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Grilled Rosemary Brined Chicken

Grilled Rosemary Brined Chicken

Have you brined chicken? You need to brine chicken. I have become such a fan of brining chicken that when I don’t brine it, I am just not a fan. It brings such amazing flavor. Such tender, juicy meat. Really, you need to be brining you chicken and this Grilled Rosemary Brined Chicken is a great introduction.

Like I said, I’ve been making brined chicken a lot. I’ve made Summer Savory Brined Fried Chicken which is my all time favorite fried chicken. Spicy Sriracha Brined Fried Chicken for those of you that love a little kick. And I have also made an Oven Fried Rosemary Brined Chicken that is a huge hit every time I make it. It is the dish that inspired this recipe. You see, as much as I love fried chicken, it has been just too hot to make it this summer. So, like the Grilled Brussels Sprouts & Kielbasa Kebabs that I shared the other day, I’ve taken a cool weather favorite and put it on the grill.

Grilling chicken can be a bit of a challenge, making sure the skin stays crispy and golden while the inside is fully cooked. The best way I’ve found to handle that is to use indirect heat. That is, cooking with 1/2 of the grill on but placing the chicken on the other half. This way it’s a little more like an oven, but you still get the char from the grill AND it doesn’t heat up your house.

Score.

For this Rosemary Brined Chicken, like in most of my chicken recipes, I used drumsticks and thighs. I do this for one reason: the dark meat is tastier. I can’t deny it. It just is. In my opinion it just has so much more flavor. That being said, if you happen to prefer white meat you could easily do this with bone-in skinย on (no boneless, skinless chicken here) chicken breasts. Because the breasts tend to be bigger you’ll need to adjust the cooking time.

Either way you go, you’re going to have tender juicy chicken with a delectably crispy grilled skin.

And really, tender chicken is good and all but perfectly crispy chicken skin? That is what it’s all about.

Grilled Rosemary Brined Chicken

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Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts cool water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

1

Whisk together water, salt, sugar, garlic and rosemary until salt and sugar dissolves.

2

Place chicken in a one gallon resealable plastic bag. Place bag inside a large bowl.

3

Pour brine over the top of chicken, seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but not more than 4.

4

Prepare grill for indirect heat and heat to 425 degrees.

5

Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Season both sides liberally with salt and pepper.

6

Cook chicken skin side down, for 5 minutes. Reduce heat down to 350. Continue cooking chicken for 10 minutes or until it easily releases from the grill. Flip and continue cooking for another 10 - 15 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted reads 165 degrees and the juices run clear.

7

Transfer to a plate, sprinkle with fresh rosemary, if desired, serve.

Notes

Enjoy!

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  • Adriana Martin

    Nothing like a good chicken dish. This recipe looks so yummy and your pictures are beautiful!

  • Dear Des, your chicken sounds superb. I love to brine sometimes…it just adds so much flavor and juiciness to the meat. These look wonderful! xo, Catherine

  • Makes a world of difference to brine chicken for flavor!!

  • This sounds absolutely delicious!

  • Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    I am a big fan of the brine as well, and for pork chops too! I adore anything with rosemary, this sounds really delicious.

  • I’ve never really brined a chicken. A turkey…yes. I will have to try this. The brine ingredients sounds like this makes a tasty, juicy bird.

  • I have yet to try brining a chicken, but I really need to. I’ve heard so many great things about it and I love that your recipe uses rosemary!

  • I can almost imagine how good your house must have smelled while this was cooking :D Looks (and sounds) amazing!

  • This sounds so delicious!! I love that you add rosemary, it must have tasted yummy!

  • Oh, wow! This chicken looks amazing! I’m so making this. Thanks for sharing!

  • This chicken looks fantastic! I wish I was having this for dinner tonight! I need to start brining my chicken too! Perfect recipe. ;)

  • Jackie

    Hi

    I would love to make this recipe, but I do not have a grill.

  • joanne whitehead

    My grill is gas so I can’t put it on half. Also I’ve never brined before, so I don’t know how to brine. But this looks delicious. Yummo!!