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Darling! 5 stars is not enough for this gem of a recipe. I was leary of the Cumin at first. I love cumin but on my Thanksgiving turkey?? I was roasting on a whole turkey breast so I doubled the recipe and prepared exactly as written. This was so easy to prepare and it produced the moistest, tenderest, juiciest most flavorful bird I have ever eaten. Please, USE THE CUMIN!!! It does not come out tasting like tacos, I swear! It gives the meat a subtle hint of something that is totally and completely mouth~friggin~watering. You cant go wrong with one of Kit's recipes. They have never left me disappointed. P.S. I am eating leftover turkey right now and its just as delicious as yesterday! WINNER!

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Beautiful Disgrace November 27, 2009

I had a "Famiy Pack" of chicken breasts - bone-in, skin on. 6 breats at 7 lbs. The brine recipe only covered 3 breasts! But that was OK. I had never even 'HEARD' of brine before - nobody in my extensive family did it! The funny part - when I pulled them out of the brine after about 18 hrs - they were HUGE! LOL! (I wondered if that would work on MY breasts! haha....) I was concerned about the garlic and such flavors being too overwhelming from the brine. I did basic oven fried chicken without adding much more flavorings. NO garlic/onion/cumin taste to overpower the taste of chicken! (I think I DID cut the cumin down a bit - due to other reviews). THIS CHICKEN WAS SO TENDER AND JUICY!...(and huge! lol!) Will definately brine again. Thx for terrific recipe!

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cathie54 August 29, 2007

ooooooo! boyfriend and i had THE best homemade oven baked chicken in BOTH of our families combined! :) THANKS Kittencal first and foremost! kept pretty much the same but used 2 qts buttermilk (from powdered), 1/2c fried shallots, 1/4c minced garlic, 1/4c salt, 1/4c sugar, and same amounts of pepper and cumin as the recipe suggested. soaked bird for about 2 days! ohhhh sooo yummy! on the chicken he used a conglomoration of emerils Southwest essence, minced garlic, celery flakes, smoked paprika, himalaya pink salt, ground thyme, and cracked black pepper. roasted on rack in medium roaster above halved onions, taters, and water. my tastebuds say thanks and my full belly curses it all! lol. will always brine chicken from now on!

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Chef GreanEyes March 07, 2011

Rave reviews from the family this Thanksgiving thanks to this oh so simple and delicious recipe.<br/>Thank you!

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HestiaRose December 01, 2014

I tried this brine on some chicken breasts a few months ago and, wow, they were so flavorful and moist! I decided to try it with a whole chicken and it worked perfectly! I always come out with dry chickens and this time it was great! SO couldn't get enough and he's really gone off chicken lately...Kittencal, once again, for the win!

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Sarah L. September 27, 2013

I used this recipe to brine some breasts that I was going to stuff. I love this brine flavor. The cumin puts it over the top. thank you for sharing

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mommyoffour September 23, 2013

I had never 'brined' anything & wanted to try brining a chicken. We were going camping & thought I would try this. Everything tastes better when camping, right? So I took a whole chicken, cut in half. Put half in a bag with this recipe & tried another brine recipe for the other half. Why I bothered with the second brine is a mystery - Kitten NEVER disappoints. Threw the chicken in the fridg & off we went, It was too windy to cook over the fire so I baked the chicken in the RV after about 36 hours of brining. It was a huge hit! It reminded me of the rotissierie chicken from Costco. I am doing this at home today. I loved the flavor and how moist the chicken was. Can't brag about the leftovers because there were none. This was a wonderful camping recipe, prepare at home and take along. I do want to cook it in cast iron on a fire - think it will be awesome. Thanks Kitten, you rock !

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Janie Cooper June 20, 2013

Didn't like it,sorry. I didn't think it added any taste or tenderness to the roasted chicken. Sorry for a low rating.

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Arichka June 17, 2012

i used this on my 22lb thanksgiving turkey & it came out GREAT! everyone loved it, thanks!!!

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MrsMuffin5 November 29, 2011
Kittencal's Buttermilk Poultry Brine (For Chicken or Turkey)