Grilled "drunk" chicken breasts - Scotch whiskey brine

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by edward36, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. edward36

    edward36 Meat Mopper

    Hey Folks!

    Aye, I'm a wee bit Scotch fan [​IMG]. Actually, there's not even a single Irish or American whiskey in my bar - only Scotch single malts and couple of blends, like Ballantine's and that guy who never stopped walking - Johnny Walker. So for me pouring a shot or two of my favorite amber liquid into a sauce or a marinade was nothing but a matter of time. My first attempt was to add it to a brine, and what's more natural to be brined than chicken breasts? Right!

    So here we go - very simple brine, spiked with couple of shots of 12 years old Ballantine's.
    • 2 tbsp kosher or coarse sea salt
    • 4 tbsp brown or turbinado sugar
    • 1 tsp black peppercorns, whole
    • 10-12 allspice berries, whole
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1/4 cup your favorite Scotch (as I said, I used Ballantine's)
    • 3-4 lemon slices
    • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed with a side of a cleaver
    The brine is a standard boiled brine - combine all the spices but the garlic, lemon and Scotch in a saucepan, add 2 cups of water, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Then - off the heat, add 2 cups of ice cold water, let cool to a room temperature, pour in the Scotch, add garlic and lemon slices. That's it!

    This will be enough for 2 whole chicken breasts. I usually cut them in half and trim the thin fillet flap (I use them for a Thai satai skewers). To brine, place the chicken breast halves in a plastic bag (resealable if you have one), pour the brine in and refrigerate 5-6 hours.

    Set up your grill to direct grilling on high heat. Grill the chicken breasts 10-12 minutes, turning only once half way through. The meat should be completely white and feel firm to touch. If you prefer the thermometer - it's at 165F in the thickest part.

    Don't forget to let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving :).


    Last edited: Jun 24, 2014
  2. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    sounds Great. Try re-posting your picture though, it didn't come through. (Or did you have a couple shots before you gave it to the chicken? LOL )
  3. edward36

    edward36 Meat Mopper

    Strange, the pic looks good to me... Here it is again... 

  4. edward36

    edward36 Meat Mopper

    And hey! Of course I had couple of shots before and after giving it to the chicken :) :) :)
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  5. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    I might have a couple myself. The first picture is now there too. Oh well, It looks twice as [​IMG]good now! 

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