Delicious Ballotine of Chicken with Mouthwatering Stuffing

Welcome to Chef Eric’s Ballotine of Chicken Recipe! If you’re ready to impress your guests with a dish that looks and tastes like it was prepared in a Michelin-starred restaurant, this recipe is for you.

A ballotine is a classic French culinary technique that involves deboning and stuffing meat before rolling and tying it up to hold its shape. In this recipe, we’ll be using a whole chicken, but don’t worry – with my detailed instructions, anyone can make a perfect ballotine at home.

The combination of ground pork, ham, pistachio nuts, and herbs gives this dish an incredible flavor profile that will leave your taste buds wanting more. Plus, the option to serve it hot or cold makes it a versatile choice for any occasion.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive into the ingredient list and start preparing your very own Ballotine of Chicken!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Ballotine of Chicken
Ballotine of Chicken

Are you tired of eating the same old chicken dishes? Then, it’s time to try out something new with Chef Eric’s chicken ballotine recipe. This recipe is a perfect example of elevated comfort food that will leave you drooling for more! Trust me; you won’t regret trying out this masterpiece.

Why do I love this recipe? Well, for starters, it’s made with wholesome ingredients such as free-range chicken, butter, onion, and celery. Additionally, this recipe has a bold and flavorful profile; it features ground pork, ham, sage, parsley, pistachio nuts, and so much more!

But what sets this recipe a notch above the others are the technique and presentation. A ballotine is a fancy French term used to describe meat that has been boned stuffed or wrapped around a filling before being cooked slowly and then sliced thinly to showcase how beautiful it is. This way of preparing chicken results in a beautifully shaped roll with an irresistible stuffing that is guaranteed to impress your guests. Serve it hot or cold; the flavors remain delightful every time.

Whether you’re hosting a party or enjoy cooking for your family at home, try out this recipe, and you won’t be disappointed. It’s simple yet elegant enough to make it onto the menu of Michelin-starred restaurants worldwide.

In conclusion, if you desire to elevate your cooking skills while indulging in fantastic flavorsome meals, give this ballotine of chicken recipe a shot – you will love it as much as I do!

Ingredient List

 A juicy and flavorful Ballotine of Chicken
A juicy and flavorful Ballotine of Chicken

The ingredients you’ll need for this Ballotine of Chicken Recipe
Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to make this dish.

  • 4 pcs chicken (2 chicken legs and 2 chicken breasts, bone-in and skinless)
  • 1/2 cup ground pork
  • 3/4 cup ground ham
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 bouquet garni (a bundle of herbs tied together with kitchen twine)
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp dry sherry
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Flour for dusting
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 1 egg, whisked

For the stuffing:
– 1/3 cup pistachio nuts, chopped
– 1 small onion, finely chopped
– 1 tbsp butter
– 1 clove garlic, minced
– 1/4 cup spinach, blanched and chopped
– 1/3 cup parsley, chopped
– Salt and pepper to taste

For the tomato sauce:
– 4 large tomatoes, grated or ½ can of tomato puree
– 1 medium onion finely chopped
– 2 cloves garlic minced
Branston Smooth Pickle or a substitute of your choice
– Olive oil for cooking

All ingredients should be fresh and of high quality to ensure the best possible flavor.

The Recipe How-To

 Impress your guests with this elegant dish
Impress your guests with this elegant dish

Preparing the Chicken

  • First, we have to prepare the chicken. In this recipe, we are going to use chicken breast and chicken thigh.
  • We need to debone the chicken breasts and chicken thighs. To do this, starting from the top of the breast or thigh, cut as close to the bone as possible in a straight line until you reach the other side of the bone. Follow around the bone and use a knife or scissors to cut the bone out.
  • Next, we need to flatten and even out the meat. Cut off any excess fat or skin and pound each breast or thigh with a meat mallet or rolling pin until even in thickness.

