How to Brine a Chicken – Basic Chicken Brine Recipe

  • Author: Jenna
  • Prep Time: 5 m
  • Cook Time: 8 hr
  • Total Time: 27 minute


Basic Chicken Brine –  A simple chicken brine with only 3 ingredients that produce juicy and moist chicken!  



  • 1 gallon cold water (16 cups) 
  • 1⁄2 cup kosher salt (reduce to 1/4 cup if using regular table salt)
  • 2⁄3 cup light brown sugar


  1. Mix brine ingredients together well with a whisk.
  2. Place 1 whole chicken weighing 3 to 6 pounds (thawed) in the brine for 8  hours overnight. Cover and store in the refrigerator.
  3. Remove chicken from brine and rinse the chicken well under water. You are now ready to make a tender juicy chicken dish of your choosing.

  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Brine
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1