Nov 30, 2012

Brine a Chicken with Kikkoman-Recipe

I rarely make roasted chicken since I can't seem to get it to come out very juicy. But I've heard from a little bird named mom that I could get the chicken to come out juicy if I would brine the chicken. Well that sounds too fancy and like far too much work for me. But then Smiley360 offered a campaign to brine a chicken in Kikkoman Soy Sauce and that was just the nudge I needed to tackle my first brining project.

Recipe for Chicken Brine
5-6 pound whole chicken
1 gallon cold water
3/4 cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce
3/4 cup kosher salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 t dried sage
1 t dried celery seed
1/2 T dried thyme

1. Remove giblets from chicken cavity, rinse inside and out.
2. In a large stock pot combine all the ingredients except chicken stirring until sugar and salt is dissolved.
3. Place the chicken in brine and cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
4. Remove chicken from brine and rinse well inside and out.
5. Sprinkle with 3 T of seasoned salt and bake the chicken for 45 minutes at 400 degrees.

I wasn't sure how this would come out for me since I cook with very little salt. But I do cook with soy sauce when I make Asian food so I was willing to try it out. I did only put 1 T of seasoned salt on top since I knew 3 T would be way too much for me. Also my chicken wasn't done after 45 minutes, it took an hour. I know that oven temperatures vary and I've long suspected that my oven thermometer was off.

When I cut into the chicken the juices flowed out. I cannot believe that I was able to cook a chicken that was this juicy! Even with the extra 15 minutes it still came out perfectly cooked. And the skin on the outside was nice and crispy. The only problem for me was that it was too salty. I think it would have been fine if I had used Kikkoman's low sodium soy sauce instead of the original. And next time around I'm going to try the low sodium soy sauce and skip the seasoned salt on top all together and just use herbs.

Disclaimer-I received a bottle of soy sauce and some promotional items in exchange for this review post as a Smiley360 blogger. All opinions are mine and no further compensation was provided.


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