Pickle-Brined Chicken

Brining chicken in pickle juice tenderizes the meat and amps up the flavor. A buttery dill sauce makes this dinner taste even more delicious.

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Pickle-Brined Chicken

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Marinate: 8 hrs to 24 hrs
  • Bake: 15 mins 475°F

Pickle-Brined Chicken

Directions

  1. Drain pickles, reserving brine (about 4 cups). Place pickles in an airtight container. Store, covered, in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Add chicken to brine in a large pickle jar or place in a large resealable plastic bag set in a bowl; seal jar or bag. Chill for 8 to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Remove chicken from brine; pat dry. Discard brine. In a small bowl combine flour and pepper. Coat chicken with flour mixture; shake off any excess.
  3. In a large, heavy ovenproof skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, skin side down; sear until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Turn chicken; transfer skillet to oven. Bake 15 minutes or until juices run clear (180 degrees F). Remove from oven. Transfer chicken to platter; let rest 5 minutes.
  4. Return skillet to stove. Remove fat from skillet, reserving 1 Tbsp. in the pan. Return skillet to heat. Add wine; bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Using a wooden spoon, scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan until wine nearly evaporates, about 2 minutes. Add broth; bring to boiling until reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 2 minutes. Stir in butter. Season to taste with pepper. Remove from heat; stir in dill. Pour sauce over chicken. Top with chopped pickles and red sweet peppers before serving.

Nutrition Facts (Pickle-Brined Chicken)

  • Per serving:
  • 409 kcal cal.,
  • 30 g fat
  • (8 g sat. fat,
  • 7 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 11 g monounsatured fat),
  • 161 mg chol.,
  • 498 mg sodium,
  • 5 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 1 g sugar,
  • 27 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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