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Pickle-Fried Chicken

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"Use brine left over from your favorite pickles to add flavor and keep your fried chicken moist."
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3 h 30 m servings 369
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 chicken thighs)


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  1. Place chicken thighs in a resealable plastic bag; cover with pickle juice. Seal and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  2. Drain pickle juice from thighs. Cover chicken; refrigerate until ready to fry.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Heat 2 inches oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Pour buttermilk and flour into 2 separate bowls. Season flour with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in buttermilk. Toss in flour. Return to buttermilk and toss in flour a second time. Place chicken on a rack set over a baking sheet.
  6. Fill Dutch oven with as many thighs as possible without crowding. Cook at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Place thighs on the baking sheet. Repeat until all pieces are fried. Transfer thighs to the oven.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 5 to 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Season with a pinch of salt.


  • Editor's Notes:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of dill pickle juice, buttermilk, and flour. The actual amount consumed will vary.
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 369 calories; 16.7 35 18.9 61 3053 Full nutrition

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Have used pickle brine for fried chicken for a number of years. My wife, who was raised in Tenn., said that this recipe is very much used recipe in her home State. Both of her grandmother's us...

Brining works ok, but I took it a step further and injected it with the juice after brining. Much big pickle flavor!

I did this recipe with pork chops and it was awesome!!!