Brined Chicken

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READY IN: 1hr 35mins
Recipe by Eric N. Frankel

This is a recipe that will not only infuse your chicken with unbeatable flavor, it will make it virtually impossible to dry it out while cooking.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Clean chicken and set innards in a medium pot 1/2 full of water. Simmer on a very low flame, covered, for 1-1/2 hour. Add salt and pepper to taste. This step can wait until you put the chicken in the oven if you prefer.
  2. Combine spices in a bowl large enough to cover the chicken. Start with 2 cups of water and stir until salt is dissolved.
  3. Place chicken in bowl, breast down, and cover with water.
  4. Cover bowl with cling wrap and let soak 1 hr per pound (eg.: soak a 6 pound bird for 6 hours).
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  6. Place chicken, breast side up, on a 1/2 sheet pan with wire cooking rack, filled 1/3 full with brine solution, and cook for 1-1/2 hours.
  7. Remove chicken from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before cooking.

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