The story of tender pickle brined chicken is one of experimentation and flavor exploration. It all began with a pickle-loving chef who wanted to infuse the tangy and savory taste of pickles into a juicy and tender chicken dish. After much trial and error, the perfect recipe was born – one that uses a brine made from pickle juice and spices to transform ordinary chicken into a flavorful and tender delight.
The process of pickle brining involves soaking chicken in a mixture of pickle juice, water, and spices for several hours or overnight, allowing the flavors to permeate the meat and create a juicy and flavorful chicken. The result is a succulent and delicious chicken dish that will satisfy any pickle lover’s craving. Whether grilled, baked, or fried, pickle brined chicken is a must-try for any adventurous foodie looking to add some tangy and savory flavor to their chicken dinners. Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftover pickle juice and reduce food waste. Here’s a recipe for pickle brined chicken that will have your taste buds dancing:
Pickle Brined Chicken Recipe
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups dill pickle juice
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- In a large bowl, whisk together the pickle juice, water, salt, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper until combined.
- Add the chicken breasts to the bowl, making sure they are completely submerged in the brine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results.
- When you’re ready to cook the chicken, remove it from the brine and pat it dry with paper towels.
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat or preheat your oven to 400°F.
- Grill or bake the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, about 6-8 minutes per side on the grill or 20-25 minutes in the oven.
- Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
- Don’t have pickle juice on hand? Use pickle brine from a jar of pickles instead!
- For extra tang, add a splash of vinegar to the brine.
- Use leftover pickle brine to make a tasty salad dressing or marinade for other meats.
This pickle brined chicken is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next barbecue. It’s easy to make and bursting with flavor. Give it a try and let us know what you think!