I am a wife, a mom of three, and the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. I read cookbooks in my spare time and enjoy getting kitchen appliances for presents :) I love preparing delicious and healthy food for my family and here are a some of what graces our table each week.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lemon Thyme Brined Chicken

I usually wait till the end to say how amazingly delicious a meal is, but I just can’t help myself! Danny and I practically licked the carcass dry. We saved 1/2 a breast and one thigh, but polished off the rest of the meat. I had never brined anything before, but will definitely be doing it again. Incredible!

You can look up “brines” online and there is a science to it, but here is what I did. This comes from our Weber Grilling Cookbook…

Into a large pot:
1 c. kosher salt
1 c. brown sugar (called for white…)
1 tbsp dried thyme
2 lemons, cut in half and juiced
1 gallon cold water
3-4lb whole chicken

Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Remove chicken, pat dry and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp pepper, inside and out. Inside cavity, put 6-8 spring fresh thyme and 4-6 cloves garlic, crushed. Tie up legs and grill until the breast come to 170F. It only took our chicken 45 min to come temperature. On the side, grilled potatoes and coleslaw. It doesn’t get much better ;)

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1 comment:

The Gourmet On A Diet said...

That looks delicious and the absolute opposite of dry. I love roasted chicken, so I'll definitely try this. Thanks!