Dressing Recipe

Dressing Recipe

A savory and aromatic staple in holiday meals. Most often paired with turkey, but also goes well with chicken and ham. This recipe has been modified with the chemotherapy patient in mind. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium and can be lightened with red wine vinegar. Texture is soft and moist when cooked properly. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Emotional response of Thanksgiving at Grandma’s kitchen table. Best categorized as traditional American.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish, Thanksgiving
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dressing, recipes, Thanksgiving
Servings: 6 people
Author: Chef Ryan Callahan
Cost: $5


  • Cutting board
  • Chef's knife
  • Large saute pan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • large casserole baking dish



  • 14 oz stuffing breading
  • 1 medium yellow onion medium diced
  • 6 celery ribs thinly sliced
  • ½ lb carrots thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 c. chicken broth

Flavor Balancers:

  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper finely ground
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sugar granulated white


  • 2 tbsp. garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp. sage ground


  • In a large saute pan, saute in oil, garlic, onions, celery, and carrots over a medium-high heat. Add the salt and black pepper to mixture (mirepoand saute until onions are translucent. Next, add 4 c. of chicken broth, Old Bay seasoning, sage, and bring to a boil. Cook until celery and carrots are fully cooked. Now add 1 tbsp. of red wine vinegar followed by 1 tbsp. of sugar. Return to a boil, stirring well. Place dry bread mixture into a large mixing bowl. Pour mirepox and chicken broth into bread mixture. Mix well. Transfer dressing into a large casserole dish. Bake in the oven with turkey until outsides of stuffing are crispy. About 30 minutes. Turkey oven temperature is typically 325 degrees Fahrenheit.


If you buy a bread mixture that is pre-seasoned with herbs and spices, watch the sodium content. If sodium is high, omit kosher salt from recipe. Try to use reduced sodium chicken broth as well.
For chemotherapy patients, I recommend making dressing instead of stuffing the turkey. This is because the easiest place to get food poisoning during a Thanksgiving meal is from improperly cooked stuffing. In addition to this, you have to cook the turkey for longer when there is stuffing inside of it. This makes it easier to over cook the turkey and make it dry.
You will notice that this recipe calls for no meat in the stuffing. This is because heavier meats like sausage or pungent meats like oysters and giblets can cause nausea and loss of appetite in chemotherapy patients because their weight and smell. If desired, you may add 8 oz. of country sausage that has been well cooked and drained of it’s grease, under the circumstance that your loved one has demonstrated the ability to tolerate or enjoy the sausage in recent meals.

Cooking for Chemo focuses on teaching you how to make your food taste good again during cancer and chemotherapy treatments. The flavor and cooking techniques contained within our easy to make recipes will help improve your quality of life as you go through cancer and chemotherapy treatments. Our cooking and flavor techniques can be integrated with any diet regimen. Talk with your dietitian to come up with a quality nutrition plan. This site is not to be taken as or used instead of professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor, oncologist, and dietitian before starting any new diet.

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About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a 2x Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winning Chef. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments. He has dedicated his life to helping cancer fighters navigate the difficulty that eating related side-effect present to the cancer fighter.