The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat

Inspired by Cook’s Illustrated & an Essay by Michael Pollan

Preparation info
  • Serves

    6 to 12

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      1 hr 10

Appears in
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

By Melissa Joulwan

Published 2011

  • About

The grill is not always kind to our lean, reliable friend, the skinless, boneless breast. But this recipe unlocks the secrets of juicy, flavorful meat with minimal work. Infused with zing from a relatively quick brining and coated in a fragrant blend of spices, this chicken gets a sexy finish with a drizzle of Moroccan Dipping Sauce.



  • 2 garlic cloves, whole
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons



Secret #1: Brining

You will think this step is not necessary. You will, perhaps, find it too fussy. Ignore those feelings, and put the chicken in the salty spa. Trust.

Place the garlic cloves on a cutting board and place the flat side of a knife on top of them. With your fist, lightly strike the knife to crack the