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    Quick & Easy Chicken Brine

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    45 mins

    15 mins

    30 mins

    SugaJ's Note:

    This comes from an episode of "Cooking for Real" with Sunny Anderson. The brining portion is all that is listed here; however, if you are interested in the chicken recipe in it's entirety, it's called "Grilled Chicken with White Wine Mushroom Sauce". I needed a brine for a smaller amount of poultry.

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    1. 1
      In a large bowl mix together water, lemon juice, sugar and salt until dissolved.
    2. 2
      Add lemon quarters and chicken.
    3. 3
      Marinate for 30 minutes.
    4. 4
      Remove from marinade and pat dry.
    5. 5
      Chicken is now ready to be used in your favorite recipe.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 15, 2014

      great recipe ! I followed the directions exactly as written to brine 6 very large chicken thighs, bone in, skin on. They came out great, very moist and flavorful.

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    • on December 29, 2013


      Most brine recipes call for 1 cup kosher salt per gallon of liquid, so to me, this is obviously too salty. Table salt has smaller grains, but less is required than kosher, I forget the ratio. i was looking for a brine that doesn't need to sit overnight, like most of my recipes call for. I don't think this is it.

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    • on July 14, 2013


      We used Kosher salt, measured perfectly, did not exceed 30 minutes and even rinsed the chicken since I suspected it would be too much. The salt is way too much. I think that you could go with 1/2 cup salt and be fine. Or possibly cut the time down to 15-20 minutes. Don't think of adding any salt to the chicken after you cook it. This is a very amateur way of doing it and serious cooks would steer clear of this. Stick to a longer brine with less salt and more herbs and spices.

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    Nutritional Facts for Quick & Easy Chicken Brine

    Serving Size: 1 (507 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 345.1
    Calories from Fat 142
    Total Fat 15.7 g
    Saturated Fat 4.5 g
    Cholesterol 108.8 mg
    Sodium 28408.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 13.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 12.8 g
    Protein 35.6 g

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