jC’s Brined Chicken Thighs

Hello, it’s Katie here again with another delicious recipe. This chicken, brined in a mixture of jC’s Sweet Ice Tea will make your mouth water! Here’s what I did:

First, gather your ingredients:

- One bottle (16 oz) jC’s Sweet Ice Tea
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp salt
- 1/2 Onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 Lemon, thinly sliced
- 2 Garlic cloves, halved
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- 2 lbs. chicken (I used thighs)

Next, boil 1 1/2 cups of water. Add jC’s Sweet Tea and bring it back to a boil, remove from heat as soon as you see the bubbles. Stir in the sugar and salt and then add the remaining ingredients (except the chicken!), stir well. Let the mixture cool for 1 hour.
After cooling, stir in a handful of ice, or refrigerate the mixture. You want it to be good and cold before you add the chicken. Once the mixture is cold combine it with the chicken in a large zipper bag.

Let this sit overnight, or at least 4 hours.

When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drain the chicken and lightly coat with olive oil. Cook for 45 minutes, or until your meat thermometer reads 180 degrees. When you remove the chicken from the oven, be sure to let it sit for a few minutes (this is the hardest part because it smells so amazing!) because you want all the juices to soak back into the chicken meat. Et voila! It’s delicious alongside a root vegetable medley, a most amazing winter dinner!

Ingredients:

  • One bottle (16 oz) jC’s Sweet Ice Tea
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 lbs. chicken thighs

1. Add jC’s Sweet Tea to 1 1/2 cups boiling water. When the mixture reaches a boil, remove from heat.
2. Stir in the sugar and salt and then add the remaining ingredients (except the chicken!), stir well. Let the mixture cool for 1 hour.
3. After cooling, stir in a handful of ice, or refrigerate the mixture. The mixture needs to be cold before adding the chicken. Combine the mixture with the chicken in a large zipper bag. Let it sit overnight, or at least 4 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
5. Remove chicken from mixture and drain. Lightly coat with olive oil and sit chicken in a roasting pan.
6. Cook for 45 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees.

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