Beer-Brined Chicken

Flavorful, moist and delicious! Those are the results you'll get with brining—give it a try.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 11 hr 40 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

Brine and Chicken

2
cups water
1/4
cup kosher (coarse) salt
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
2
cans or bottles (12 oz each) beer or nonalcoholic beer, chilled
1
whole chicken (3 to 3 1/2 lb)

Rub

3
teaspoons paprika
1/2
teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4
teaspoon onion powder
1/4
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Line 2-quart bowl or saucepan with 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add water, kosher salt and brown sugar; stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Stir in beer. Add chicken. Tightly seal bag; refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 2 Line 13x9-inch pan with foil. Remove chicken from brine; rinse thoroughly under cool running water and pat dry with paper towels. Discard brine. Place chicken, breast side up, in pan. Refrigerate uncovered 1 hour to dry chicken skin. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix all rub ingredients except oil; set aside.
  • 3 Heat oven to 375°F. Brush oil over chicken. Sprinkle with seasoning mixture; rub into chicken skin. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest piece is cut to bone (170°F for breasts; 180°F for thighs and drumsticks). Let stand 15 minutes for easiest carving.

Expert Tips

You can skip the step of refrigerating the brined chicken 1 hour to dry the skin. This step results in a crispier skin, a technique used in Chinese cooking.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
160),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
18g
18%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
85mg
85%;
Sodium
720mg
720%;
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
27g
27%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 4 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.