Savory Chicken Brine Recipe -
Savory Chicken Brine Recipe
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Savory Chicken Brine

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"Brining a chicken with soy sauce makes a juicier and more flavorful chicken. Great for baked, grilled or fried chicken."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    4 hrs 15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    5 hrs


  1. Remove giblets from chicken cavity, rinse chicken inside and out.
  2. In a large stock pot or container, mix water, sage, celery seed, thyme, salt, sugar and soy sauce to create brine. Stir well until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Place the chicken in the brine, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove chicken from the brine and rinse well inside and out. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of seasoned salt. Bake the chicken at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes.
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  • Editor's Note: The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 06, 2013

The brine results some very tender chicken for my dinner.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 23, 2014

The chicken was juicy, yes. But there was no discernable flavor imparted by the brine. Full disclosure: I forgot to add the seasoned salt. But if that's the only thing that added flavor, then I'd rather use a different recipe.


7 Ratings

Jul 06, 2014

very good recipe. thanks.

Jun 02, 2014

We brined a large chicken and I let it sit on the fridge overnight. We split the chicken up the back and flattened it and cooked it indirect on the Webber and it was wonderful. This is the best brine that we have tried.

May 25, 2014

I used this brine before grilling chicken halves. The meat was probably the BEST chicken I have ever grilled. Period. It was moist, flavorful, perfect. I brined my chicken for about 8 hours. I will definitely use this recipe again!

May 06, 2014

I have recently discovered the value of brining chicken and my kids have also fallen in love with it. We started with a rather sweet recipe that they enjoyed but then I found this one and they equally loved it and appreciated that it wasn't as sweet as their other favorite. This will be our other go to for brine!

Aug 22, 2013

This was great! I decreased salt/sodium a bit, & sugar, due to family members with health issues - but you have to use enough to allow the flavored liquids to get into the meat. Used "Red Robin" seasoning salt for that ingredient; Used chopped celery - didn't have celery seed. I was only able to brine for 2 hrs. I did both split chicken parts & boneless/skinless chicken breasts. Conv roasted the split whole chicken; grilled the chicken breasts. Everyone loved the flavor & the juiciness.


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  • Calories
  • 626 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 228 mg
  • 76%
  • Fat
  • 28.7 g
  • 44%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 61.4 g
  • 123%
  • Sodium
  • 14333 mg
  • 573%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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