feta chicken

Feta brined chicken


1 split fryer

2 oz. crumbled feta cheese

2 teaspoons kosher salt

4 cups water


1 lemon and the zest

About 2 teaspoons oregano

Lemon pepper

Salt (optional)


Make up the brine with the feta cheese, salt and water. You can use a food processor or as I did with an immersion blender. Add the chicken to the brine and add water to cover if needed. Let it set overnight in the fridge.


A few hours before cook time, remove the chicken from the brine. Dry with paper towels and place on a rack in a pan and in the fridge to air dry. A half hour before cook time squeeze the lemon on both sides, add the oregano and lemon pepper, and salt if you use it. Rub it in evenly.


Cook your favorite way. I did mine on my pellet smoker ½ hour on 200 deg. grill level then eased it up to 310 deg. grill level and cooked to a breast IT of 178 deg. It took a total of 1 hour 40 minutes.