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Recipe of the week: Buttermilk-brined chicken in a slow cooker

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com
Buttermilk Brined Chicken is one of the recipes in “365 Slow Cooker Suppers” by Stephanie O’Dea.

In 2008, Stephanie O’Dea made a New Year’s Resolution to use her slow cooker every single day for a year. Fast forward five years and she’s written three cookbooks on all you can do in a Crock Pot.

Her new book, “365 Slow Cooker Suppers” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24.99) has enough recipes for you to follow O’Dea’s lead and use your slow cooker for more than soups and stews, including totally unexpected dishes like this buttermilk brined chicken.

Buttermilk-Brined Chicken

The recipe trail for this chicken is long: It came from a recipe on Pinterest for oven-fried buttermilk chicken from the pickyin.blogspot.com website, which had adapted a recipe from Deb at smittenkitchen.com, who personalized a recipe from Nigella Lawson. It’s recipe genealogy! Serve with a green vegetable on the side, if you ’d like.

4-lb. roaster chicken, cleaned (I remove the skin; it’s up to you)

2 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. paprika

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Hot cooked wild rice pilaf, for serving

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. In a large zippered plastic bag or covered bowl, combine the chicken with the buttermilk, sugar, 1 tablespoon of the paprika, the garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1 teaspoon of the pepper. Seal well, and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours.

Remove the chicken from the bag and discard the marinade. Place the chicken into the insert, breast-side down. Sprinkle the remaining paprika, salt, and pepper on top of the chicken.

Cover, and cook on low for 7 hours, or on high for about 4 hours. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure the meat has reached an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees before serving. Serves 4 to 6.

— From “365 Slow Cooker Suppers” by Stephanie O’Dea (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24.99)