Fried Chicken with Homemade Brine

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Fried Chicken Is a Southern Staple – So Delicious

Fried Chicken is simply a staple in a southern home and a southern cook living in the North is pretty happy to supply this delicious recipe for their family too. But this Fried Chicken recipe has a different spin on it. Making your chicken with a brine.

This was a new concept to me until I learned about a Brine Turkey. And figured it should be doable for a chicken for sure. The extra flavor that you get with using a brine is amazing and it is a fantastic coating and cooking process.

I think you are going to love it and if you enjoy cooking anyway, using a Brine for your home made fried chicken is just something you have to try.  Here’s the recipe


Fried Chicken with Homemade Brine
Serves 12
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790 calories
95 g
10 g
35 g
27 g
6 g
816 g
6862 g
30 g
0 g
27 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 790
Calories from Fat 299
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 6862mg
Total Carbohydrates 95g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 30g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. *For the Brine:*
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  4. 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  5. 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  6. 12 cloves garlic
  7. 4 quarts water
  8. 1/2 cup sugar
  9. 2/3 cup kosher salt
  10. 1 cup white wine
  11. 1/2 cup honey
  12. 4 tablespoons black peppercorns
  13. 2 quarts ice
  14. 2 whole fryers, cut into 8 pieces each
  15. *For the Seasoning and Frying:*
  16. 6 cups all-purpose flour
  17. 4 tablespoons dried marjoram
  18. 2 tablespoons dried tarragon
  19. 2 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper
  20. 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  21. 2 tablespoons granulated onion
  22. 6 cups buttermilk
  23. 1 quart peanut or canola oil
  24. Salt
  25. Special Equipment: Large cast iron skillet or heavy skillet, for frying
  1. *To make the brine:*
  2. In a large stockpot, over medium-high heat, heat oil and sweat the onions, peppers and garlic until just softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add water, sugar, salt, wine, honey and peppercorns and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat, let cool 15 minutes then add ice to cool completely.
  4. *Frying chicken:*
  5. Submerge chicken pieces into brine and refrigerate for 4 to 12 hours.
  6. Remove chicken from brine, rinse and pat dry. In a small bowl, combine the flour and spices. Divide mixture between 2 shallow bowls.
  7. Pour buttermilk in a separate bowl. Dredge chicken pieces in flour, then buttermilk, then dredge in second bowl of flour. Set pieces on a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack and let chicken rest 15 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet to 350 degrees F. Add the chicken carefully, cooking in batches, if necessary. Do not overcrowd pan.
  9. Cook chicken until golden brown and cooked through, about 20 minutes, turning pieces as they brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately season with salt and serve.
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Fried Chicken is Not Difficult and Adding A Brine Is Fabulous!

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