Thursday, March 3, 2011


soy-apple brined roast chicken (3)

Back in November, I made a Soy-Apple Brined Grilled Turkey with a recipe from Kikkoman that I tweaked.  I decided to adapt my recipe to a small fryer chicken.  Instead of grilling it, I roasted it in the oven.  Since I had some of the apple-jack cream gravy from the turkey stashed in my freezer, I used that to serve with the chicken. 
soy-apple brined roast chicken

The chicken was moist, tender and delicious, just like the turkey was.  This is a great  brining recipe to use for poultry, and I highly recommend it.  Click on the link at the beginning of this post to find my recipe for delicious apple jack cream gravy to serve alongside.

Soy-Apple Brined Roast Chicken
Source:  Judy’s Kitchen
Rating:  9.5 out of 10
1 cup boiling water
2 Tbsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 quarts + 3 cups cold water
5 Tbsp. lite soy sauce
8 fresh sage leaves
2 tsp. celery seed
6-8 fresh thyme sprigs
1 (12 oz.) container frozen apple juice concentrate
1 (3-1/2 – 4 lb.) young chicken, no water added

Dissolve the salt into the boiling water and let cool.  In a Dutch oven or other suitable container, pour the cooled salt water and all the remaining ingredients except the chicken.  Stir well.  Add the chicken, making sure it is completely covered with liquid.  If not, you’ll have to either add more brine or change to a container that will allow the chicken to be covered.  Refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.

Heat oven to 325F.  Remove chicken from brine and rinse well with cold running water.  Pat dry inside and out with paper towels.  Stuff inside of chicken with aromatics:  celery, onion, apple, garlic, sage and thyme.  Roast uncovered about 2 hours, or till thermometer inserted in thigh registers 165-170F.  Let chicken rest 1/2 hour before serving.


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Mmmmmm I can just smell that and it is very good :) Diane

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I've never brined anything, but this looks delicious and I'll give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I tweeted this recipe for you also!

Barbara Bakes said...

A gorgeous bird. I really need to move a brined chicken to the top of my list.

Joanne said...

Wow! Judy that looks awesome and I don't even eat meat.
That is one recipe that will make my hubby want to marry me all over again. I'm taking it down. So good!

Judy said...

Ocean Breezes, thanks for tweeting. I know you are going to like this if you make it!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Sounds great Judy. I like what soy sauce brings to a dish. Sometimes I like to call it my "secret" ingredient.

briarrose said...

Beautiful color! I love the apple flavoring.

teresa said...

this looks just beautiful! love it!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This looks great! I'm not sure if I have ever brined anything...I bet it's super tasty :)

FOODESSA said...

The blend of ingredients caressing this chicken roast are perfection...I can practically smell it ;o)

Happy you passed by my blog and now I have a chance to get to know your kitchen also.

Flavourful wishes,

FOODESSA said...

All the ingredients caressing this chicken are perfection...I can imagine the aroma.

Nice of you to visit the other, I have a chance to visit your kitchen also ;o)

Flavourful wishes,