Serves 4

The key ingredient for a perfect roasted chicken is Martinelli’s Apple Cider! While this recipe may take some time it is certainly worth the wait.


  1. In a large stockpot, combine water, Martinelli’s Apple Cider, apple cider vinegar, bay leaves, thyme, and peppercorns over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and whisk in brown sugar and salt until both are dissolved. Remove from heat and add ice.
  2. Once the brine has cooled down, add the chicken and submerge it in the liquid. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours and up to overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425˚F. Add a cast iron skillet to the oven while it preheats.
  4. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Rub with olive oil all over and season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the chicken, breast side up, to the preheated skillet. Roast until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165˚F. This will take about 1 hour 15 minutes-1 hour 25 minutes.
  6. Let rest 5-10 minutes before carving.

Apple Cider Brined Roasted Chicken