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Mesquite Chicken Brine

Mesquite Chicken Brine


"This is a fabulous and simple chicken brine/marinade that leaves the bird wonderfully juicy inside."
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10 m servings 173 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 173 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Carbs:
  • 43.1g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 13375 mg
  • 535%

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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  • Cook's Note:
  • I use 2-gallon Ziploc(R) bags set in a large kettle for my brine container.
  • To brine chicken: Submerge chicken in the brine for 6 to 12 hours. Remove chicken from brine. Set uncovered on a wire rack with plate beneath; place in the refrigerator until skin dries, 6 to 12 hours. Cook chicken until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove chicken from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Editor's Notes:
  • Always brine foods in a food-grade, nonreactive container such as a stainless steel or enameled stockpot, a brining bag, or a food-grade plastic bucket.
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine ingredients. The actual amount of brine consumed will vary.

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While brining always helps my chicken stay moist, the flavor of this brine was not near as tasty as I anticipated. The herb bribed chicken was much preferred by my guests.

I made this for some cornish hens I smoked over the weekend. One word. Excellent! My only regret is that I didn't smoke a few more birds so that I could have leftovers for lunches. The brine mad...

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