Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 35 mins
Brining chicken is a great technique for making roasted chicken extra moist! The seasonings added to the brine infuse the bird with hints of ginger and orange. Enjoy! Adapted from Cooking Pleasures magazine.
- 4 1⁄2 cups water, divided
- 1⁄4 cup fresh ginger, chopped
- 1⁄3 cup kosher salt (coarse)
- 4 teaspoons orange zest, divided
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1⁄2 cup apple juice (or orange juice)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 1 (4 1/2-5 1/2 lb) whole chickens
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1⁄2 cup water, plus
- 2 tablespoons water, divided
- 1⁄2 cup chicken broth
- 1⁄3 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Place 1 1/2 cups of the water and 1/4 cup chopped ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the remaining 3 cups water, salt, 2 teaspoons orange peel, 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup apple juice, honey, thyme and hot pepper sauce; stir well to dissolve. Cool 15 minutes or until room temperature.
- Place the chicken in a 1 gallon resealable plastic bag. Place in a large bowl. Add the brine. Press the bag to remove air; seal. Refrigerate at least 6 hours or up to overnight. Drain; discard brine. Gently pat the chicken dry.
- Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375*F. Place the chicken, breast up, in a heavy shallow roasting pan. In a small bowl, stir together 1 tbls. minced ginger, remaining 2 teaspoons orange peel and butter. With a spatula, loosen skin from the breast and thigh areas. Spread the butter mixture under the skin of chicken over breast and thigh meat. Bake 1 hour 30 minute to 1 hour 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180*F. Place the chicken on a platter; cover loosely with foil. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes.
- Now remove the fat from pan drippings. Add 1/2 cup of water, broth, 1/3 cup orange juice and 1 teaspoons ginger to the roasting pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, scraping up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. In a small bowl, stir together remaining 2 tbls. water and cornstarch; whisk into the sauce. Boil 1 minute or until thickened. Serve sauce with the chicken. Enjoy!
Sharon this chicken turned out so moist and delicious, I made th brine as stated only I added in fresh garlic cloves, the drippings were so good, I love this thank you for sharing I look forward to making it again soon!
I put the chicken in the brine and allowed to it sit overnight and several hours the next day. Put it in the oven and it baked up wonderful moist. Brining does really infuse the bird with lots of wonderful flavor. Served this with a brown rice pilaf and Garlic Snow Peas Garlic Snow Peas. Thanks Sharon for posting.