Cherry Bomb Chicken

68 Reviews 4 Pics
  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    40 m
  • Ready In

    5 h 40 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

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

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 6 servings

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Directions

  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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Reviews (68)

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Wifey1013
30

Wifey1013

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!

karalb88
14

karalb88

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!

Kathy
13

Kathy

OMG OMG OMG - made this chicken yesterday and it was amazing. Can't stop thinking about it - may have to make it again today. Chef John I love you!

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 490 cal
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 25.3 g
  • 39%
  • Carbs
  • 22.6 g
  • 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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