    Thanks for the entry!

    iclipcoupons at gmail dot com

  67. My favorite recipe on their site is the Southwestern Cornbread stuffing. It’s different from anything I’ve made before, and we love those flavors so I think it would be a hit at my house!

  68. My favorite recipe is for the Savory Herb and Sausage Stuffing with Tangy Granny Smith Apples. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

  69. I like the Quick & Easy Stuffing recipe. That’s pretty much the only kind I make when I have to cook it, but the Sausage Walnut Dressing sounds pretty yummy too. Maybe next year I’ll get adventurous and try it!

  70. I want to make the Herb-Seasoned Sausage, Sweet Onion and Celery Stuffing since it sounds like my grandmother’s

  71. I actually am in love with that Slow Cooker Potato Chowder recipe you showed. But, I also did a swerve through the Swanson recipes and the Garden Vegetable Stuffing sounds a perfect way to sneak veggies into a meal without the menfolk getting annoyed by it. Also, it is a very easy recipe so doesn’t tax my pitiful kitchen skills.

  72. I went to the Great Stuffing Debate and the debate question was whether or not to add Pecans to the stuffing, I said no, leave those for the pie, the poll showed that 74% dont like it either, I dont like nuts or fruit bits in my stuffing, its just bread crumbs, onions & celery, cooked turkey liver, broth, melted butter and seasonings and I have made the same recipe for stuffing for 30 yrs now with no complaints so I dont think I will be changing it, Thanks for the great giveaway

  73. I went to the Great Stuffing Debate and the debate question was whether or not to add Pecans to the stuffing, I said no, leave those for the pie, the poll showed that 74% dont like it either, I dont like nuts or fruit bits in my stuffing, its just bread crumbs, onions & celery, cooked turkey liver, broth, melted butter and seasonings and I have made the same recipe for stuffing for 30 yrs now with no complaints so I dont think I will be changing it, Thanks for the great giveaway

  74. My family is pretty locked in on our standard dressing, but I’d love to try the recipe for Sweet Potato & Parsnip Purée.

  75. Of course, for Thanksgiving we always have my Grandmother’s dressing and it is delicious. The Pear and Winter Fruit Stuffing sounds delicious as well. I will have to try it for a special dinner.

  76. I left a comment but my mom must have used my laptop over Thanksgiving because it posted as her. I said sausage and mushroom dressing. I’ll let her know she needs to fix it.

  77. Thanks for the giveaway…the “Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo & Chiles” recipe looks great !

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  78. Caramelized Onion with Pancetta Rosemary Stuffing sounds delicious!!!!

    nhartmann54 at gmail dot com

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