Dry Brined Chicken
Learn the secrets to making the perfect Dry Brined Chicken each and every time. This is hands down the best roasted chicken you will ever make.
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If you have tried to roast a chicken before and were disappointed with the results, this is the recipe for you. You’re going to freaking rock this chicken.
Bawk, Rockin’, Meats <—- little known Chemical Brothers song.
And since you can’t just serve roasted chicken by itself, go ahead and whip up a batch of Instant Pot Asparagus Risotto, Easy Carrot Mash, Air Fryer Asparagus, Blistered Shishito Peppers, Air Fryer Butternut Squash, or Baked Cauliflower Patties.
What Is Dry Brining?
Dry brining is a super-easy method for ensuring the juiciest chicken/turkey ever. You use salt to draw out the moisture in the meat. At first glance, that seems like a guaranteed way to serve dry chicken, but stay with me here!
You allow the salt to sit on the chicken for at least 12 hours. It initially will pull the moisture up to the surface of the chicken…but then something magical happens.
That moisture then mixes with the salt and goes back down into the meat. You’re essentially marinating this bird in a continuous cycle of awesome food science.
Pro Tips/Recipe Notes For Perfect Paleo Roast Chicken
- This recipe is based on the Very Classic Dry Brine Roast Turkey recipe from Bon Appetit which makes the best turkey you have ever truly had. I’ve adapted it to our tastes and for making a much smaller bird.
- Feel free to nestle some potatoes, carrot chunks, or other veg in the roasting pan while the chicken is cooking. This makes it an awesome one-pot meal! Even better, add some pressure cooker caramelized onions for amazing flavor.
- I know 2 tbsp of kosher salt sounds like a lot, but it will all be rinsed off prior to cooking.
What to Do With Leftover Chicken
If you want to be a total meal prep boss, cook two chickens at once. Not only will it give you extra food for the main meal, but you’ll have loads of extra cooked chicken for other recipes like:
- Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie
- Whole30 Chicken Salad
- Buffalo Chicken Fries
- BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese
- Leftover Turkey, Rice, and Black Bean Bake (sub turkey for chicken obvs)
- Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
- Chicken Salad With Dill
- Not to mention you’re going to totally crush your homemade chicken bone broth making game! Want to make it shelf stable? Check out this post on How to Can Chicken Broth.
Dry Brined Chicken WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS
One serving has 3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Dry Brined Chicken
- Remove all parts that may be in the cavity of your chicken.
- Rub the whole chicken down with the kosher salt.
- Place in a bowl or roasting pan and loosely tent with foil. Place in the fridge for at least 12 hours, or up to two days.
- One hour prior to cooking, remove the chicken from the fridge and carefully rinse all the salt from the body. Let sit at room temperature for 50 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place rack in lower third of the oven.
- Place chicken on a baking rack in a dutch oven or roasting pan. Tuck some fresh rosemary around the legs.
- Bake for 35 minutes.
- While the chicken is roasting, mix butter, herbs, and garlic in a small saucepan. Heat on low until melted.
- After 35 minutes, reduce oven temp to 350 degrees.
- Pour the butter and herb mixture over the chicken and place back in the oven. Baste in 10 minutes.
- Continue to cook the chicken until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees in the fattest part of the thigh keeping the tip off of the bone (~30-45 more minutes).
- Allow the chicken to rest on the counter 10 minutes before carving.