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One Mom's Moxie: Kikkoman Soy Sauce Brine Recipe #JuicyBirdProject

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kikkoman Soy Sauce Brine Recipe #JuicyBirdProject

I am so excited to share with you my experience brining a chicken with Kikkoman Soy Sauce! Now I have to tell you I am a self proclaimed non-cook. I can cook basic things but when it comes to things that are out of my comfort zone I tend to overcook, undercook or just not cook! So being a part of the Smiley360 Blogger Program I was thrilled to push myself to make something out of my comfort zone. I received my Kikkoman Soy Sauce kit which I love even though I had to give up the duck to my daughter Olivia, she loves ducks!
So now that I had my kit I had to go purchase a whole chicken. I found a great little bird and then found a brine recipe I was comfortable trying. Here is my complete recipe:

Easy Kikkoman Soy Sauce Brine Recipe
5-6 Pound Whole Chicken
1½ Gallon of water
3/4 Cup of Kikkoman Soy Sauce
2/3 Cup of Sugar
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons of Honey (this can be omitted)
Seasoning of Your Choice

I put a gallon of water at room temperature in a very large bowl. Then I put half a gallon of hot water in a bowl and mixed in the sugars, salt and honey to dissolve. I then added the Kikkoman Soy Sauce and olive oil into the gallon of water. Add the dissolve ingredients into the large bowl or pan to brine the chicken. Once all the ingredients are together I added garlic salt, pepper, minced onion and paprika. I then put the whole chicken in and let it soak for a few hours. You can let your whole chicken brine for a few hours or overnight, it's up to you.
And this was how the chicken looked after a few hours in the brine.
Before cooking the chicken make sure to rinse the chicken well inside and out. Then if you'd like season the chicken lightly with salt and paprika. Bake at 400° for 45 minutes to an hour. Here is my beautiful Kikkoman Juicy Bird!
I wish it would have browned all around but I was afraid to overcook it. It turned out to be a very, very juicy bird. I am not exaggerating when I say it was so juicy the meat was falling apart. I honestly cannot wait to cook another Kikkoman Juicy Bird!! For more recipes, products and information you can visit the Kikkoman website. You can also follow Kikkoman on Facebook for even more recipes, photos and coupons.

Disclosure: As a Smiley360 Blogger I received the product kit for free, but did not receive an monetary compensation. All opinions are 100% my own.