Eva Claiborne's Hen and Dressing


A family tradition for over 70 years, this recipe has ruined me for all other dressing. I can't eat anyone else's! Serve with giblet gravy.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
12 servings


  • 1 (6 pound) whole chicken

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery

  • salt to taste

  • 2 (9x9 inch) pans cornbread, cooled and crumbled

  • 12 biscuits, crumbled

  • 2 cups diced celery

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon dried sage

  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning

  • seasoned salt to taste

  • 1 dash crushed red pepper

  • 9 eggs, beaten


  1. Place chicken, 1 onion, 2 stalks celery, and salt in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and gently boil 90 minutes, or until chicken meat falls easily from the bone. Drain, reserving broth. Chop chicken, and set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking dish.

  3. In a large bowl, mix crumbled cornbread, crumbled biscuits, 2 cups celery, 2 large onions, sage, poultry seasoning, seasoned salt, and red pepper. Stir in eggs and reserved chicken broth. The mixture should be very thin.

  4. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring often.

  5. Mix chicken into the dressing mixture. Continue baking 15 minutes, until lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

968 Calories
53g Fat
63g Carbs
57g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 968
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g 68%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 351mg 117%
Sodium 1255mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 57g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 216mg 17%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 875mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.