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Baked chicken is a staple in my household. When most people hear that we eat baked chicken, their first response usually has something to do with “How do you keep it from drying out?” While this recipe is not directed completely at this question, it is a solution. The great thing about this recipe is that you can brine it all day, if you want, and the chicken will come out of the oven flavorful to the bone and juicy!
In a large bowl, combine the water, seasonings, garlic and onions. Place the chicken pieces in the brine mixture making sure they are submerged. I like to cut the breast pieces in half so they are more similar in size to the thighs. This just makes it easier to time the cooking later on. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Preheat your oven to 375 F. While the oven heats, remove the chicken from the refrigerator, remove the chicken from the brine and arrange the pieces on a broiling pan, skin side up. Lightly pat excess moisture off the top of the chicken with a paper towel. However, do not rub the chicken! You do not want to remove the seasoning from the chicken.
Bake the chicken for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The skin should be deeply golden and crisp and all juices should run clear from the meat.
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Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!