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Two flavorful chicken brine recipe that are both moist, tender and juicy. A wet brine and a dry brine recipe that you can use for any poultry, ready to roast or in a smoker for smoked chicken.
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Easy Chicken Brine Recipe (Video)

Two flavorful chicken brine recipe that are both moist, tender and juicy. A wet brine and a dry brine recipe that you can use for any poultry, ready to roast or in a smoker for smoked chicken.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken brine recipe, dry brine, how to brine chicken, wet brine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time in Fridge 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 1 chicken
Author Peter's Food Adventures

Ingredients

Wet Brine

  • 1 gallon / 4 litres of water
  • ¾ cup table salt or use 1 cup of Kosher Salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small celery stalk
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 clove
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bunch of parsley

Dry Brine

  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt or coarse salt (1 teaspoon per pound of chicken)
  • 5 teaspoons spice mix paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, thyme

Instructions

Wet Brine

  • Place all ingredients into a stock pot. Bring to a boil, mixing the ensure the salt and sugar has dissolved. Boil for 4 minutes and remove from heat. Place into refrigerator until completely cooled before using.
  • Fully submerge chicken into cold brine solution. Cover and refrigerate at least overnight, up to 24 hours. Remove from brine, season and cook by your preferred method.

Dry Brine

  • Mix together the salt and spices. Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken, including the inside cavity. Cover and refrigerate at least overnight. Cook by your preferred method.

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