Chicken Breast Brine

by on October 21, 2012
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Because chicken breast is lean, it gets dry when it is cooked properly.  The problem is that it can be unsafe if you don’t cook it properly.  If you BRINE it prior to cooking, it infuses the meat with more moisture and will stay moister while it finishes cooking.


  • 1 C kosher salt
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 3/4 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 gallon HOT water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 large sprigs of rosemary
  • 3 large sprigs of thyme
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • OPTIONAL:  1 tsp red chili flakes


  1. Mix all ingredients
  2. Let cool to room temperature
  3. Place chicken in zip-lock bag (if possible)
  4. Place bag in a bowl, and the bowl into the fridge for an hour soak
  5. Agitate about every 15 minutes
  6. After an hour soak, prepare the breasts as you normally would


  • Amounts listed are for a four chicken breasts, but just use what you need and store the rest in the refrigerator for up to a month.
    DO NOT reuse brining liquid after it has been used

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