Brined Chicken Thighs

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By Catherine Cappiello Pappas
from Amityville, NY

Brining chicken thighs is a juicy and tender way to serve up chicken at your next dinner party!

serves 8
prep time 5 Min
cook time 40 Min


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • olive oil
  • for the brine:
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tbs. salt
  • 1 tbs. ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vinegar

How To Make

  • 1
    Combine all of the ingredients for the brine in a large pot; add the chicken thighs and refrigerate for at least two to three hours or overnight.
  • 2
    Remove the chicken thighs from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • 3
    Heat a large frying pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chicken thighs. Do not overcrowd the pan. The chicken will not get a beautiful golden color if you do.
  • 4
    When one side is golden gently turn over and cook on the other side.
  • 5
    Cooking time should take about 40-45 minutes on the stove-top or you may bake the chicken with a drizzle of olive oil at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.

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