Making The Ballotine Filling

  1. For our filling, we will mix ground pork, finely chopped onion, garlic, sage, parsley, mushrooms that have been finely chopped in a food processor, chopped pistachio nuts, egg, butter, salt pepper and tomato puree.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well using your hands or a spatula.

Rolling Up The Ballotine

  1. Lay out the flattened chicken breasts and thighs onto a clean surface.
  2. Spoon some of the filling on top of each piece of chicken.
  3. Roll up tightly ensuring that all sides are completely covered.
  4. Use butcher’s twine to tie up each rollet tightly along its length
  5. Once done tying up our ballotines, wrap each one in cling wrap or foil and refrigerate for at least an hour before cooking.


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. Heat olive oil in an oven-safe pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add one small onion chopped into small dice and cook until translucent.
  4. Place ballotines in pan with onions and sear on all sides until golden brown
  5. Add ½ cup dry sherry into the pan and allow it to evaporate completely
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
  7. Remove from oven and set aside to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

By following these steps on making my Ballotine of Chicken Recipe, it guarantees that you will end up with a perfect ballotine every time!

Substitutions and Variations

 Every bite is a delightful combination of textures
Every bite is a delightful combination of textures

The beauty of Ballotine of Chicken recipe is that it is versatile and can be adapted to various dietary preferences and constraints. Here are some substitutions and variations that you might want to consider:

– Vegetarian/Vegan: For a meat-free version, skip the chicken and substitute it with a filling made of mushrooms, spinach, cheese, and nuts. You can also make a vegan version by using plant-based proteins such as tofu or seitan.

– Gluten-free: This recipe contains flour which may cause issues for those with gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Instead, use a gluten-free flour blend or other substitutes such as cornstarch, rice flour or almond flour.

– Alcohol-free: The recipe calls for dry sherry which is an alcoholic beverage. However, if you prefer an alcohol-free version, you can substitute it with broth or apple juice.

– Other Fillings: The stuffing possibilities for the ballotine are endless! You can replace the ground pork with other meats such as ground beef, lamb or turkey. You can also add different vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, or sweet potatoes to the filling for added texture and taste.

– Sauces: Ballotine of Chicken recipe pairs well with mushroom sauce but you can switch up the flavors by trying out other sauces such as cranberry sauce or apricot glaze.

Remember that these substitutions are not set in stone – don’t be afraid to experiment to find your preferred variant.

Serving and Pairing

 Indulge in the richness of this savory dish
Indulge in the richness of this savory dish

Once you have prepared your delicious chicken ballotine, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it. This dish is extremely versatile as it can be served hot or cold, making it perfect for any occasion.

A simple way to serve your chicken ballotine is to slice it into rounds and place it on top of a bed of fresh greens, arugula or spinach. You can also try serving it alongside a fresh tomato salad dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or with roasted vegetables like zucchini and eggplant drizzled with garlic butter.

A rich mushroom sauce also makes a great pairing for this sophisticated dish, especially when served hot. A side of creamy mashed potatoes or risotto will complement the flavors perfectly. For a cold pairing, try serving the ballotine with a refreshing tomato puree or topping it with pistachio nuts for added texture.

Our Chef Eric recommends pairing this elegant dish with a nice white wine, such as an oaky Chardonnay or bright Sauvignon Blanc. For those who prefer reds, a light Pinot Noir from Oregon or Burgundy would be ideal.

Whether you’re entertaining guests or just enjoying a meal at home, our chicken ballotine recipe is sure to impress. With its rich flavors and delightful textures, this dish will leave your taste buds craving for more.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfectly seasoned chicken wrapped in crispy bacon
Perfectly seasoned chicken wrapped in crispy bacon

One of the best things about Ballotine of Chicken is that it can be made ahead of time, which makes it an excellent choice for entertaining. The chicken can be made and refrigerated up to 1-2 days before serving, making it a great option for busy hosts.

To store the chicken, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

When reheating, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Remove the plastic wrap or aluminum foil from the chicken and brush with olive oil. Place the chicken into a baking dish and bake for 20-30 minutes or until heated through.

