Buttermilk Brine for Chicken with Variations

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Renée G.

By
@ReneeCooks

Often times I'm asked "Just what do you brine a chicken IN?" Well, it varies so I thought I'd include a few choices here. Lindsey (granddaughter) I hope you are paying attention. ;-)

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Ingredients

BASIC RECIPE

1 quart buttermilk
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
whole chicken and/or chicken pieces

How to Make Buttermilk Brine for Chicken with Variations

Step-by-Step

  • 1Combine buttermilk, salt, and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain before using.
  • 2VARIATION #1
    Curry
    Add 4 tsp. curry powder, 2 tsp. ground cumin, and 2 tsp. ground turmeric.
  • 3VARIATION #2
    Chipotle
    Add 2 Tbsp. adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chiles in adobo.
  • 4VARIATION #3
    Louisiana-Style
    Add 2 Tbsp. smoked paprika, 2 tablespoons Tabasco, and 2 tsp. celery seeds.
  • 5VARIATION #4
    Lemon-Dill
    Add 2 thinly sliced lemons, 4 finely grated garlic cloves, and 2 cups chopped fresh dill.

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About Buttermilk Brine for Chicken with Variations

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American