Perfect Roasted Chicken or Turkey

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Jessica Hannan

By
@PansyAlvaris

I love brined chicken! (or turkey!)
I originally started brining poultry because of my contrary nature. I was going to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family....but I wasn't going to do it the regular way!

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The brining technique really made the chicken moist! The flavors are wonderful and your guests are sure to be impressed. The Test Kitchen


Rating:
★★★★★ 3 votes
Comments:
Serves:
10
Prep:
8 Hr
Cook:
2 Hr
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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1 c
kosher salt
2 large
whole chickens
2
bay leaves
1 large
trashbag with a drawstring
1
ice chest
1
bag of ice
4 gal
water

THE VEGGIES

1 lb
baby carrots
2 lb
small potatoes
3 stick
celery
8 clove
garlic, peeled
1 large
yellow onion
1 large
lemon

THE SPICE RUB

2 Tbsp
herbs de province
2 tsp
sea salt
1/4 c
vegetable oil

THE EXTRAS FOR THE SAUCE

2 Tbsp
white wine

How to Make Perfect Roasted Chicken or Turkey

Step-by-Step

  • 1Dissolve salt in water.
  • 2Trim extra fat from around the cavity of the chickens. Rinse well and drain.
  • 3Place trash bag in the ice chest, and place chickens in it. Pour water over the chickens, add the bay leaves and ice. If the chickens are not covered, add more water. Tie bag shut, close ice chest and let soak for 8 hours.
  • 4Preheat oven to 400*
  • 5Cut celery into 1 inch chunks and cut the onion into 1/4 inch wedges. Slice the lemon into 8 wedges.
    Place in bottom of large roaster.
  • 6Add carrots, potatoes, lemon and garlic the pan. Shake to mix the veggies up.
  • 7Mix the herbs de province, salt and oil.
    Smear over both sides of chickens, half of the mixture for each one.
  • 8Place chicken on top of veggies, breast side down.
  • 9Cover and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Flip chickens half way through to brown both sides, if desired.
  • 10Turn off oven. Remove chickens and lemon from the roaster, discard the lemon. Add the white wine to the drippings, stir and cover again. Put roaster with veggies back in the oven.
  • 11Let chickens rest for 20 minutes and the veggies continue to cook.
    Remove veggies from pan, and carve the chicken. Serve with the pan gravy over the chicken.

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About Perfect Roasted Chicken or Turkey

Course/Dish: Chicken, Roasts
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: French
Collection: Thanksgiving Table
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy




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