It’s important not to rely on microwave ovens here because they may destroy the texture of the chicken ballotine. Reheating should be done on low temperature and for longer time periods so that you don’t burn or dry out your food.

When serving hot as leftovers, consider serving them with mushroom sauce or candied tomatoes for added flavor. Alternatively, they can also be served cold as part of a salad or sandwich with branston smooth pickle as topping for added zing.

Ballotine of Chicken is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many ways, making it an ideal meal prep choice for those who want to have healthy, flavorful meals readily available throughout the week.

Tips for Perfect Results

 An exquisite presentation to elevate your dinner parties
An exquisite presentation to elevate your dinner parties

Creating the perfect ballotine of chicken requires a little bit of patience, attention, and technique. Here are some tips to help you achieve a perfect result:

Firstly, the quality of the ingredients used in this recipe is essential. I highly recommend using high-quality free-range chicken since it will result in a much more flavorful dish.

Secondly, when it comes to preparing the filling for your chicken ballotine, make sure that all the ingredients are finely chopped. This way, they will cook evenly and bind together more effectively during the roll and tie process.

Thirdly, when rolling and tying your chicken ballotine, try to keep the shape as uniform as possible. This can be done by using kitchen twine and tying it tightly around the chicken to hold its shape.

Furthermore, making a small incision or cut in the thickest part of the chicken can help ensure even cooking throughout.

When cooking your chicken ballotine, it’s important to avoid overcrowding your pan or oven dish. A crowded pan could cause uneven cooking due to low heat circulation.

Adding a bit of fat like butter or olive oil while roasting or braising can also enhance flavor while preventing your chicken from drying out.

Lastly, let your chicken rest before carving it to ensure a juicy texture. By allowing it to rest for at least 10 minutes, you’ll give enough time for the juice to redistribute evenly throughout.

By following these tips and paying attention to detail, you’ll achieve an excellent result every time you make a ballotine of chicken.


Before concluding this recipe article, let’s address some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that you may have about making a Ballotine of Chicken at home. From concerns about substitutions to storing and reheating, these answers will help give you the necessary guidance and confidence to cook this dish to perfection. So, let’s get started!

What is chicken ballotine made of?

Chicken ballotine is a dish made by completely deboning a chicken, filling it with stuffing, and securing it in a compact shape with twine. The dish can be cooked in various methods like roasting, braising, or poaching and can be served either hot or cold.

How are ballotine made?

The culinary art of ballotine involves deboning poultry, typically the leg and thigh, and then stuffing it with ingredients such as forcemeat. The stuffed meat is then tightly tied to maintain its shape during cooking and can be prepared by roasting, braising or poaching. The name ‘ballotine’ is derived from the French word for ‘package’.

What is the difference between chicken galantine and ballotine?

The terms ballotine and galantine are frequently interchanged, despite their dissimilarities. Both entail removing the bones of meat, filling it with ground meat, and coiling it up into a roll. Nonetheless, they should not be referred to as the same. Unlike galantine, which is commonly enjoyed chilled, ballotine can be served at any temperature.

What does ballotine mean in cooking?

A ballotine, or ballottine, is a culinary preparation made by deboning meat, poultry, or fish and stuffing it with a mixture of seasoned vegetables or meats. The mixture-filled meat is then rolled and tied into a bundle shape and typically cooked through a braising method.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Ballotine of Chicken Recipe is a feast for the senses that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. This recipe has been meticulously crafted to deliver rich flavors and textures that will excite the senses and impress any guest. With its tender chicken breast, stuffed with a deliciously flavored ground pork and mushroom filling, this dish is an excellent choice for those who appreciate classic French cuisine.

If you are looking for a savory, fulfilling meal that will impress any crowd or simply yearning for some culinary experimentation in the kitchen, then the Ballotine of Chicken Recipe is a must-try. With its numerous benefits including versatility, ease of preparation and storage, this recipe ensures that you receive high-quality results every time.

