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It’s so easy to brine turkey or chicken!
I have never in my life tried to brine turkey or chicken before. It always sounded like a really complicated project to take on. I was recently asked to brine a chicken using Kikkoman Soy Sauce, so I thought I would finally give brining a try and see exactly what it entailed.
This was sort of a pre-Thanksging run for me, and I can’t wait to brine turkey for Thanksgiving now. Prior to this I had no idea how to brine turkey or chicken, but it was not a complicated process at all, and the results were amazing!!
To brine my chicken, I simply poured water, Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce, dried sage, dried thyme, dried celery seed and Kosher salt in a 5 gallon bucket. I put my chicken down into the mixture, covered the bucket, and put it in my refrigerator for 8 hours.
Then, I took my chicken out of the mixture, placed it in a roasting pan with about 6 cups of the liquid from the bucket, and cooked it according to the package instructions.
I was a little skeptical about brining my chicken with soy sauce. I’ve only used soy sauce in Asian dishes before, and I really had no idea that you could do so much more with it.
I was extremely impressed with the flavor of the chicken, however. Whenever I have flavored a chicken in the past, I’ve only flavored it on the outside, so only the skin really got flavor. Brining the chicken allowed the flavor to soak through the entire chicken. Every single bite was full of flavor, and the chicken was very moist and tender.
If you’d like to try brining a turkey or chicken, here’s how you do it:
The night before roasting, remove giblets and turkey neck; rinse turkey or chicken inside and out. in a large stockpot or 5-gallon bucket, mix water with remaining ingredients. Stir well until all the salt is dissolved. Place the turkey in the pot or bucket, cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. Remove turkey or chicken from the brine. Follow your regular turkey or chicken cooking instructions.
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It’s so easy!
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Alternate Kikkoman Chicken Brine Recipe:
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.
Will you brine turkey for Thanksgiving this year?