Simple Chicken Brine


This simple chicken brine will help make the meat more tender and juicy.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
1 gallon


  • 1 gallon warm water

  • ¾ cup kosher salt

  • ¾ cup soy sauce

  • cup sugar

  • ¼ cup olive oil


  1. Pour warm water into a container that is twice the volume of the water. Add salt, soy sauce, sugar, and olive oil; stir until sugar and salt have dissolved. Allow brine to cool to room temperature.

    Simple Chicken Brine
    Simple Chicken Brine.

To Use:

Place chicken in brine, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours for skinless breasts, 4 hours for bone-in pieces, and 4 hours to overnight for whole chickens. Drain and pat the chicken dry before cooking. One gallon of brine is enough for 6 pounds of whole chicken or bone-in chicken pieces, and up to 10 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breasts.

Editor's Note:

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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