Cherry Bomb Chicken

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Thanks to the magic of brining, this really will almost guarantee a juicy, tasty piece of chicken.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 quart cold water

  • cup kosher salt

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, cut into 4 pieces

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

  • 3 habanero peppers, seeded

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons prepared Thai sweet chili sauce

Directions

  1. Combine water, kosher salt, and sugar in a saucepan over low heat; cook until sugar and salt dissolve, 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

  2. Score the skin side of each piece of chicken 2 to 3 times, about 1/8 inch deep. Place chicken pieces in a large bowl or lidded container.

  3. Puree cherry tomatoes, habanero peppers, garlic, and allspice with the salt and sugar mixture in a blender until smooth.

  4. Pour tomato brine over chicken pieces, making sure all pieces are covered. Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours.

  5. Remove chicken pieces and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels.

  6. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  7. Combine thyme, cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and oil in a small bowl.

  8. Brush each chicken piece with thyme and oil mixture.

  9. Cook chicken, skin side down, on the preheated grill for 1 to 2 minutes. Turn each piece and move to indirect heat. Cook until well-browned and meat is no longer pink in the center, 30 to 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  10. Brush each piece with Thai sweet chile sauce. Transfer to a plate and allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

490 Calories
25g Fat
23g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 490
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 5252mg 228%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 500mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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