Perfect Chicken Brine

Perfect Chicken Brine


"Brining chicken adds tons of flavor and keeps the meat moist. Several years of experimenting with ingredients and method and I finally found the right combination for my perfect chicken brine."
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2 h 30 m servings 38 cals
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Original recipe yields 20 servings


  • Calories:
  • 38 kcal
  • 2%
  • Fat:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 9.2g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 0.6 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 3423 mg
  • 137%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Mix water, kosher salt, white sugar, garlic, sage, basil, peppercorns, and bay leaf in a large pot over medium-high heat; bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the salt and sugar are dissolved completely, about 20 minutes.
  2. Remove pot from heat and cover with a lid. Cool brine at room temperature for 2 hours before refrigerating to cool completely.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Cook time depends on heat source; could take more or less than 20 minutes to bring to simmer.
  • Allowing the brine to sit at room temperature for the first two hours of cooling time steeps the dried herbs. I've found this makes a huge difference in the flavor. Let brine cool completely before adding chicken.
  • Whole chicken can sit in brine for up to 8 hours. Chicken pieces (bone-in) can set in brine for up to 4 hours.


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I bought a deep fryer for the Christmas turkey but wanted to test it out on a chicken. I used this brine and it was awesome. I did let it sit in the brine overnight and I thought it was a little...

Excellent!! Had folks coming over for a cookout - used the brine to make chicken kabobs. REALLY added a nice moisture to the chicken breast pieces. After cooling the brine I soaked the whole bre...

Turned out PERFECT! Had 2 8-9 lb Oven Stuffer Roasters! I made the Brine Solution in a saucepan using 4 cups of water and let cool 2 hours to room temperature. Using 2 -2 gallon Ziploc storage...

The amount of kosher salt to water is spot on. That is the most critical aspect of a brine. The seasonings can all be changed up to whatever suits you.

After I brined chicken pieces for 4 hours I put in buttermilk for 2 more. It was the most moist, flavorful super crispy fried chicken I ever tasted. There were no left overs!

Awesome recipe! Never tried brining before and lucked out on this great recipe. Chicken turned out very juicy and flavorful. Got rave reviews!

Soy free and delicious! The only downside to this is the cooling time so I just make it the day before I'm going to use it and store it in fridge.

it was fantastic! I will always use this to impress guests and to make something special for my family when time permits.

Turned out well. A little bit salty, but not overly so.

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