Beer-Brined Chicken

Beer-Brined Chicken

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

Prep Time

15

Minutes

Total Time

11:40

Hrs:Mins

Makes

6

servings

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.
Makes 6 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Time-Saver
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:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 280
    • (Calories from Fat 160),
  • Total Fat 18g
    • (Saturated Fat 4 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 85mg;
  • Sodium 720mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 0g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 0g),
  • Protein 27g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    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.