Classic Bread Stuffing to Serve With Chicken or Game Hens

Bread dressing for chicken or game hens recipe

​The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 6 servings

This classic dressing (stuffing) for chicken is an excellent side dish to serve with roasted or baked chicken, cornish hens, or turkey. 

If you decide to stuff a whole chicken, make sure to cook it safely. The temperature―at the center of the stuffing―must reach the safe minimum temperature of 165 F (73.9 C) when cooked in the bird. Let the chicken or hens stand for 15 to 20 minutes before removing the stuffing.


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup onions (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
  • 4 cups bread cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (more or less as needed; see instructions)
  • 2 large eggs

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for bread dressing for chicken or game hens
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  2. Heat the oven to 325 F. Butter a shallow 2 1/2 to 3-quart baking dish.

    Butter dish
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  3. Heat the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat.

    Heat butter
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  4. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring until the onion is translucent and celery is slightly tender.

    Add onion
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  5. In a large bowl, combine the onion and celery mixture with the bread cubes, freshly ground black pepper, salt, sage, and poultry seasoning.

    Bread and onion and peppers
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  6. Add the chicken broth until just moistened. Taste and adjust seasonings.

    Add chicken broth
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  7. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and then stir them into the stuffing mixture. 

    Whisk eggs
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  8. Spoon the dressing into the prepared baking dish. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil.

    Spoon dressing
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  9. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for 10 to 15 minutes longer.

    Bake in oven
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  • Never store stuffing in the bird. 

Recipe Variation

  • Use half cornbread crumbs along with the bread cubes.