I smoke roasted a Brined Chicken the other day. The brine consisted of some Lemonade, Sea Salt, Sugar, Bay Leaves and Black Peppercorns...
I started with a frozen chicken, so I let it go for about 36 hours before air drying it in the fridge for another 10 hours...
I rubbed it down with my Apple Rub and placed it on the BCC stand without a beer or soda. To be honest with you, I couldn't tell the difference from when I use a soda can or beer.
The chicken turned out great! Nice and juicy and the skin was just right...I don't think the Lemonade did too much for the brine, although I smoke roasted the chicken with Apple Wood, so that may have masked any Lemon flavor that may have imparted into the chicken...
Decided to use some of the leftover chicken breast for a Round 2 recipe tonight.... I was scrolling through Steven Raichlen's Bold & Healthy Flavors and stumbled across a couple delicious looking recipes!
I decided to go with Steven Raichlen's recipe for "South-of-the-Border "Lasagna" from page 117...(had to use my iPhone to cover the ingredient list. )
This recipe calls for using "Cooked Salsa Verde" that you can find on page 8 of Bold & Healthy Flavors.
Here's the Cooked Salsa Verde finished:
The South-of-the-Border "Lasagna" used layers of Corn Tortillas, the Salsa Verde, the Chicken that I had previously smoke-roasted, fire roasted jalapenos (SR used poblanos which I couldn't find at Food Lion ), Sour Cream and Cheese... You use a Spring Form pan, so I wasn't about to ask my wife for permission to use that on the grill. So I placed it in the oven this time....still counts though since I smoke-roasted the chicken.
This recipe was absolutely delicious!!! The Salsa Verde was incredible, and the added smokiness of the Chicken put it over the top!
Pretty healthy too.... We ate the portion that serves 4 people, but we also only used 9 tortillas instead of 12, so I imagine we saved quite a few calories doing that. This was one delicious recipe. I highly recommend this book for those of you who wish to shed a few pounds without sacrificing on flavor.