I used up what was left of the apple cider 2009 in this recipe. Then I promptly went out and bought 5 gallons of apple cider 2010. There is no hope.
I decided for a family get together I would just order rotisserie chickens from the store. Sam's was too far away to fulfill my purpose so I went and check out closer possibilities. All I found were puny roasted fryer chicken with very little meat. Plus who knows what they put on it. Next I went to the organic grocery store. At least it would be safe to eat. Twelve to 16 dollars for one chicken. No thank you. I decided I would make my own. It turned out better than any store prepared chicken. Lots of meat, too. This has been requested for Thanksgiving.
Rotisserie Style Chicken
Adapted from Diane Morgan
1-2 large plump roasting chickens ( I used Perdue all-natural plump with a pop-out timer)
2/3 c. kosher salt
2/3 c. sugar
8 c. apple cider or apple juice (you can even use water)
2 bay leaves
Rotisserie chicken seasoning (look for no msg)
In a 3- to 4-quart saucepan, put salt, sugar and bay leaves. Add apple cider or juice and stir to combine. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until salt and sugar have dissolved. Boil for 3 min. then remove from heat. Add 4 c. of ice cold water, stir and set aside to cool.Place plastic turkey-size oven bag inside a second bag, then place in a large stockpot. The stockpot will hold the bags and chicken for you. Position bags so they are wide open and fold the top of bags over the stockpot. Remove chicken from its wrappings. Remove neck and bag of giblets. Place chicken inside bags. Pour brine over chicken. Add another 2 c. cold water. Draw up top of inner bag, squeezing out as much air as possible; secure it with a twist tie. Do the same for outer bag. Place chicken, breast-side down in roasting pan and refrigerate 12 to 24 hours. Turn chicken 3 to 4 times while brining.
If you are only using one chicken, it can simply be placed in a large stock pot. Pour brine over the chicken and refrigerate 12-24 hours.Just before roasting, remove chicken from brine. Discard bags, brine and bay leaves. Rinse chicken under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
Rub chicken with oil, about 1 T. per 3 pound chicken. Sprinkle or rub on 2 T. rotisserie seasoning. (I am sure I used more oil and more seasoning.)
Pre-heat oven to 375.
Place chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. Add 1 c. of water to pan (don't use if you want a crispy skin). The breast should read a temperature of 180 degrees. Use the time chart on the chicken wrapper to determine about how long it will take. Allow for a little more time if roasting more than one chicken. At 375 degrees a chicken takes about 20 minutes per pound plus another 10-20 minutes to roast. It takes about 2 hours to roast two chickens with baked potatoes in the oven at 375. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving. Can roast at a lower temperature (300-325) for a longer time.