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Basic Chicken Brine

Basic Chicken Brine is a salt and sugar solution used to soak chicken or other meat to enhance flavor, moisture, and tenderness.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Pieces of Chicken
Calories: 177kcal


  • ½ cup kosher salt (See Tip 1)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 quart (4 cups) water
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat (See Tip 2)


  • Whisk together the salt, sugar, and water.
  • Place chicken in a bowl. Pour brine on the chicken. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour and up to six hours.
  • Before using the chicken, rinse well and pat dry.
  • Yield: 4 brined chicken breasts.


  1. I used Morton Kosher salt. If you use regular table salt, reduce the amount to ⅓ cup.
  2. Each piece of chicken that I used weighed approximately 8 ounces.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 14278mg | Potassium: 421mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg