Our Pickle Brine Chicken is one of our favorite ways to consistently grill juicy and flavorful chicken. Whether you’re feeding a crowd or making a batch to eat throughout the week, we promise you’ll fall in love with the ease and flavor of this recipe.
Delicious Pickle Brined Chicken
Why would we brine chicken in pickle juice? We’ve been asked this a time or two, and the answer is simple. Because it’s one of the easiest ways to ensure juicy and flavorful chicken without adding a bunch of additional seasonings. The pickle juice lends its slightly tangy flavor to the chicken while keeping it moist throughout the cooking process.
What You Will Need
- pickle juice – The star of the show, we’re pleased to introduce you to the most simple way to get juicy and flavorful chicken every time. It brings the right amount of savory flavor mixed with garlic, ending with a hint of tang. Any mild pickle juice will work, but the juice from these refrigerator dill pickles is our favorite.
- bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs – Cooking with bone-in, skin-on chicken provides for a richer, fuller chicken flavor, that you can’t fully appreciate until you try it.
- kosher salt & ground black pepper – the simpler the better with the seasonings in this recipe. The pickle juice does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to flavor.
How Long Will I Need To Brine Chicken In Pickle Juice
We recommend allowing yourself a minimum of two hours to brine your chicken. However, if you have the time, we love brining overnight for the richest flavor. Just make sure you don’t leave it in the brine for longer than 24 hours or it will change the texture of the meat.
What Kind Of Pickle Juice Should I Use
Because your pickle juice will greatly impact the flavor of your chicken, we recommend going with a simple, clean option like the juice from this refrigerator dill pickle recipe. You’re welcome to grab some from the grocery store, but try to avoid a pickle juice with a yellow hue or that’s loaded with a lot of extra ingredients.
What To Serve With Pickle Brined Chicken
We love grilling up a batch of these for a crowd with a crisp veggie side dish like grilled corn on the cob, garlic green beans, or easy grilled broccoli. And if you’re looking for something a bit heartier, try your hand at some smoked baked beans or these yummy smoked potatoes. And if you’re really feeling like going all out, whip up this easy strawberry crisp. You won’t regret it.
How To Make The Juiciest Pickle Brined Chicken
Remove your pickles from the pickle jar, leaving the juice behind.
Place your chicken thighs in a medium mixing bowl and pour pickle juice over the top.
Cover and place your bowl in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours or overnight.
Remove chicken, discard brine, and place chicken on a plate and pat dry.
Season with kosher salt and black pepper.
Bring the grill up to high heat (around 450 degrees) and place chicken skin-side down on the grill grates over direct heat for 3-5 minutes and then flip. Cook the other side until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Remove the chicken from the grill and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
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Pickle Brine Chicken
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Brine Time: 2 hours
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Chicken
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: American
Pickle Brine Chicken – a simple, easy pickle brine chicken recipe that is SO GOOD! The chicken turns out so juicy and delicious!
- Approx. 1 cup pickle juice* (I recommend the juice from these Refrigerator Pickles)
- 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- kosher salt
- ground black pepper
- Place chicken thighs in a medium bowl.
- Pour pickle juice over top.
- Cover and place in the refrigerator a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.
- Remove chicken from brine (discard brine) and place on plate.
- Pat dry with clean paper towel.
- Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
- Bring grill up to high heat (about 450 degrees F.).
- Place chicken skin-side down on the grill grates over direct heat (directly over flame) for 3-5 minutes and then flip.
- Cook on other side until internal temp reaches 165 degrees F. (use a meat thermometer).
- Remove from grill and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- *Pickle Juice: the pickle juice you pick will greatly impact of the flavor here. I like the pickle juice from these Refrigerator Dill Pickles because it is clean and light tasting – I wouldn’t recommend a pickle juice that is particularly yellow with lots of extra ingredients. I also like the juice from these Refrigerator Dill Pickles because it has garlic and onions in it that also are great to brine with the chicken.
- Chicken Breasts: you can also use chicken breasts, boneless chicken thigh, etc. – this will work with any cut of chicken, but I prefer using with with bone-in chicken thighs.
- Whole30/Paleo: if you use the Refrigerator Pickle juice these will be Paleo/Whole30 – check your ingredients if using store-bought pickles.
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This looks so good! I’m guessing this would work on chicken drumsticks too?
Yes! It definitely would!
So yum!!! It turned out great!!
Yay!! So happy to hear that!! Thanks for coming back to leave a review – I really appreciate it!