- 2 quarts water
- 1/2 cup salt
- 4 bone-in chicken breast halves (12 ounces each)
- 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 8 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup sherry or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 3 fresh thyme sprigs
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- For brine, in a large saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Cook and stir until salt is dissolved. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature.
- Place a large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag inside a second large resealable plastic bag; add chicken. Carefully pour cooled brine into bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible; seal bags and turn to coat. Refrigerate 1-2 hours, turning several times.
- Preheat oven to 400°. Drain and discard brine. Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In a large ovenproof skillet, brown chicken in oil over medium heat.
- Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°. Remove chicken and keep warm. Drain drippings, reserving 1 tablespoon.
- In the drippings, saute garlic for 1 minute. Add broth, sherry or additional broth and thyme. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Discard thyme. Stir in the butter, lemon juice and remaining pepper. Serve with chicken. Yield: 4 servings.
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.
Reviews for Roasted Chicken with Garlic-Sherry Sauce
"Great dish! My husband and 6 year old son devoured it. I did it with what I had. Skinless/boneless chicken breast. Next time I would like to try a skin on, getting the skin really crispy in the oven. I only had egg noodles on hand and they were actually a nice, light accompaniment. I have also thought of adding a little cream for a richer sauce depending on the side."
"I was nervous about making this, especially since it didn't have any reviews but I am so glad I did! This chicken turned out so flavorful and tender compared to chicken breasts that are normally dry and flavorless. I couldn't find chicken breats that were bone-in and already halved so I asked the meat specialist at the store to just cut split bone-in chicken breasts in half for me. I ended up having 6 servings instead of 4 but all this did was change the cooking time to about 5-10 minutes longer. Delicious! I wouldn't change a thing."