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Perfect Chicken Brine

Rated as 4.89 out of 5 Stars

"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
Original recipe yields 20 servings


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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.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 38 calories; 0.1 9.2 0.6 0 3423 Full nutrition

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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...

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...

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...

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!

We have tried many brines over the years. We have even invented a few of our own. I know some people say you don't need to bother with a brine, you do! And you need to try this one. This is, han...

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.

I reduced the quantity - only made 1/4 of the recipe for pork chops. Excellent. People - if you have time, brine your chicken and pork all the time. Really makes it moister!

This was my family's absolute favorite brine! We taste tested a few and this one out-weighed them all! Yummy! Moist! Flavorful!

It was the best chicken we have ever had. We hate breast meat and we LOVED IT!! What we didn't eat I made the leftover chicken in to chicken salad and the flavoring of the chicken was excellent.