Friday, March 5, 2010

Chai-Brined Chicken

We are big fans of brining. It's such an easy way to keep meats like chicken, turkey & pork, that often go dry when cooked, really moist. The right brine can also bring a lot of flavor to the meat.
#64 - Chai-Brined Chicken
When I was making the brine for the Molasses-Brined Pork Chops earlier this week I noticed a recipe for a Chai Brine. I had a chicken to roast thawing in the fridge & thought this would be a nice change of pace. Plus ever since we got back from India we've really been into drinking chai so why not cook more with it too.
Chai-Brined Chicken
I wish you could send smells through the computer because this chicken smelled amazing! And the taste was just as wonderful. Often when we roast a chicken all the flavor stays on the skin but the meat is still pretty bland. That is not a problem when prepared like this, the spicy/sweetness of the brine penetrates the whole bird. If like us you are trying to watch what you eat a little bit you know how bad that skin is for you so its awful nice to have the meat taste so good you don't miss the crispy skin (well, not too much anyway).

Chai-Brined Chicken
(from Mastering the Grill: The Owner's Manual for Outdoor Cooking)

1 c fruit juice (we used peat nectar but apple, pineapple or other juices would be great)
1 c chai concentrate
1 1/2 T kosher salt
1/2 t freshly ground pepper

Put all the ingredients into a resealable bag. Close the bag & shake to dissolve the salt. Add the chicken. Seal the bag removing as much air as possible. Rub the brine into the meat a little. Put into a bowl that just fits the chicken. Let sit in the fridge for 2 - 8 hours, flipping once, the longer it sits the more flavor the chicken will absorb. Remove the chicken from the brine, discard brine & cook chicken.

Makes 2 cups brine

We brined a whole chicken but you could brine chicken pieces with or without the bones. This was great as a roast chicken but I think would be equally good done on the barbecue or sautéed in a skillet.

Just a note about the cookbook, Mastering the Grill: The Owner's Manual for Outdoor Cooking, we got this brine recipe from. It is one of out favorite cookbooks & a lot of the recipes are good for more than just grilling. I noticed today it is bargained priced on Amazon for $6.20 & I just wanted to highly recommend it to you all. For the price it is hard to pass up.

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tamilyn said...

That looks really good! I just made brined pork chops on Thursday; my first attempt at brining. They were so good, and I don't really like pork chops.

I want to try a turkey breast next that is in the deep freeze.

Sook said...

Oh what a great recipe! I don't think I've ever brined anything before. Sounds great!

Beth (jamandcream) said...

You come up with some wonderful idea's Kat - wish I could smell it.

Tangled Noodle said...

This is truly irresistible. I love brined meats as well but haven't made in a while. This is being printed out right now! (And I obviously missed the molasses-brined pork chops, so have to go back to that!)

vanillasugarblog said...

yes the chicken sounds amazing, but to be honest I couldn't keep my eyes off the stuffing. lol

Liren said...

I'm a huge fan of brining but for some reason have never brined a chicken. The chai sounds fantastic!!

Michelle said...

I feel so far behind the times when I have to admit I've not even tried tea brining yet.

Wonderful recipe and one I'd love to try!

Peter M said...

Love the colour of the chicken!

Fresh Local and Best said...

This chicken looks absolutely delightful! I'm imagining how wonderful it must taste!

grace said...

i'm all for brining meats, too, and your use of chai here is SO appealing to me. beautiful bird!

Lori said...

I have chai almost every afternoon. I love it. I bet it would be great witht he chicken. The prok chops sounded good as well.

Lori said...

How interesting! I never would have thought of the chai flavors with meat, but this looks so good.

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

Chai-brined chicken sounds absolutely marvelous! Love the colour on that chicken!

ice cream goddess said...

I was looking for something different to do with my chicken. I thought of a Chai marinade and the brine worked even better. I never brined pork before, only poultry meats, Will have to do that! I have a quarter of a hog to finish up. Have a cookery day!
Raine the ice cream goddess

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