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Brined & Roasted Garlic Chicken

Brining the chicken is really what makes this so moist.

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Brined & Roasted Garlic Chicken
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Serves: 4
Brining the chicken is really what makes this so moist.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup garlic cloves
  • 2 cups water + ice cubes
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lemon, zested & cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (3-4 lb) whole roasting chicken
Instructions
  1. Warm water and stir in salt until dissolved. Add ice cubes to cool water back down.
  2. Pour into a blender and add garlic, pepper and olive oil, lemon zest and squeezed lemon juice into the brine, blend.
  3. Pour into a zipper lock plastic bag, add chicken, bay leaves and squeezed lemon wedges. Squeeze out all the air from the bag and seal. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Remove the chicken from the brine, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up, and cook for about 1 hr or until fully cooked.
Notes
Fully cooked breast meat should have an internal temperature of 165°F, and thigh meat should have an internal temperature of 175°F.

 

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