Roast Brined Chicken with Raisin and Pine Nut Agrodolce
"Brining isn't imperative," says Michael Chiarello, "but it adds juiciness." Before roasting, he rubs the brined birds with a spice mix and brushes them with butter; the flavors are even better at room temperature, making this a stellar picnic dish. Michael Chiarello: Brining Chicken More Great Chicken Recipes
The roasted chickens can be refrigerated overnight. Serve lightly chilled or at room temperature.
To go with the chicken, winemaker Jamey Whetstone serves a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Says Whetstone, "Michael puts dishes together like I make wine—by thinking of the end result and how every decision will play out."