Savory Chicken Brine


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

Prep Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs
6 servings


  • 1 (5 pound) whole chicken

  • 1 gallon cold water

  • 1 tablespoon dried sage

  • 1 tablespoon dried celery seed

  • ½ tablespoon dried thyme

  • ¾ cup kosher salt

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • ¾ cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons seasoned salt


  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.


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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

626 Calories
29g Fat
27g Carbs
61g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 626
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 228mg 76%
Sodium 14333mg 623%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 61g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 501mg 11%

* 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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