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Spice-Brined Planked Chicken

With both brining and cooking on the wood, you’re guaranteed tender, juicy chicken every time.

Servings 6
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 6
Total Time: 2 hours


  • 1/4 cup fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons pickling spice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 (4 pounds) Just Bare Whole Chicken, backbone removed, cut into quarters
  • 2 cedar or hickory grill planks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ripe nectarines, pitted, halved
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Sprigs of fresh thyme, if desired

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 575 Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Trans Fat 1g 35%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 48g
Calcium 4%Iron 15%
Vitamin C 16%Vitamin A 15%

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


  1. Bring 2 cups water, salt, and pickling spice to a boil in Dutch oven or soup kettle, stirring until salt dissolves. Remove from heat; add 6 cups water and honey. Cool mixture to room temperature. Place chicken in pan; let soak, refrigerated, for 2 to 3 hours.

  2. 1 hour before grilling, place grill planks in water (the sink works well).

  3. Place planks, side by side on grill. Heat grill to medium heat.

  4. Remove chicken from brine; rinse with cold water. Pat dry; rub with olive oil. Place on hot planks. Cover and grill 40 to 45 minutes or until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 165°F. During the last 20 minutes of grilling, arrange nectarines on planks around chicken. Mix 3 tablespoons honey and lemon juice; brush onto fruit and chicken.

  5. Serve chicken and nectarines sprinkled with fresh thyme leaves.


Just BARE® Chicken Drumsticks may be substituted for the Just BARE® Whole Chicken.

Nutritional values may change if you choose to substitute another chicken product.  If substituting frozen chicken for this recipe, thaw before cooking.


Purchase grill planks that are specifically made for food-unless you have access to pieces of untreated cedar. Some planking enthusiasts swear by soaking the planks in apple juice or wine for a more distinctive flavor-but there is not a significant difference.

Pickling spice is a wonderfully aromatic blend of whole spices that can include broken cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, allspice, cloves, juniper berries, coriander seed, mustard seed, dill seed, and bay leaves.