Thursday, November 1, 2012

Grilled Brined Chicken with Garlic and Thyme

I love to cook new recipes especially with new flavors and ingredients  One of my favorite brands to cook with is Holland House Cooking Wines. I use the white wine for chicken, fish, seafood and some sauces and it is wonderful for flavor. I love the red wine, the balsamic vinegar and cooking sherry. They are some of the others that I use alot. All of Holland House cooking pruducts are wonderful and give every recipe extra delicious flavor. They are a must have in your kitchen! Check out this amazing recipe from Holland House.

Grilled Brined Chicken with Garlic and Thyme
Brine time 1 to 2 hours. Grilling time 10-14 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

1 bottle (16 oz.) Holland House White Cooking Wine with Lemon
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme or 1 rounded Tbsp. dried thyme, crushed
2 large cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press
2 Tbsp. kosher salt See salt substitutions below
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 oz. each) see Kitchen Tips below

 1.Pour about 2/3 cup cooking wine into a glass. Stir in thyme and garlic.

2.Microwave on high 1 minute.

3.Cool to room temperature — at least 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Or place glass in an ice water bath to chill faster; stir occasionally.

4.Meanwhile, stir salt into remaining cooking wine until completely dissolved. When cooled, stir brine “flavor infusion” and add to remaining cooking wine; stir.

5.Place chicken in a sealable plastic bag or non-metallic bowl. Pour brine over chicken so it is completely submerged. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour if chicken is thin, 2 hours if it is thick (1-inch or more).

6.Preheat grill to medium heat. Drain chicken and discard brine; do not rinse chicken.

7.Grill thin chicken breasts 6 minutes (8 minutes for 1” thick breasts) over direct heat with cover closed. Turn chicken, close cover, and grill 2-4 minutes more (about 4 minutes more for thick breasts).

8.Serve immediately.

Salt Substitutions For this grilled chicken recipe use: 2 Tbsp. Diamond Crystal kosher salt, or 1 Tbsp. + 1/2 tsp. Morton kosher salt, or 1 Tbsp. Morton table salt.

Large Chicken Breasts If parts of the chicken breasts are more than 1-inch thick, use a sharp knife to cut the thick end horizontally to make a smaller second piece. This ensures more even brining and cooking.

Cooking Wine If you cannot find Holland House White Cooking Wine with Lemon, add a teaspoon fresh lemon juice to Holland House White Cooking Wine.

 Nutrition information per serving (8 oz breasts): 180 calories, 36g protein, 0g carb, 4g fat, (1g sat. fat), 100mg chol, 990mg sodium, 0g fiber

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