How to stuff a chicken thigh

Stuffed Chicken Leg with Sausage and Apple

Contributor: Christine Pittman

Surprise your guests with a stuffed chicken leg. They’ll wonder how you did it!

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 chicken leg quarters, ready for stuffing 
  • ½ lb. mild fresh pork sausage
  • ½ peeled granny smith apple, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. breadcrumbs
  • salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a medium-high frying pan, cook sausage, stirring to break apart. Cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, mix together sausage, apple, thyme, and breadcrumbs. Salt the stuffing to taste.
  4. Stuff the chicken quarters and secure with toothpicks. Brush chicken with olive oil. Bake until internal temperature reaches 165°F and the chicken is browned, about 45 minutes. If the chicken is cooked through but not as brown as you’d like, put it under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp the skin. Keep your eye on it though because it can happen quickly.