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Chef Robert Irvine's Cider Brined Chicken

Ingredients (Serves 8)

  • 3 tbsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tbsp. pepper, divided
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 8 pieces chicken; legs, thighs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Mix 2 tbsp.salt, 2 tbsp.pepper, 4 cups water, vinegar, and apple juice in a 2 gallon container. Add the chicken and allow to marinate for 30 minutes up to 3 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tbsp. salt and 1 tablespoon pepper to the flour, mix well, and hold until ready to fry.
  3. In a cast iron skillet, add the oil and bring to 350 degrees F over high heat. Remove the chicken from the brine, pat dry with a paper towel, and dredge the chicken in the seasoned flour, coating well and tapping off any excess. Once all the chicken is floured, add to the oil, in batches, and cook until golden brown on both sides, 8 to 9 minutes per side. The internal temperature must be 165 degrees to be cooked thoroughly. Drain thoroughly on paper towels before serving. 
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