Cherry Bomb Chicken

Cherry Bomb Chicken

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Chef John 15584

"Thanks to the magic of brining, this really will almost guarantee a juicy, tasty piece of chicken."

Ingredients 5 h 40 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 490 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 490 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 25.3 g
  • 39%
  • Carbs:
  • 22.6g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 41.5 g
  • 83%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 129 mg
  • 43%
  • Sodium:
  • 5252 mg
  • 210%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Combine water, kosher salt, and sugar in a saucepan over low heat; cook until sugar and salt dissolve, 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. Score the skin side of each piece of chicken 2 to 3 times, about 1/8 inch deep. Place chicken pieces in a large bowl or lidded container.
  3. Puree cherry tomatoes, habanero peppers, garlic, and allspice with the salt and sugar mixture in a blender until smooth.
  4. Pour tomato brine over chicken pieces, making sure all pieces are covered. Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours.
  5. Remove chicken pieces and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels.
  6. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  7. Combine thyme, cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and oil in a small bowl.
  8. Brush each chicken piece with thyme and oil mixture.
  9. Cook chicken, skin side down, on the preheated grill for 1 to 2 minutes. Turn each piece and move to indirect heat. Cook until well-browned and meat is no longer pink in the center, 30 to 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  10. Brush each piece with Thai sweet chile sauce. Transfer to a plate and allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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Footnotes

  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.
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Wifey1013
7/6/2012

Absolutely amazing!!! I must admit I was scared of the habanero peppers so I substituted with jalapenos...BUT next time I am making exactly as the recipe says. Definitely making this again, and again, and again!!!! UPDATE: Remade with the habanero peppers, DELICIOUS!! Don't change a thing. Also, if you have questions watch Chef John's video on this recipe...it is extremely helpful!

Celeste
7/19/2012

Delicious! I always brine my chicken. I usually just use beer and salt, but this adds extra flavor. UPDATE: I have made this a couple of times now, and the frist time I made as is and the second time I only used 3 1/2 TBSP of salt and marinated it over night, the flavor was much better and less salty as the original recipe. Do use gloves when handling the habanero peppers and make sure to dry the chicken well before grilling, that way the skin will crisp up.

karalb88
6/25/2012

The PERFECT bbq chicken! I had never tried to grill chicken before, so I was nervous. It turned out amazing, and all 3 people I made dinner for told me it was the best bbq chicken they had ever had! Next time I make it (which will be soon), I am thinking about adding some fresh pineapple to the brine. Amazing!