Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Chicken

Whether it’s the holidays or a weeknight dinner, delight your guests with Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Chicken. Brined with bourbon, pure maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and salt to prepare the chicken for roasting, the infusion of flavor helps the chicken to maintain a moist texture.

ingredients
instructions

Brine and Roasting

1 whole free-range chicken
¼ cup bourbon
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sea salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Glaze

1/3 cup maple syrup
½ cup filtered water
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Notes

Recipe developed by Danny Seo, Naturally

 

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Brine and Roasting

  1. Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Place in a large durable plastic bag.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the bourbon, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Pour into bag with chicken, seal and refrigerate overnight or for at least one hour.
  3. Drain off brine and pat chicken dry.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  5. Rub the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper. (Optional: tie the legs together for more even cooking.)
  6. Turn the bird over every 15 minutes, and roast for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the skin is crisp, juices run clear, and internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Glaze

  1. Add maple syrup, water, bourbon, cinnamon, coriander, fennel and salt to a small pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until mixture has reduced and thickened.
  2. Lacquer the cooked bird with the glaze and cook for additional 1 to 2 minutes (glaze is quick to burn).
  3. Let the cooked chicken rest for a few minutes before carving, for the juices to redistribute.

Type: Dinner

 
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maple recipes
The natural sweetener offers a variety of flavor components, including; nutty, vanilla, coffee, floral and spicy flavors.floral and spicy flavors.
Benefits of Maple
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