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Chicken Brine

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars
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"Makes meat very tender and juicy and bursting with flavor!"
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Ingredients

4 h 27 m servings 46
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 gallon)

Directions

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  1. Combine water, Sauvignon Blanc, and sea salt in a large pot. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until salt is dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in ginger, parsley, thyme, rosemary, orange zest, lemon zest, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Let brine steep, covered, until cool, 4 to 5 hours.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • To brine chicken: Submerge chicken completely in brine and refrigerate for 1 1/2 to 2 days. Rinse off brine under cold water and pat chicken dry. Place chicken on a baking sheet and chill uncovered for up to 8 hours.
  • To cook chicken: Bring chicken to room temperature and rub with oil; stuff cavity with orange and lemon slices and fresh herbs. Season chicken with a dry rub and tie up with butcher's twine. Grill over hickory chips until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 46 calories; 0.1 2.8 0.3 0 2652 Full nutrition

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I made this without the ginger and paprika. I don't care for either ingredient, but the other items sounded wonderful. I used 12 chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken. That being said.....

I wish the cook's notes had been included, but I used dried ginger and dried orange rind and brined it for about 24 hours. I roasted it at 250 degrees for about 9 hours and it was fabulous . I ...

This is an awesome brine. Meat is incredible juicy after just a few hours. Will not cook bird again without a brine and this is the best I have tried so far.

This brine was excellent! I halved the recipe because I was only needing enough brine for 2 cornish hens. Instead of grilling over hickory chips I smoked them in a smoker with hickory chips. I'v...