I had the BEST winner, winner, Chicken dinner this evening!  Salty, tasteful, moist and all gone.  I took Kikkoman Soy Sauce and created a brine and made me some chicken! 

Kikkoman Brine

Now, if you don’t know what brine is – I didn’t – it is basically soaking something in this great water/ salt/ sugar mixture for anywhere from 4 hours to a day and a half.  After that, you rinse the meat and cook it.

Easy, right?


Soooo easy!

Ok so step one is buy the bird.  Find on that is between 5 and 6 pounds for this recipe.  And then buy some Kikkoman Soy Sauce.

When you get home, wash the bird inside and out and clean out his innards.  It helps if you talk like Julia Child during this part.  I don’t know why, but it is just fun to do.  Once the bird is clean, set him aside on some paper towels.  Then follow the directions below:

Kikkoman Recipe Savory Chicken Brine

Ingredients for a 5-6 pound bird

1 gallon cold water
3/4 c Kikkoman Soy Sauce
3/4 c Sugar
3/4 c Kosher Salt
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried celery seed
1 tablespoon dried thyme

In a large stock pot pour the water and all other ingredients and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved.  Put the chick in the brine and cover.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours.  The longer, the better! Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse it in and out.  Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of seasoned salt over it and bake at 400° for 45 minutes.  Remove, cut, serve, and devour.

kikkoman Brine

Now, I served mine with yellow sides, mac and cheese and corn, because that is what my kids really like with their chicken.  And I added a little Kikkoman Soy Sauce on top of the chicken for some extra oomph!

The chicken came out tender, juicy, falling apart and totally edible.  Like all in one sitting edible.  Don’t judge!

I could totally taste the salty richness of the Kikkoman Soy Sauce and found that it permeated through the entire bird!  And my kids liked it too!  Which, really… what is the point of a recipe if the kids won’t eat it?

Kikkoman Brine

This process was so easy and the flavor so good that I want to brine other things now.  Turkey’s, pork roasts, beef pot roasts and on and on.  I would love to use my Kikkoman to enhance the flavors of other items besides it’s usual Asian foods!

Consider this easy and tasty recipe this holiday season! Impress your guests who will think you slaved over the stove!

Kikkoman Brine


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