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Brined Roast Chicken

Posted by Solitary Dancer on August 2, 2009

I’m not a big fan of brining but I know some of you are. So, I thought you might like this recipe I found over at Big Oven.

Make sure you click on the recipe title to see a picture and some tips from the poster.  Enjoy!!!

Brined Roast Chicken
by: sgrishka

Ingredients

For the Brine

  • 1 cup Kosher salt or 1/2 cup plain salt
  • 1 quart Hot water
  • 3 quarts Cold water

For the Chicken:

  • 1 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pound Free-range chicken – giblets reserved for another use
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted butter – at room temperature
  • Fresh ground black pepper – to taste
  • 1 bunch Flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 6 sprigs Marjoram
  • 1 large Lemon – cut into wedges
  • 1 large Shallot – peeled and sliced

Instructions

Brining the chicken: In a food-grade plastic container or stainless-steel bowl large enough to hold the chicken, stir and dissolve the salt in the hot water. Add the cold water and stir. Rinse the chicken, then submerge it in the brine. (The chicken must be completely submerged in the solution during the brining process. Place a heavy ceramic plate or bowl on top of the bird to prevent it from floating in the brine.) Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours, the longer the better. Pour off the brine and rinse the chicken well under cold running water, then dry it thoroughly with paper towels, inside and out. For extra-crispy skin, place the brined bird on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and return to the refrigerator to air-dry, uncovered, for at least another hour, or overnight, before roasting.

Roasting the chicken: To assure even cooking, remove chicken from refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place oven rack in center position and preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Rub the chicken with the butter and season inside and out with pepper. Place the parsley, bay leaf, marjoram, lemon, and shallot in the chicken’s cavity. Truss the chicken (use string or skewers). Place the chicken on a rack set inside a roasting pan. Roast the chicken until the skin just begins to brown, about 20 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F. Continue cooking the chicken until the thigh juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, away from the bone, registers 170 degrees F, about 20 to 30 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving and serving.

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