Howtowdie: A Scottish Roast Chicken

Yum! Yum! Yum! This is a tasty chicken recipe. If you are in a position where you cannot travel, the next best thing is eating dishes from other countries! One thing I learned while traveling is that all the senses are affected when visiting somewhere foreign. Each country has its own look, its own sound, its own smell, its own touch, and its own taste. I have never visited Scotland before, but I now have a sense of the taste of Scotland, you can do the same thing too! Pick a place you want to visit and look up recipes from there and eat the experience from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Recently, we decided to try something different with eating chicken, we baked it the Scottish way with stuffing, kinda like we do with turkeys here for Thanksgiving, but you’ll be blown away to see the ingredients for the stuffing.

Howtowdie – Video Instructions

In this video, I will show you how to prepare Howtowdie. Below the video is the actual recipe you can follow.

Howtowdie Recipe

1 Whole Organic chicken (roughly 3 lbs)

3 Large Onions quartered

1/4 to 1/2 cup of melted butter’

Salt to Taste


1 Large Onion finely chopped

1/4 cup butter

1 cup rolled oats

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp nutmeg


It’s best to prepare the stuffing first. Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a 10-inch pan over medium heat. Add the large chopped onion and cook until onion is lightly browned. Stir in remaining stuffing ingredients and cook until oats are somewhat browned a crispy, roughly about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) Open up the chicken at the wishbone area. Be sure to remove liver and gizzard. Fill cavity with cooked oat stuffing and until full, be careful to not over stuff as oats will expand during cooking. Place chicken on a shallow roasting pan breast side up. Brush melted butter all over chicken until covered. Place quartered onions in a circle around the chicken in the roasting pan. Place chicken in oven and bake for 90 minutes or until done. One finished, remove from oven. Slice the chicken with oat stuffing on the side. Add salt to taste to the chicken. Welcome to Scotland and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Why an Organic whole chicken? Anyone who has traveled internationally will tell you that chicken tastes a lot better and is a lot richer in other countries outside the USA. I don’t know all the specifics as to why it tastes so much better, but I hear it has something to do with how chickens are fed here. The goal of chicken farmers here is to fatten up chickens as quickly and as big as possible. Apparently, this leads to a lack of flavor in the meat. There are two ways to get good chicken here in the USA. One is to buy a whole chicken from a farmer who raises and feeds chickens properly, another way is to buy an organic chicken. The first option would be the best option, the second option is the easier option. By doing this, you have a better quality and better tasting chicken that would be closer to the quality of chicken you would eat in Scotland.

For side dishes, you can pick anything you want. We had a salad and some cooked brussel sprouts. They seemed to go well with Howtowdie. The stuffing is amazing to eat as a side. Potatoes would be good with this dish too.

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