Brining will help keep the chicken (or other meat) moist while cooking. It will also help draw the flavors into the chicken or turkey.
Mix all of the ingredients in a pot large enough to fit a 3 – 4 lb chicken. Note: For a larger bird, like a turkey, multiply the ingredient amounts accordingly.
Let the bird sit covered in the brine for minimum of 1 hour, but no longer than 2 hours. Cook chicken as you normally would – in the oven or on the grill.