Brined Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

October 5, 2011

For the last several years I’ve been brining the Thanksgiving turkey and I think I’ve brined a couple of roaster chickens here and there.  Then last month I decided to add a little extra zip to a bunch of chicken parts and was amazed at how much difference it made. The chicken came out amazingly juicy and tender and full of flavor.  Now I’m hooked!  Combined with my usual batch of roasted vegetables, this classic was a hit.  It’s also quite simple and easy.

Use whatever herbs or flavors strike your fancy.  I have sage and rosemary in the garden so I used a bunch, picked fresh.  Dried herbs are just fine.

Get the chicken in the brine a day before you plan to cook it, or at the very least give it 12 hours.  Mine sat in the fridge for about 24 hours.

Brining the Chicken:

  • Chicken Parts (or whole chickens)
  • Kosher Salt,1/2 cup
  • Brown Sugar, 1/2 cup
  • Coarse Ground Black Pepper or Peppercorns, 2 tablespoons
  • Sage and Rosemary, a few sprigs of each
  • Garlic, 4 or 5 cloves
  • Water, 2 quarts

Add the salt and sugar to 2 quarts of warm water.

Add the pepper and stir it together until the salt is dissolved.

Rinse the chicken and remove any excess fat.  Put it into a giant zip bag along with the herbs and peeled garlic cloves.  Add the brine mixture.  Carefully squeeze out the excess air and seal the bag.  Lay it flat in the fridge and let it sit for a day.

The Veggies and the Rest:

  • Small Red Potatoes, 3 pounds
  • Carrots, 6 to 8
  • Sweet Yellow Onions, 2 or 3
  • Rosemary, a tablespoon or so when snipped
  • Sage. a tablespoon or so when snipped
  • Olive Oil, a couple tablespoons
  • Pepper

Preheat the oven to 375.  Scrub the potatoes and cut them into quarters.

Scrub the carrots, or peel them if you like.  I didn’t bother because I’m lazy like that.  Cut them into chunks.  I was lucky to get help from my granddaughter.

Slice the onions and snip the herbs.

Mix all the herbs and vegetables together in a big roasting pan.  Sprinkle with pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil.  Stir it all together again so the vegetables are lightly coated with the oil.

Take the chicken out of the brine and arrange it over and around the vegetables.  Pour about a cup of the brine into the pan. It’ll keep the vegetables from sticking to the pan and keep everything nice and moist.

Bake at 375 for 75 minutes, give or take, or until the chicken is done and the vegetables are tender.

Remove the chicken to a platter.

Stir the vegetables together in a big serving bowl. Serve it all up and enjoy!

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1 Rebekah Vance October 5, 2011 at 9:48 am

This looks amazing! Makes me ready for dinner at breakfast time!

I have wondered about brining a turkey. Last year it seemed to be all the rage. I just never plan ahead that far! :)

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2 Cathy S. October 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm

This looks fabulous! How would you brine and cook a whole chicken?

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3 karenbove October 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I’d probably brine a whole chicken in a big pot or bowl instead of a bag, like I do for turkey. It might require doubling the amount of brine just to keep the whole thing covered completely. Roasting would be about the same process as parts, it’ll just take longer. Put the chicken in the roaster pan and arrange the vegetables around it and cook at 375 until it’s done. Time will vary according to the size of the bird.

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