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Let's Stop Dry Chicken in It's Tracks with Pickle Brined Chicken!

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Dry chicken is an epidemic in most households and it’s time to fight back! Now what I say next might shock you but soaking your chicken in pickle juice is the answer!

Brining chicken has been around for a while and most restaurants do it, now it’s time you tried. Pickle juice will give you the juiciest chicken ever! Whether you’re a pickle lover or not this is a must try!


  • 1 1/2 cups dill pickle juice, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 large skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Whisk pickle juice, brown sugar, kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 pinch cayenne pepper together in a large bowl until sugar dissolves. Submerge chicken breasts in brine, using a plate or bowl to sink the breasts into the brine; refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  3. Remove chicken breasts from brine, discard the brine, and dry chicken breasts with paper towels.
  4. Brush each breast with olive oil and season each with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  5. Cook chicken on the preheated grill until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Transfer chicken to a plate, tent the plate with aluminum foil, and let chicken rest for 5 minutes.