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Beer-Brined Roasted Chicken

Beer-Brined Roasted Chicken

  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
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  • 1/3 cup Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup packed Light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Molasses
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 24 oz Dark beer
  • 4-5 lb Whole chicken
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning


  1. For the brine, in a medium saucepan combine 2 1/2 cups water, salt, brown sugar and molasses. Place over medium-high heat; bring to boiling. Add bay leaves; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until salt and sugar dissolve. Remove from heat; let cool 15 minutes. Pour into a bowl or container large enough to hold the chicken; stir in beer. Set aside.
  2. Remove giblets and neck from chicken. Place chicken in brine. Cover and refrigerate 12 to 24 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly coat a roasting rack and pan with nonstick cooking spray. Remove chicken from brine; discard brine. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. In a small bowl combine oil and seasoning; rub on chicken. Tie legs together with kitchen twine; tuck wings under. Place chicken on rack in pan, breast side up.
  4. Roast 1 hour, 20 minutes to 1 hour, 30 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 165F when inserted into the thickest part of the breast and thigh. Transfer chicken to a cutting board; cover loosely with foil. Let stand 15 minutes. Carve, and serve.