Kikkoman Juicy Bird Project

Brined chicken recipe
Kikkoman Brined Chicken
How are you preparing your bird this holiday season? Have you considered brining it? I had heard of people brining their chicken or turkey but had never done it. Like most people I worried that it would be salty, or taste odd.

Recently I was put on a Kikkoman mission from Smiley360. As part of the mission they ask that you use a Kikkoman soy sauce in a brine on a 6 lb chicken and report how it came out. I was intrigued to try it, so when I saw the mission I immediately applied.

Kikkoman Brined Chicken

My packaged arrived from Smiley360, and I was shocked. It was the smallest package I had ever received! In the past it was large boxes, but this time it was a small envelope. Inside was a free product coupon for Kikkoman, instructions and other coupons. Good things do come in small packages!

I went on a quest locally to find the Kikkoman Gluten Free Soy Sauce, and was lucky enough to find it at our local Meijer! I also picked up our 6 lb chicken that day and a couple other ingredients the recipe required.

Kikkoman provided a simple brine recipe (listed below) as well as an instructional video. It seemed simple enough – the hardest part? Waiting to make it! (I let the chicken brine over night). I used the Kikkoman gluten free soy sauce instead of their regular one, and I did make a couple small changes. Unfortunately when checking my spices I found I had run out of celery seed, so instead I used 1/4 tablespoon of rosemary. I also put the chicken in the rotisserie instead of baking it.

I’m always a bit hesitant with soy sauce, I use it for recipes but I’m not a fan of the taste by itself. So I was a bit worried that the chicken would have a soy sauce taste. Instead it came out juicy, moist and had a wonderful flavor. It’s hard to describe the flavor, almost like a slight caramelized taste of the skin.

Since the chicken retained most of it’s moisture, I put the little bit of dripping in with some stock and made a great gravy too! What a great dinner for a Sunday night!

I posted the recipe and video below – let me know if you try the recipe – it’s delicious!

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Kikkoman Recipe Savory Chicken Brine:

  • Ingredients (Recipe for a 5-6 pound chicken)
  • 1 gallon Cold Water
  • 3/4 cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 3/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried celery seed
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme


Remove giblets from chicken cavity, rinse chicken inside and out. In a large stock pot or container mix water and the remaining ingredients, stir well until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Place the chicken in the brine, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove chicken from the brine and rinse well inside and out. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of seasoned salt and bake the chicken 400 degrees for 45



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