Roasted Chicken featuring Spicy Brining Blend

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Ingredients

2 cups (1 jar) Spicy Brining Blend
1 chicken (3-5 pounds)
2 cups boiling water
3 cups ice cubes
12 cups cold water (to bring total mixture to 1 gallon)
2 tablespoons olive oil or softened butter

Recipe Info

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Cook Time: 
1 ½ - 2 hours
Refrigeration Time: 
18-24 hours
Resting Time: 
20 minutes
Total Time: 
20 hours, 20 minutes
Serving size: 
4

Directions

1. In a large non-reactive container, combine the Spicy Brining Blend with boiling water. Stir to dissolve salt and infuse water with flavor. Add the ice cubes; stir to cool mixture.
2. Rinse chicken under cold water and place into the brine. Add cold water to completely cover bird (brine should total 1 gallon).
3. Place in refrigerator to brine for 18 – 24 hours.
4. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
5. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry. (Do not rinse!)
6. Rub chicken with olive oil or softened butter inside and out. Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan.
7. Roast for 1 ½ to 2 hours, or until a thermometer inserted in the chicken thigh reads 160ºF. Check temperature at ¾ cooking time as brined meat cooks faster than non-brined meat.
8. Remove the chicken from the pan, place on the cutting surface and cover tightly with foil for 20 minutes before carving.

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Recipe Tip:
To add even more flavor to the chicken, combine two tablespoons of my Herbes de Provence with olive oil or butter and rub on chicken before roasting.

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