What is a recipe for a simple chicken brine?


Quick Answer

To create a chicken brine, combine 1 gallon of cold water, 1 cup of kosher salt and a half cup of sugar. Then, bring the mixture to a boil until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Next, remove the heat, add herbs and spices, and refrigerate to below 40 degrees.

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What is a recipe for a simple chicken brine?
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A chicken brine is used to moisten the chicken, improve texture and infuse the flavor of any herbs or spices into the chicken. The process works by pulling juices out of the meat while the brine, along with the other added ingredients, are pulled into the meat. The salt in the brine alters the proteins in the meat and makes it harder for moisture to escape during cooking. The sugars in the brine are absorbed by the water in the meat, making it even more moist when cooked.

To brine a chicken, you should place the chicken into the brine, whether it is thawed or frozen, and then place it in the refrigerator. The chicken should be left to soak for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours depending on the size of the chicken. Then, remove the chicken from the brine, rinse it off, and it is ready to be cooked.

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