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    Brine

     

    brine, herbs, sugar, salt
    Brine is one of a chefs biggest kept secrets!

    Brine is an essential part of making your meat or poultry moist.You can play with this recipe you can use beer or wine, juice  in place of water, or do half and half water. Also if there is a certain herb flavor your looking for you may add that as well fresh or dried. I like to keep this very light in flavor so you can add whatever you want to it. Do not leave chicken breast in brine overnight in fridge but you can leave whole birds in the brine overnight. Smaller cuts of meat may become to salty. Generally I leave cut chicken ,or pork 2-4 hours. This brine is very versatile you can rinse off the brine and cook it litterally anyway you like. And it will be very moist. You will also notice your meat may become firm thats ok it’s supposed to do that.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Brine

    herbs, sugar, salt

    Brine for meat.

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 10
    • Cook Time: 10
    • Total Time: 20 minutes
    • Yield: 1 gallon 1x
    • Category: brine
    • Method: brine
    • Cuisine: american
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    Ingredients

    3 bay leaves

    2 tablespoons black peppercorns

    1/2 cup honey or sugar

    1 bunch fresh thyme

    1 onion cut in half

    1/2 cup kosher salt

    1 lemon cut in half

    8 cups water

    Instructions

    Boil all ingredients together. Cool all the way before adding your meat, I prefer to use zip lock bags to put it in after its cool.

    Keywords: brine, chicken, turkey, pork

    an add whatever you want to it. Do not leave chicken breast overnight in fridge but you can leave whole birds in the brine overnight. Smaller cuts of meat may become to salty. Generally I leave cut chicken ,or pork 2-4 hours. This brine is very versatile you can rinse off the brine and cook it litterally anyway you like. And it will be very moist. You will also notice your meat may become firm thats ok it’s supposed to do that.

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    Entrees,  Recipes

    Strawberry Chicken

    We picked fresh strawberries this week and to celebrate Summer we are dedicating our next few days of posts with our favorite recipes with strawberries! They had so much fun and even got to ride on a strawberry tractor.

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    I brought my niece and nephew to pick strawberries!
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    Strawberry Chicken

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    Strawberry Chicken! This chicken is marinated in a strawberry balsamic marinade, grilled on a grill! and finished with balsamic syrup and fresh strawberries with basil.

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 15
    • Cook Time: 30
    • Total Time: 45 minutes
    • Yield: 6 1x
    • Category: Entree
    • Method: grill
    • Cuisine: American
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    Ingredients

    Balsamic marinade

    1 cup fresh strawberry

    1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

    1 Tablespoon brown sugar

    1/2 cup olive oil

    1 tsp sea salt

    1 tsp pepper

    1 tsp garlic

    4 peices of chicken you can use any kind of chicken it doesn’t have to be chicken breast

    1 bunch basil

    1 cup fresh strawberries

    Balsamic Glaze (for drizziling you can buy balsamic syrup at most grocery stores)

    if you want to make it  It only takes 15 minutes and it’s much healthier than buying it from the store (which usually has unnecessary stabilizers, emulsifiers and chemical colorings).

    1 cup balsamic vinegar

    1 tablespoon honey

    Instructions

    Blend all of marinade in blender place chicken in a zip lock marinade at least 4 hours or overnight.

    Heat grill, cook 25 minutes depending on what kind of chicken you have.

    Balsamic glaze

    Add the balsamic vinegar and honey to a small pot. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.

    refrigerate after use sauce will thicken as it cools.

    A little bit goes a long ways drizzle over cooked chicken

    dice strawberries and basil fold together and put on top of the chicken!

    Yum so good!

    Notes

    You can also use your favorite balsamic vinaigrette and just add strawberries for the marinade. This can also be baked 400 25 minutes. But I enjoy the smokey flavor from the grill.

    Keywords: Strawberry Chicken,Chicken, strawberry, grilling, dinner

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