Marinade Monday: Chicken Thighs & Breasts

by Kevin on March 18, 2013 · 2 comments

Marinade Monday


This is…kind of a mix of brine & marinade for chicken thighs and breasts.  I get bored with plain old water, salt & sugar.  Plus, with small pieces of chicken I am afraid a traditional brine will make them too salty.  So why not add some zip to it?

This is pretty close to how I prepare my chicken thighs for competition (hint, hint).


Marinade Monday: Chicken Thighs & Breasts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Marinade Monday:  Chicken Thighs & Breasts


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup Italian Dressing
  • 1/4 cup Kosher/Sea Salt
  • 1 tbs black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in pot and bring to boil. Let this cool to room temperature.
  2. Place chicken in brine.
  3. Refrigerate chicken in brine for one hour per each pound.
  4. Remove chicken from brine and rinse thoroughly with water.


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Adam012 August 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Trying this brinade tonight. I thoroughly enjoyed the smoked Boston butt recipe on this site so I figured I would give this one a go. Thanks and will let you know how it turns out!


Matt September 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I love this website, my first comment here was on the Smoked Whole Chicken article and every comment there echoes my opinion that if you want to make arguably the most delicious BBQ of your life, make that bird. What about those times, though, that you don’t want to smoke an entire chicken on low heat for hours? This marinade/brine is the answer to that! I marinated several whole boneless skinless chicken breasts overnight and cut them to make shish kabobs alongside steak. Absolutely delicious! 10/10, I will continue to explore and cook from here! Only thing that will make the night better is a big W for Mizzou!


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