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    Bourbon-Brined Chicken

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    2 hrs 25 mins

    2 hrs 15 mins

    10 mins

    ratherbeswimmin''s Note:

    My husband and I love cooking with bourbon. Source: Steven Raichlen.

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    • 2 cups wood chips, soaked for 1 hour in water to cover, then drained (preferably hickory or oak)


    1. 1
      To make the brine: in a large nonreactive bowl combine the bourbon, salt, brown sugar, lemon slices, garlic, peppercorns, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, and 4 cups water; whisk until salt and brown sugar dissolve.
    2. 2
      Trim any sinews or excess fat off the breasts; rinse breasts under cold running water, then drain.
    3. 3
      Place the chicken breasts in a large zip-lock plastic bag; add in the brine.
    4. 4
      Let breasts brine in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, turning breasts twice so they brine evenly.
    5. 5
      Set up grill for direct grilling and preheat to high—if using a gas grill, place all the wood chips in the smoker box or in a smoker pouch and run grill on high until you see smoke; if using a charcoal grill, preheat it to high, then toss all of the wood chips on the coals.
    6. 6
      When ready to grill, drain the brine off the chicken and blot the breasts dry with paper towels; discard brine.
    7. 7
      Lightly brush both sides of the breasts with the melted butter; brush and oil the grill grate, then arrange chicken breasts on the hot grate, placing them on a diagonal to the bars.
    8. 8
      Grill the breasts for 2 minutes, then rotate them a quarter turn to create an attractive crosshatch of grill marks.
    9. 9
      Continue grilling the breasts on that side for 2 minutes longer.
    10. 10
      Turn breasts over and grill until cooked through, 4-6 minutes longer, again rotating them after 2 minutes to create grill marks.
    11. 11
      **The total cooking time will be 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the breasts.
    12. 12
      Test for doneness—poke a breast in the thickest part with your finger; it should feel firm to the touch; or to be safe, you can insert a thermometer in one end—170° is done.
    13. 13
      Transfer grilled breasts to a platter and serve at once with your favorite barbecue sauce.

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    Nutritional Facts for Bourbon-Brined Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (237 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 349.9
    Calories from Fat 80
    Total Fat 8.9 g
    Saturated Fat 4.2 g
    Cholesterol 113.9 mg
    Sodium 7231.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    Sugars 13.4 g
    Protein 40.2 g

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