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Cider-Roasted Chicken

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro
Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 4 ounces chicken and about 1 tablespoon jus)
Brining overnight in a salt-and-cider mixture makes this chicken recipeincredibly flavorful and moist; basting with reduced apple cider adds a hint of sweetness to the finished roasted chicken. Use tongs to carefully remove skin from the hot chicken.

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 quart apple cider
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (6-pound) roasting chicken
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 large onion, peeled and halved
  • 4 flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled

Nutrition Information

  • calories 224
  • caloriesfromfat 29 %
  • fat 7.1 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 2.7 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 26.9 g
  • carbohydrate 11.3 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 80 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 452 mg
  • calcium 26 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring until salt dissolves. Remove from heat; cool completely. Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Pour brine into a 2-gallon zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken; seal. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight, turning the bag occasionally.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°.

  3. Bring 2 cups cider to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until cider has thickened and reduced to 1/4 cup (about 15 minutes). Set aside.

  4. Remove chicken from bag; discard brine. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Place the onion halves, parsley, and garlic into cavity. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under chicken. Tie legs. Place chicken on rack of a broiler pan. Bake at 400° for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until thermometer registers 175°. Remove from oven (do not turn oven off). Carefully remove and discard skin. Baste chicken with half of reduced cider; return to 400° oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; baste with remaining cider reduction. Transfer chicken to a platter.

  5. Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour drippings into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into a small bowl, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Serve jus over chicken.

Cook's Notes

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