Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Crispy Hot Cider Tea-Brined Chicken Thighs #AppleWeek #Sponsored

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #AppleWeek . 
I received complimentary product from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #AppleWeek recipes. 
All opinions are mine alone.

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As far as recipes go, two dozen bloggers have been working hard to bring you over eighty recipes to bring apples to your Autumn table. Here are the Wednesday offerings for you.

#AppleWeek Day Three Recipes

Crispy Hot Cider Tea-Brined Chicken Thighs

I decided that I wanted to use the Hot Apple Cider Tea from event sponsor The Republic of Tea* to brine some chicken thighs. After making this, I was reminded that I really should take the time to brine more often. The chicken was so tender and flavorful; it did make a difference.

Ingredients serves 4

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 T oil + more for drizzling
  • 1 organic onion, peeled and quartered
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 C salt
  • 2 C water
  • 2 tea bags (for this I used two Hot Cider Tea bags from Republic of Tea)
  • 1/2 C soy sauce
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1/2 t white pepper
  • 1/2 t ground coriander


Combine water, tea bags, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and swirl pan until salt is completely dissolved. Pour in soy sauce and whisk in garlic, white pepper, and ground coriander. Set aside and let cool.

Once the brine has cooled, place chicken in a lidded container and pour brine over thighs until they are completely submerged. Refrigerate for, at least two hours but, as long as a day. Before cooking, remove chicken from the brine and pat dry.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan that's oven safe (I used a braiser).

Place chicken thighs, skin side down, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. The skin should be browned and crispy.

Turn thighs so that the skin side is facing up. Nestle quartered onions in the pan. Sprinkle with salt. Drizzle the onions with oil and return to the oven.

Roast for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Place chicken and onions on a serving platter and serve immediately. I served this on top of some Spanish rice.

Don't forget, you can enter to win two canisters of the Hot Cider Tea for yourself from Republic of Tea. Visit my kick-off post and enter the rafflecopter.

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  1. Absolutely love the Hot Apple Cider Tea, would have never thought to use it in this way, brilliant!

  2. That sounds like an amazingly flavorful chicken dish!

  3. Great minds Cam....my chicken went live today. Isn't that tea brine amazing?