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Main dishes

Honey-Barbecue Brined Chicken

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A broiler-fryer chicken gets extraordinary flavor from a brine of honey, BBQ sauce and orange zest. The result? Tender, juicy deliciousness.
time
prep:
30 min
total:
1 hr 20 min
servings
total:
6 servings

What You Need

1
bottle  (8 oz.) KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
1/2
cup  sugar
1/2
cup  kosher salt
1
gal.  (16 cups) water
1
Tbsp.  black pepper
1
whole  (4 lb.) broiler-fryer chicken
1/4
cup  KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce
1/3
cup  honey
1/4
cup  fresh parsley
2
tsp.  orange zest
1/4
tsp.  ground red pepper (cayenne)

Make It

BRING dressing just to boil in small saucepan. Add sugar and salt; cook 5 min. or until dissolved. Pour water into 2-gal. stockpot or large bowl. Stir in dressing mixture and pepper. Add chicken. Refrigerate 4 hours.

HEAT grill for indirect grilling: Light one side of grill, leaving other side unlit. Close lid; heat grill to 350ºF. Remove chicken from brine; discard brine. Rinse chicken thoroughly. Place chicken, top side down, on cutting board. Use kitchen shears to cut along one side of the backbone, then cut along the other side to remove bone. Open chicken; place, top side down, on board. Pound to even thickness.

MIX remaining ingredients until blended.

PLACE chicken on grate over unlit area; cover. Grill 40 to 50 min. or until done (165ºF), monitoring for consistent temperature and turning chicken after 20 min. and brushing with the barbecue sauce mixture for the last 15 min.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Serving Suggestion
Serve with smart sides such as grilled vegetables and whole wheat rolls.
Substitute
Substitute 1/4 cup brown sugar for the honey.
Note
Chicken can be soaked in brine up to 12 hours before grilling as directed.
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