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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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 servings
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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  • 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

38 calories; protein 0.6g; carbohydrates 9.2g; fat 0.1g; sodium 3422.9mg. Full Nutrition
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