Published January 1, 2000. From Cook's Illustrated.
Seeking a broiled chicken recipe that would produce moist, well-seasoned meat with a caramelized flavor and crisp skin in a short amount of time, we brined cut-up chicken thighs or breasts in a sugar and salt solution for better flavor, texture, and caramelization (thanks to the sugar) of the skin. Slashing the skin a few times before broiling allowed the fat in the skin to render, and cooking the chicken on the bottom shelf of the oven kept it moist and tender. To add flavor to our broiled chicken recipe, we used a simple rub or served it with a flavorful dipping sauce.