I was sent on a Smiley 360 Mission to try to fix a chicken using the Kikkoman Chicken Brine Recipe. They claimed I would have a juicy bird and thought I might want to suggest that you try it for your Thanksgiving Turkey this year. I have to say, this was FABULOUS! And indeed, you really might want to prepare your turkey this way.
I mixed up the brine recipe in the cute 5 gallon bucket they sent to me.
Then I added in a fresh, clean chicken.
I let it sink down into the prepared brine.
Then I put the lid on it and let it brine for the next 4 1/2 hours. My chicken weighed 4 1/2 pounds, so that breaks down to just 1 hour per pound.
When the brining time was up, I removed the chicken, patted it dry and placed it in my deep dish baker. It was time to cook it!
Then I baked it for just about an hour in a 350 degree oven until the internal temperature of the chicken reached 180 degrees. At this point I removed it from the oven and let it rest before serving.
We loved this chicken. It was definitely juicy and very flavor-able. It reminded us of a rotisserie chicken from the store, except we knew what was in this one. We will definitely be making this again and again.
Kikkoman Chicken Brine Recipe
- 2 cups Kikkoman Soy Sauce
- 2 Gallons water
- 1 1/2 Cups Kosher Salt
- 8 Cloves minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
- 4 dried bay leaves
- 1/4 Cup Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 Cup brown sugar
- Combine all ingredients in a large food safe container.
- Whisk until salt and sugar are totally dissolved.
- Place meat into brine.
- Leave in brine about 1 hour per pound of meat.
- Once done brining, pat meat dry before cooking. Roast the chicken and baste with Kikkoman Soy Sauce.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a brining bucket, recipe, and two coupons good for a free bottle of Kikkoman Soy sauce for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”