I’m working on a post about cooking juicy, flavorful chicken breasts, and before I publish that, I wanted to post my very favorite brinerade for chicken, with a printable.
I got this recipe from Cook’s Country and my goodness, it’s SO useful.
What’s a brinerade?
It’s a cross between a marinade and a brine. So, it’s got way less water than a brine does, and it’s basically a really salty marinade but with no acid.
(ATK/CC/CI feel that acidic marinades make chicken mushy, not tender.)
What does a brinerade do?
It does an amazing job of making chicken tender, juicy, and flavorful, in very short order.
A quick 90 minute (or overnight if you like) soak in a few pantry ingredients will transform your chicken. Seriously.
What’s in this brinerade?
A few ingredients that you probably have on hand already!
I know it seems like this should not make a big difference in your chicken, but trust me, it does.
Should you brinerate in a dish or a bag?
I always brinerate my chicken in a glass lidded Pyrex dish, which works great for me and avoids a single-use plastic bag.
But a plastic bag also will work fine.
What should you use brineraded* chicken for?
*is this a word? I don’t know!
I use this recipe whenever I need basic chicken for a dish.
For instance, it’s great in chicken salads, chicken pasta, on green salads, and in sandwiches. And it’s also tasty enough to be eaten just on its own, or with a sauce.
Give this a try if you struggle with chicken breasts! And stay tuned next week for a post with more tips about cooking chicken breasts.
(Scroll down for the recipe.)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 4 (6-8 ounce) chicken breasts
- Combine first six ingredients in a lidded container; stir to combine.
- Add chicken, toss to coat. Refrigerate at least 90 minutes or up to 24 hours.
- Cook chicken on a preheated grill or in a hot pan on the stove until chicken reaches 160°F, flipping once.
- Let chicken rest 5 minutes before serving.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 98Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 794mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 0g