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Friendsgiving Chicken – Fall Apple Brine

Wanting to infuse some Apple flavor into this upcoming Friendsgiving? Try our Friendsgiving Chicken with Fall Apple Cider Brine recipe! With its mouthwatering blend of apple cider, maple syrup, and warm spices, everyone around the table will want a slice.

Servings 6
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 60
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 60 mins


  • Chicken Ingredients:
  • Other Ingredients:
    • 6 cups apple juice
    • ¼ cup kosher salt
    • 3 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1 lemon, sliced
    • 1 orange, sliced
    • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
    • 1 bunch fresh thyme
    • 1 tsp whole peppercorns
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 stick cinnamon

Nutrition Facts

About 6 servings per container

Serving size 6 oz (188g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 250
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g 18%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 4250mg 185%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 9g
Includes 6g Added Sugars 12%
Protein 22g
Calcium 80 mg 6% Iron 1.5 mg 8%
Potassium 170 mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


Chicken Preparation:

  1. In a large enough container, submerge chicken in apple juice brine mixture and refrigerate overnight 
  2. Traditional Roasting of Chicken:
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
    2. Removed chicken from brine, rinse and pat dry with paper towels.  Season with salt and pepper
    3. Roast chicken, basting as needed, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until internal temperature reached 165 degrees
  3. Spatchcock Method
    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 
    2. Using poultry shears, cut along each side of the chicken backbone and remove it. Turn the chicken breast side up and press on the breastbone to flatten the chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
    3. Transfer the chicken to a large rimmed baking sheet, skin side up.  Roast for 45 minutes, until the skin is browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in an inner thigh registers 160°F. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Other Preparation:

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, bring apple juice, maple syrup, salt, lemon and orange slices to a boil, remove from heat and let come to room temp
  2. Add rosemary, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaves and cinnamon to apple juice mixture