With Chef Eric’s unique blend of traditional French techniques and contemporary tweaks, you’ll rediscover the joys of home cooking in no time. So go ahead and give this recipe a try today! Let your creativity take the wheel and see just how much you can achieve in your own kitchen with the Ballotine of Chicken Recipe.

Ballotine of Chicken

Ballotine of Chicken Recipe

This makes a wonderful centre piece for a party/dinner with friends. You could use a duck or small turkey instead of the chicken. You will need some knife skills to bone out the bird, and, time to make the sauce and stuffing, But it is well worth the effort.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Calories 1255.7 kcal


  • 1 (4 lb) whole chickens, boned out
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 glass dry sherry
  • 1/4 lb button mushroom, sliced


  • 1 ounce butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 ounces ham, chopped
  • 12 ounces ground pork
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumb
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sage, chopped
  • 1 glass dry sherry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 10 pistachio nuts, chopped


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon carrot, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon celery, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3/4 pint chicken stock
  • 2 mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon tomato puree
  • salt and pepper
  • bouquet garni


  • Lay the bird breast down on a chopping board, with a sharp knife cut along the back bone. Now work all over the carcass leaving the skin in tact, till all the meat has been removed from the bones. Work down the legs and thighs in the same manner till the carcass can be removed. This will take a little time, don’t rush the job, enjoy it.
  • Melt the butter ina pan and add the onion and cook till soft but not coloured. Remove from the heat. Add the minced meats with the breadcrumbs and all the other stuffing ingredients.
  • Stuff the bird and sew along the open edges with fine cotton. Tie with string round the bird at 2" intervals.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a roasting tin, set the bird on a grid and baste with the hot oil.
  • Roast in oven at 200 degrees for 1 1/2 hours, basting every 20 minutes.
  • To prepare the sauce.
  • Heat the oil in a pan add the vegetables and cook till soft but not coloured. Stir in the flour and reduce the heat cook till a golden russet colour. Stir in 1/2 pint of the stock, and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Stir till boiling. Reduce the heat and cook at a slow simmer for 30 mins.Add the rest of the stock and cook for five more minutes.
  • Fry the mushrooms in the butter till soft.
  • Remove the bird to a serving dish. Pour off the cooking fat and deglaze the tin with the sherry. Strain and add to the sauce with the cooked mushrooms.
  • Pour a little sauce over the bird and serve.
  • Cut the bird across the body not along it, that way the stuffing with be encased inside the meat.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 626gCalories: 1255.7kcalCarbohydrates: 29.2gProtein: 79gFat: 89.8gSaturated Fat: 26.9gCholesterol: 350.8mgSodium: 970.5mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 5.5g
Keyword < 4 Hours, chicken, European, Meat, Poultry, Whole Chicken
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Recommended by Chef CHLOE

These recipes have been carefully chosen by me so you can be sure they are top-notch. Make sure to try them out and enjoy the delicious flavors that come with them. You won’t be disappointed!

Bacon Ranch Bread Bites

Easy and Yummy Bacon Ranch Bread Bites

Picture this: warm, soft bread bites with a cheesy, bacon-y kick- the kind of appetizer that gets devoured by even the pickiest eaters at a party. Look no further because…
Angel Food Cake - Homemade

Heavenly Homemade Angel Food Cake Recipe

Angel Food Cake is my absolute favorite cake. As a professional chef, I have baked it many times over the years and have perfected my own homemade recipe. I often…
3 Ingredient Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

3 Ingredient Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

Get ready to sink your teeth into a heavenly dessert that requires just three ingredients and five minutes prep time! This dessert is perfect for those hot days where you…

Chef Chloe


Chloe is passionate about creating unique dishes that draw on the flavors of her favorite cultures. She loves experimenting with new ingredients and pushing the boundaries of traditional recipes. Her enthusiasm for cooking is infectious, and she is always eager to share her creations with friends and family.